Ryan backs efforts to put a stop to bullying
02 July 2014
The Nationals candidate for Euroa Steph Ryan is encouraging schools across the Euroa electorate to apply for funding to help prevent and respond to bullying.
Visiting Euroa Secondary College today, Ms Ryan said the Victorian Liberal Nationals Coalition wanted to stamp out bullying in schools.
“Bullying is not acceptable anywhere, especially in our schools where students should feel safe, supported and included,” Ms Ryan said.
Ms Ryan said the Victorian Liberal Nationals Coalition Government had so far awarded $750,000 in funding to 187 schools, including Euroa Secondary College, to address bullying.
As part of the Bully Stoppers program, Euroa Secondary College students carved and glazed individual bricks to create a school labyrinth as a reminder of the school’s commitment to mental health and its commitment to creating a culture where bullying has no place.
Ms Ryan joined students and Acting Principal Kevin Bott today to view works on the project.
“The work Euroa Secondary College has done to create a positive culture where bullying has no place has become a case study for other schools around the state,” Ms Ryan said.
“The Bully Stoppers program encourages all Victorians to ‘make a stand and lend a hand’ to stop bullying.
“The funding enables schools to take existing prevention programs further and raise awareness among the broader community.
“It also helps address cyber bullying and teaches students what to do when they see someone being bullied,” Ms Ryan said.
Benalla P-12 College, FCJ College and Kilmore Primary School have also previously received funding under the program.