Participants: Catherine & Nazbah; Bullying; Advocacy; Safe space
Catherine: With regards to, um, reporting bullying of any sort or reporting something that is –that a child feels is oppressive is that I don’t think it has to be like how it is in court where there’s hard evidence, because they’re not lawyers.
Catherine: So you have to think about that, like what –why do we ask for evidence in this way? And –or one thing that I asked ‘cause of Arden’s recent bullying from this boy who was slut shaming her and her friend, was the fact that it happened in September and the principal is telling me “well, you know, unfortunately there’s not much we can do since” and I said “I want you to ask yourself why did it take those girls so long to come to you instead of saying why didn’t they. It’s like, yah, it’s because of the fact that the system is made so they can feel ashamed for coming forward.
Nazbah: ‘Cause they don’t trust you, they don’t feel safe.
Catherine: So the question should be “what is it? What is it about the way that my office is and the way that I’ve run this school that this person can’t come forward?”