June 1, 2010
FREDERICTON (CNB) - About 100 students, parents, and educators will meet in Fredericton on June 17 for a Minister's Summit on bullying in New Brunswick schools.
The summit will allow for an informed discussion on how best to address the issue.
"We know that bullying continues to be a serious problem in our schools," said Education Minister Roland Haché. "However, we also know that there are many excellent initiatives happening in the schools to deal with this problem, many of them led by students themselves. We are bringing people together so that everyone can share their perspectives because eliminating bullying can only be done by working together."
Expert panelists have been invited to discuss different aspects of bullying, including the department's anti-bullying policy, legislation, and positive anti-bullying initiatives currently underway in New Brunswick schools. There will be a strong student presence and a wide cross-section of interested participants will be invited to the one-day session.
The department will release a discussion paper for feedback in advance of the summit and will be collecting input by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or by regular mail. The paper will remain on the website for two weeks after the summit in order to allow enough time for people to submit comments.
Panel presentations will be video-taped and posted to the department's website.
MEDIA CONTACT: Valerie Kilfoil, communications, Department of Education. 506- 444-4919.