Stuckey Drives Anti-Bullying Campaign

24 Jun 2010 12:13 PMJann Stuckey

24 June 2010

Member for Currumbin, Jann Stuckey MP, has thrown her full support behind implementing an anti-bullying program in high schools in the Currumbin Electorate.

“Bullying, especially cyber-bullying, has become a huge issue in our local schools, and it has been allowed to go on for too long without any strong action to stop it in its tracks,” Ms Stuckey said.

“Wesley Mission, a respected not-for-profit organisation based in Brisbane, worked with a team of young people, professional youth workers and facilitators over 2 years to create an educational program targeted at high school students.

“‘Walk in My Shoes’ is a film and resource package that explores bullying from the point of view of bullies and victims, and gives teachers the opportunity to provide a hands-on, creative approach to the issue. 

One student involved in the making of the film, fifteen year old Sharne, gave an insight into why this program is different from traditional anti-bullying education. 

“What makes our program so different from the others is that it’s made by young people for young people. We’ve been there. We know first hand what it feels like and we know how to pull ourselves out of the deep, dark hole that bullying may dig,” she said.

“Anti-bullying programs are not being heavily promoted or funded by the State Government. Much more needs to be done to curb the violence we are seeing occur too often amongst our young people,” Ms Stuckey said.

“As the State Member for Currumbin I am prepared to kick-start this program with $2,000 as I believe it will bring positive results.

“Furthermore, I encourage local businesses to join me by donating some money to ensure this program reaches as many kids as possible.

“Following my initial funding, teachers from Elanora and Palm Beach Currumbin High Schools will be specially trained and will deliver the program to students in years 8 and 9.

“With the support of the community and local businesses, this program can continue to provide targeted anti-bullying education for our local students and train more teachers for the future.

“This is an issue very close to my heart and I am determined to do what I can to try to stop the hurt and pain so many young people are facing at the hands of bullies.

Media Contact: Jann Stuckey 0439 755 919