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Local psychotherapist, Dr. Allison Edward, has called for the public to do better when it comes to tackling the issue of bullying. She says the effects of mistreatment at school, can have lasting psychological implications on a person’s life.

Edward’s comments come after a distressed mother posted a now viral video, of her son being beaten by his schoolmates two weeks ago. Many observers across social media platforms have expressed outrage over the actions of the older boys and have called for more to be done to remedy the scourge.

According to Dr Edward, there should be zero tolerance where bullying is concerned as it adversely affects not only the victim but the perpetrator as well. “The people who are bullying have serious issues for one, so we have to look at it on both sides of the coin” Edward said. “A lot of them sometimes have issues at home where they are neglected, where they are not being taken care of, where they are not treated kindly in the home and the only time, they come to express themselves is to take it out on persons who can’t defend themselves.”

Edwards also highlighted the fact, that bullied individuals often become bullies themselves when they are able overcome the torment. She urged schools to put measures in place to deal with persons that engage in this type of behavior to rehabilitate them before it is too late.

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Quinn St. Juste

Quinn St. Juste is a young journalist, with a background in Tourism Management. He has a passion for social and commerce related topics.

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