NEWS

Threats and abuse

Nearly half of the children interviewed throughout the school system have been subjected to teasing or insults. Over half of all primary school pupils had more complaints in this department. More worrying is the fact that one in 10 children say they have been approached by drug dealers. Nearly a quarter of all surveyed admit to having teased or insulted another child and one in four say they have been hit (37.4 of primary school children). Naturally, very few (12.3 percent) admitted to having struck another child but 84 percent said they had seen a child striking another, whether at school or elsewhere. Other complaints range from being accused of something (18 percent) to being avoided by other children (16.6 percent), although no particular reason was given, such as being «snotty» or «goody-goodies.» However, almost an equal number say they avoid some of their schoolmates. Just over 14 percent report being threatened by a fellow-pupil, but less than 5 percent admitted to doing so. A fifth, meanwhile, said they had been approached by a person whom they believed wished to sexually harass them.