Interventions should be addressed to both bullies and the bullied in order to curb rising incidents of peer abuse or violence in schools, the Department of Education said.
"There is a bully in you and me but the solution will depend on how we address and overcome the bully in us, on how we allow the bullies around us to take advantage of us," DepEd Secretary Armin Luistro said in a statement.
Attesting to the fact that bullying "is everywhere," the Education chief shared that he also experienced bullying when he was in fourth grade.
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"It is important for us to stand up against bullying in schools. Enough is enough," Luistro said.
This, as the DepEd, along with the Jesuit Basic Education Commission, launched a tour in several campus in Metro Manila to screen the film "Bully" documenting some cases in the U.S., two of which have led to suicides.
The film will also be shown in commercial theaters after its premiere at Robinson's Galleria Tuesday.
DepEd and JBEC hope that the campaign will urge schools to take a more active position against bullying and in developing a bully-free school environment.
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"We hope this movie can reach as wide an audience as possible, especially among our students," JBEC chair Johnny Go said.
"At the very least, it should heighten awareness of this issue and begin productive discussions and reflections about a real problem that can no longer be ignored," he added.
The film is also eyed as a prelude to the launch of a JBEC campaign dubbed "Not In Our School," which is aimed defending students from abuse including bullying.
The campaign is aligned with DepEd's "Child Protection Policy" approved earlier this year.
"In light of recent local and international headlines about bullying, this film can be a timely wakeup call for all involved: parents, teachers, administrators, and especially students," the DepEd statement said.
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