Member for Mulgrave Curtis Pitt has encouraged school students to take a stand against bullying today as part of the inaugural National Day of Action against Bullying and Violence.

“Students have the right to a safe learning environment and the National Day is a chance to take a stand and help stamp out bullying,” Mr Pitt said.

“Say no to violence and bullying in your school and your community.

“This is a Queensland initiative, which started last year, and has now been adopted nationally.

“Individual schools have been encouraged to organise their own activities to mark the National Day of Action Against Bullying and Violence and raise local awareness of how they respond to bullying.

“We are encouraging schools to sign their own declarations against bullying and violence and recommend students visit the interactive anti-bullying website

“Bullying is a serious issue in Queensland schools and I encourage people to take time out today to think about ways in which people can help stop bullying.

“This is why we formed the Queensland Schools Alliance Against Violence and brought all the major players, including Catholic, independent and state schools to the table to get serious about tackling bullying behaviour.”

Mr Pitt said the Bligh Government was determined to help schools and parents combat bullying, which is why we are supporting a second series of statewide anti-bullying seminars presented by leading child and adolescent psychologist Dr Michael Carr-Gregg.

“The Working Together Against Bullying seminars give parents, school leaders and staff further practical advice on effective ways to address bullying,” Mr Pitt said.

“Bullying has no place in our school communities. Every student has the right to learn in a positive, safe and caring environment where they can reach their full potential.”