Education Minister announces anti-bullying plan

Schools will be required to keep a record of incidents of bullying under a new anti-bullying plan being launched by the Education Minister today.

The plan aims to stamp out cyber and homophobic bullying with a 12 step programme which includes the establishment of an anti bullying website, and special training for teachers and parents.

Schools found to have above average levels of bullying will be provided with supports on how to tackle the problem.

The Education Minister Ruairi Quinn says recent incidents of bullying related suicide have made the problem a priority: