There was a rare moment of peace on the school front last week when both the province and the BC Teachers' Federation came out in favour of a provincial strategy to educate against bullying.
For once, it appears that public school teachers and government politicians agree on something and it's a worthwhile cause: making schools safer for kids.
The new provincial anti-bullying strategy, called ERASE - Expect Respect and a Safe Education - calls for safe school co-ordinators in every district, more anti-bullying training for teachers and a new smartphone app so students can anonymously report tormenters.
Does it go far enough to ensure gay and lesbian students and others with differences get respect? Only time will tell.
Bullying is insidious, it's also complicated by the web and simple solutions won't bring about change overnight. But this rare and temporary peace between two adversaries is certainly welcome.
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