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The Language of “Bullying” and “Harassment”

Public debate about “bullying” flared recently in the wake of an incident in Queensland, when a fifteen-year-old boy died in August as a result of a brawl in a schoolyard. The Courier Mail reported that on average “three children in each class are bullied daily or almost daily”. According to the article, Australia’s largest study of school bullying, released in June, showed that Queensland had the highest levels of bullying in the country. The article quoted the Education Department’s assistant director-general of student services, Patrea Walton, as saying at a street community forum that bullying was “a pervasive problem in…

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