The association representing teachers in Dominica has raised the alarm over bullying in schools.
It is a concern that is challenging for teachers to address, said Celia Nicholas, head of the Dominica Association of Teachers.
Teachers often have to face silence from students who are afraid of becoming victims themselves, if they report on bullying incidents, she said.
“Something happens and they know about it and they do not want to talk about it, even if they know what has been done is wrong,” she said.
Teachers have to be very cautious when seeking information from students to safeguard those who are innocent.
Nicholas said bullying in Dominican schools sometimes involves students using their cell phones, on school compound, to place embarrassing photos of their peers on the internet.
Bullying, the act of aggressive behavior to affect others, is not often highlighted publicly as one of the major issues facing Dominican schools, but teachers say it has been happening.