The Department of Education is committed to enabling students of all abilities to attend their local state schools and learn along-side their similar aged peers free from bullying.
The department and school continues to support and work with the family of the student involved in the video, and is addressing the wellbeing of the student as a matter of priority.
Any parent who is concerned about the harmful effects of bullying on their child is encouraged to immediately reach out to their child’s school or their family doctor.
There are supports available in every school, state and non-state, to help protect young people and address the problem of bullying.
This includes direct intervention and education for those involved in bullying behaviour.
Guidance Officers (who are experienced teachers with additional qualifications to support student wellbeing and mental health) can also refer students to appropriate supports within the school and community as required.
The need for rapid support for critical incidents involving bullying was the reason a specialist Bullying Response team was established in 2018.
This team of senior officers are in place to respond immediately to referrals for urgent advice and support to families affected by bullying.
The department’s Inclusive education policy supports our shared vision that all students in Queensland state schools receive the support they need to belong to the school community, engage purposefully in learning and experience academic success.
The department is building the capability of mainstream state schools to meet the needs of all students including those with disability.
In Queensland, 95 percent of students with disability who are enrolled in Queensland state schools attend their local mainstream state school.
Research evidence shows that all students, including those with disability, benefit socially and academically in inclusive schools where students learn along-side their similar aged peers.
Schools receive targeted resourcing, in addition to their core allocation of classroom teachers and teacher aide time, to help them address the diverse learning needs of their students.