A New Brunswick school district has assigned a full-time staff person to protect a 12-year-old boy, an arrangement that appears to be a first in Canada, and one experts say will likely do more to stigmatize the victim than stop the bullying.
When other means failed to protect Dominic, who was being taunted, kicked and punched because he is gay and overweight, administrators and at L’École Samuel-de-Champlain and School District One in Saint John suggested they assign the Grade 7 student a full-time monitor who would help guide him through stressful and threatening situations at school.
His mother, Andree (the family’s last name has not been released), thought the teacher’s aide would help protect her son. Instead, he felt isolated, further targeted by his classmates and perpetually babysat.
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