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Education Minister John O'Dowd vow over law on bullying in schools

By Rebecca Black

New legislation aimed at addressing bullying in our schools will be brought forward, Education Minister John O'Dowd has pledged.

He was speaking at the launch of this year's Anti-Bullying Week where he also presented awards to the winning pupils in this year's anti-bullying art and creative writing competition.

"Bullying is a problem that, sadly, occurs in every school all over the world," he said.

"It can happen to anyone, can be profoundly damaging and can have a negative impact on the lives of children and young people right through into adulthood.

Mr O'Dowd described bullying as a "complex issue with no single, easy solution".

"This makes it essential that we work in partnership to systematically tackle bullying, creating a better school environment for every child," he said.

"I am determined that my department will play its part in this process; and it is for this reason that I have committed to bring forward new anti-bullying legislation within the current Assembly mandate."

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