Bullying - Violence

What is bullying?

If a pupil is repeatedly subjected to verbal and/or moral violence (nasty nicknames, insults, mockery, bullying, rejection by the group, etc.), physical violence (pushing, hitting) or theft, they are potentially victims of harassment. When these same acts take place on social networks or by text message, the term cyberbullying is used. The consequences can be serious (lower school results, loss of self-esteem, dropping out of school, profound malaise).

What is the law on bullying in schools?

The Principality of Monaco has a specific law to combat harassment and violence in schools (Law n° 1.513 of 3 December 2021) which is implemented in schools.

This law affirms pupils' right to a safe school environment.

It provides for awareness-raising sessions for pupils and training for all staff to prevent and deal with situations of harassment and violence.

The law also creates a 'harassment-violence' contact person in each school, appointed by the headteacher. As the main contact for students who are victims or witnesses of violence, this person advises the head of the school on the choice of measures to put an end to the situation, and ensures that support and guidance measures are implemented for victims, perpetrators and witnesses of violence.

Each school has drawn up a plan to prevent and combat harassment and violence in the school environment, which can be consulted below or, on request, obtained from the school management during the opening hours of the administration office.

Your child is being bullied: what can you do?

Immediately contact the responsible for preventing and combating harassment and violence at Stella, or the school principal.

If you become aware of harassment: what should you do?

Immediately contact the responsible for preventing and combating harassment and violence at Stella, or the school principal.

The school will acknowledge receipt of this notification within 7 calendar days at the latest.

How is harassment reported?

In the first instance, the victimised pupil is interviewed to gather his or her testimony. 

The school management then conducts interviews with the alleged perpetrators and witnesses to obtain clear facts and a contradictory view of the situation.

This phase is followed, generally and except when this is not possible, by dialogue between the people concerned to raise awareness and resolve the situation over the long term.

Punishment or sanctions are applied when necessary, in the interests of both the victim and the pupil who committed the offence, in order to understand the seriousness of the act and learn to adopt responsible and respectful behaviour.

We work closely with the families, who are kept informed and involved in resolving the situation.