Bullying at the University of Newcastle (Australia)

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“Systemic bullying, hazing and abuse generally are identified with poor, weak or toxic organizational cultures. Cultures that are toxic have stated ethical values that are espoused but not employed, and other non-ethical values which are operational, dominant, but unstated.

Such cultures thrive when good people are silent, silenced, or pushed out; when bad apples are vocal, retained, promoted, and empowered; and when the neutral majority remain silent in order to survive. Those who are most successful in such a toxic culture are those who have adapted to it, or adopted it as their own”. (McKay, Arnold, Fratzl & Thomas, 2008)

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Another tragic bullying-related suicide

Madeleine Milne
Madeline Milne

Madeline Milne took her own life at age 13 due to the bullying she experienced at school.

The Daily Telegraph reports that

"Earlier this year, Mr Milne said he noticed his daughter start to withdraw from the outside world.

"There was an incident in a maths class in late February. We don't know the exact circumstances, but I believe she stood up for someone being bullied, and then she became a target too,'' he said.

"I was concerned about her, she was very anxious and didn't even want to leave the house in case she ran into these people from school, so I spoke to her and she confided in me.''
"I followed it up some time later, because I could see Maddy's anxiety was getting worse. Eventually I got the form teacher to ring back, and she said action had been taken, but she wasn't sure what.''

"We were, and we still are, very disappointed with the way the situation was handled,'' he said."

She died on Anzac day.

Our heart goes out to her family - particularly those of us who have and still continue to consider suicide following the harassment, victimisation and discrimination we have suffered at the University of Newcastle.

45 individuals who are/were students or staff at the University of Newcastle reported to us that they had attempted or considered suicide because of their treatment by the University.

1 comment:

  1. The attempted suicide at the anit-bullying rally seems very serious. Can you enlighten the details at all?