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President Poroshenko sings law on countering bullying at schools

Source : 112 Ukraine

The law will take effect the next day after the official publication
12:56, 17 January 2019

Ukraine's Presidental Administration

Ukraine’s President Poroshenko signed a law on countering bullying at schools and setting fines for violations. All information is gathered in the card of the law No. 8584.

According to the law, the bullying is 'an act of moral or physical violence, aggression in any shape or any other actions aiming to cause fear, anxiety, subdue a person to one's interests, which contain the signs of the deliberately violent treatment'.

The fine for this particular violation makes from 30 to 60 U.S. dollars or public works from 20 to 40 hours in total. If the bullying act was committed by a number of people or the act was committed again during one year, the fine will make from 60 to 120 dollars, or public works from 40 to 60 hours in total. If the crime is committed by minors from 14 to 16 years old, their parents or patrons are the ones to be fined for bullying.

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Besides, any school principal who fails to report such cases to the police will be fined as well. 

The law stipulates typical signs of bullying: the systematic nature of the crime; the presence of sides involved in the act - the bully, the bullied person, and the witnesses (if any); actions or lack of action, which resulted in emotional and/or physical damage, humiliation, fear, anxiety and/or social isolation of the affected person.

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The rights and responsibilities of participants in the education process were increased in order to deter the acts of bullying. The founder of the education facility is obliged to offer the psychological assistance for all sides to the conflict, including the witnesses. The person in charge of the education facility must create a safe education environment, freed from violence and bullying; he/she develops the plan of actions to counteract bullying, considers the appeals on such cases and makes decisions on holding investigations, informing the National Police.

Both students and teachers have the right to be protected from bullying.

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As it was reported, Ukraine’s Parliament adopted this document with 228 votes of the people’s deputies in December 2018.

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