PVP Sainik School Boarding has a “Zero Tolerance” policy towards bullying behaviour and any bullying will be treated very seriously. Any boarder suspects himself being bullied should talk with a responsible senior boarder or Boarding Staff member immediately.
Definition and Identifying Factors
- Generally, ragging behaviour is intended to hurt others, no matter verbal or physical, and is typically repeated over time.
- Bullying often involves most or all of the following:
- A desire to hurt
- Hurtful action
- A power imbalance
- Unjust use of power
- Repetition (usually)
- Satisfaction by aggressor
- Sense of oppression by victim
Examples of Ragging
- Saying hurtful and unpleasant things
- Making fun of others
- Using mean and hurtful nicknames
- Completely overlooking someone
- Deliberately excluding someone from a group of friends
- Hitting, kicking, pulling hair, pushing or shutting a person inside
- Telling lies / Spreading false rumours
- Sending mean notes
- Trying to get other students to dislike another person
Dealing with a ragging situation
- Do NOT do a thing – that can contribute to the bullying
- Ensure own safety before acting
- If you feel comfortable - stop the bullying peacefully; act immediately, with tact and care. You should also befriend / offer support to the victim after the situation.
- Get help from a responsible adult/ Prefect
- Make sure both the victim and the person displaying bullying behaviour receive attention from a responsible senior or staff member
- Always talk to a member of Boarding Staff about the situation immediately after any of the above
Dealing with a ragging complaint
- If someone approaches you with a complaint that might involve bullying, always treat the matter seriously:
- Make sure the person being bullied and others are safe. You may need to comfort the victim(s).
- Try to find out the following information and write it down:
- Who was involved?
- Details about the hurtful action (what happened & by whom, where and when).
- How the victim reacted to the actions?
- What events have occurred prior to the current incident?
- Whether the victim provoked the person to rag him?
- Suggest seeing a responsible member of staff to deal with the issue together.
- If asked about confidentiality, you can offer confidentiality from other boarders, but you cannot keep confidentiality from the Boarding Staff.
- Always talk to a member of boarding staff about the situation immediately after any of the above.