Schools should have a hate speech policy - psychologist

CapeTalk's John Maytham received an email from a concerned mother whose son is being bullied.

The young boy comes from a mixed race family and is being tormented because of that at his school.

Jeremy Bayer, counselling psychologist says the school should have a hate speech policy which will enable victims of hate speech to fall back on and hold perpetrators accountable.

If Carlo* does decide to seek counseling that would be a good idea.

Jeremy Bayer, Counselling Psychologist

Bayer explains that the psychological impact could be dire. It could result in academic deterioration, it could impair his concentration and make him want to stay away from school, he says.

Also read: "Internalised racial identities can be destructive and problematic"

If the school is not going to do anything, he has the right to take this further.

Jeremy Bayer, Counselling Psychologist

Bayer suggests Carlo's parents should also speak to the school to get to the bottom of the matter should they find themselves with limited resources such as pursuing legal action.

Carlo is a pseudonym used to protect the young boys identity.

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