Identify and respond to students’ need for additional support
The Safe@School teacher training module on bullying prevention stresses the importance of following up with students after a bullying incident (see Bullying Prevention/Healthy Communication/Problem-Solving). When students are targeted by racism, sexism and homophobia, they may need additional support. Teachers can play an important role by building a bridge between the student and specialized supportive resources in the school or community.
Some examples of specialized support services in the community are:
When faced with a student who has experienced racism, sexism or homophobia and who is in need of support, it is important to acknowledge our limits and comfort level in deciding how we will respond. Nonetheless, teachers can ensure that students get the help they need by using available support services.