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Bullying can create a climate of fear and anxiety in a school, distract students from their schoolwork, and obstruct their ability to learn. Recently a video showing a grade eight Glenvista High School pupil assaulting a teacher in class appeared on YouTube sparking a nationwide debate around bullying and unruly behavior in schools.

How can educators deal with bullying and unruly behavior in schools? The Department of Basic Education has put together a Discipline and Codes of Conduct for Learners Manual. Are teachers implementing this handbook, and what challenges do they face in implementing it. We use the Glenvista High School incident as a bench mark and see how this problem can be improved.

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