There will be no anti-bullying bylaw in Saskatoon for the next little while.
City Council has voted to hold discussions with school board trustees before moving ahead with any sort of bylaw.
One resident speaking at Council, Brigette Krieg, says bullying in schools needs to be addressed first.
She uses her daughter as an example.
She chose to approach those who were bullying her daughter and ended up making things worse for her
Krieg notes her daughter has been bullied to the point where now she’s taking fentanyl and, despite warnings, doesn’t care if it kills her.
The proposed anti-bullying bylaw would have placed prohibitions against bullying in public places, including taunting, tormenting, insulting, kicking, pushing, shunning and exclusion.
Councillor Zach Jeffries rose in favour of holding off on implementing the bylaw today (Mon.) because interest from the school boards appeared to be lacking.
He says with no one in attendance at council and everyone saying this is something that starts in schools, it doesn’t make any sense for the city to implement a bylaw without input from school boards.