Ian Thorpe’s documentary Bullied premiered last night on ABC TV to plenty of debate.
In the series, Thorpe and his producers give high school students hidden cameras to capture footage of bullying inside their schools. After the students gathered a certain amount of footage, Thorpe then approached the Queensland Department of Education to advise that they’d shot the footage and requesting the Department’s participation in the program.
Daily Review asked the Department whether it approved of the producers gathering hidden camera footage without their consent or knowledge. A spokesperson provided the following statement:
The Department is committed to making state schools safe and supportive places to learn.
Bullying is not tolerated in any Queensland state school.
Although the Department objects to the way source footage was obtained for this program, it is important to acknowledge the vital role that state schools play in combatting the community-wide issue of bullying in all its forms.
In that respect, the Department was prepared to participate in the program to reinforce its position and raise awareness of the extensive work schools are undertaking in this area.
With the National Day of Action against Bullying and Violence taking place this Friday, it was timely for the Department to share the message that bullying and violence are never ok.
In 2017, Queensland is leading this important day on behalf of all Australian states and territories, with approximately 2000 schools participating.