Amsterdam fire department commander Leen Schaap is still struggling to change the culture within the corps, which still shows signs of discrimination, racism and bullying, Mayor Eberhard van der Laan and municipal secretary Arjan van Gils said in a letter to the city council, NU.nl reports.
The number of reports of physical violence in Dutch schools increased from 426 to 569 in the 2015/16 school year, according to a report from the Education Inspectorate. The complaints about discrimination on the grounds of race or religion decreased by around 40 percent to 28 complaints. The total number of reports decreased slightly, from 2,000 to 1,962, the Telegraaf reports.
Student Milou Deelen (21) made a video about her experience with "slut shaming" at the Groningen student association Vindicat in honor of International Women's Day. With the video, Deelen wants to draw attention to misogyny in the association, to which she herself fell victim, Het Parool reports.
Deelen's video has been viewed over 375 thousand times.
Grotius College in Heerlen held a memorial for 15-year-old student Tharukshan Selvam on Friday morning. The bullied Sri Lankan boy committed suicide last weekend.
Hundreds of students attended the memorial, according to newspaper AD. Students were given the chance to sing songs and read quotes or poems. Afterwards white balloons with messages to Tharukshan were released into the air.
School organization LVO Parkstad is launching a full investigation into the suicide of 15-year-old student Tharukshan Selvam over the weekend, chairman of the organization Frank Schings said to 1Limburg.
A 15-year-old Sri Lankan boy from Heerlen committed suicide on Sunday. According to a message his family posted on Facebook, young Tharukshan Selvam could no longer take the racial abuse, extortion, bullying and harassment on social media accounts from his classmates.
Activists involved in the debate surrounding blackface Zwarte Piet released a statement calling for calm on Monday after a meeting with the Ministry of Social Affairs. They feel a calm and respectful discussion is what is needed on the subject
Support for blackface makeup on Sinterklaas character Zwarte Piet is steadily declining, though the vast majority is still in favor of it. In Maurice d e Hond's latest political poll 21 percent of Dutch indicated that it is time for Zwarte Piet to change, compared to less than 10 percent three years ago.
The number of kids being bullied at school in the Netherlands is decreasing, though it is till a problem many children face on a daily basis, according to State Secretary Sander Dekker of Education. This year 10 percent of primary school kids were harassed by a bully at least once a month, compared to 14 percent two years ago. In high school, that figure decreased from 11 to 8 percent.
A 9-year-old boy from Den Helder is currently being treated for severe burns after another child doused him with boiling water while they were playing outside on Thursday afternoon, Noordhollands Dagblad reports. The police are questioning a 9-year-old suspect.
A mother from Hoorn filed a lawsuit against social network Instagram to court in an attempt to find out who created a fake account in her 15-year-old daughter's name. The account is covered in nude and sexually explicit photos. According to the mother, it isn't her daughter on the photos but she is still being bullied about it
Over 1.2 million Dutch workers are being bullied, harassed or discriminated against in the work place, the Ministry of Social Affairs and Employment announced on Monday. This unwanted behavior comes from both colleagues and managers or bosses. The ministry is launching a campaign to draw attention to this problem.
On average three children in each class of 27 students are being bullied. That is almost 11 percent of young people in high school. Five percent of them particularly mention cyber-bullying, according to a national survey done by the 25 regional health services (GGD's) and national health service RIVM
Whistleblowers at the Ministry of Security and Justice "would be crazy" to report internal irregularities, because all they will get in return is to be bullied an punished, Sjaak Jansen, former Integrity Confidant at the Ministry, said to NRC. According to him, everything at the Ministry is aimed at keeping their own slate clean.
About a quarter of Dutch workers are being bullied at work. This involves verbal- and sometimes even physical attacks. Employers are not doing enough to protect their staff members.
The new anti-bullying law, officially called the Social Security at Schools Act, takes effect on Saturday, August 1st. From tomorrow, schools will be required to enforce an active policy against bullying.
The CDA in The Hague wants more to be done to tackle bullying among elderly people in nursing homes
Parents are increasingly turning to lawyers to resolve conflicts with their child's school. Lawyers and legal aid insurers are seeing more and more cases of parents who blame teachers for their children's bad grades or think that schools are not doing enough to prevent bullying.
More than 25 percent of people in the Netherlands are bullied by colleagues or supervisors. A total of 500 thousand people were harassed in the workplace last year. On Sunday Minister Lodewijk Asscher of Social Affairs launched a campaign to address this problem.
The way in which kids bully each other is getting fiercer, De Kindertelefoon (Childline) concludes from 450 thousand contacts they annually have with children, parents and teachers.
Youth's attitude towards gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people has become less dismissive in the recent years. Even though the negative conduct has decreased, there is still no complete acceptance of sexual minorities.
Radicalization should be addressed in schools, State Secretary of Education Sander Dekker told Parliament Thursday. He made the declaration in his biennial safety monitoring report to the Tweede Kamer, the lower house of Dutch parliament.
Children are increasingly often becoming the victims of crimes such as assault, robbery or vandalism. In 2013, one in five young people aged 15 to 18 was the victim of violence or a crime against property.