The School has a comprehensive document entitled Guidelines for Parents and Staff in dealing with Harassment and Bullying which provides a basic reference outlining the School's approach to the prevention and elimination of harassment and bullying. This is also available from the Headmaster's Personal Assistant.
Boys attending Hutchins have the right to be in a safe environment which allows them to learn, grow personally and build their own self-confidence. The responsibility to ensure that this occurs lies with every student and with all other members of the School community. Teasing or bullying is unacceptable behaviour and not an inevitable element of school life.
The School recognises that bullying can take many forms - physical, verbal, gesture, extortion, written, sexual, exclusion or threats. Racial discrimination is also a form of bullying. Bullying refers to "putdowns" or harassment and includes behaviour which is hurtful, threatening or frightening.
Bullying can occur from the time a boy has an understanding that he can affect the feelings of others. Adults frequently dismiss bullying as merely horseplay and children may be unwilling to tell adults about their experiences. Teachers have sometimes contributed to children's silence by dismissing their accounts as telling tales.
It is every boy's right and responsibility to report bullying, whether this happens to him or to someone else. If bullying occurs, boys or parents should report it to the person with whom they feel most comfortable talking. Boys and parents have a range of possible people to talk to including other parents, a senior boy, House mentors or class teacher, any other teacher, the School Counsellor or Chaplain.