Concern grows about anti-Catholic bullying in schools

Sep 10, 2021 by

by Sarah MacDonald, The Tablet:

A survey carried out among religious education teachers by the National Anti-Bullying Research and Resource Centre at Dublin City University has revealed that many of them are concerned about religious-based bullying of Catholic students.

The survey, Inclusive Religious Education: The Voices of Religious Education Teachers in Post Primary Schools in Ireland: Identity, bullying and inclusion investigates contemporary views and experiences of 214 religious education teachers in post-primary schools in Ireland around the issue of inclusion.

Some of the teachers surveyed highlighted hostility from non-religious students towards students who express faith and how, at times, the beliefs of religious students could be ridiculed.

The survey finds that religiously committed students often feel vulnerable as they are now a minority in Irish schools.

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