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Gatton school-based police officer takes stand on bullying

STOP IT: Holding up the Stop Harassing Me postcard are Lockyer District High School students Tanielle Dolan, Jackson Bridge, school-based police officer Acting Senior Constable Lilley Voigt, Ryan Milligan and Paige Large.
STOP IT: Holding up the Stop Harassing Me postcard are Lockyer District High School students Tanielle Dolan, Jackson Bridge, school-based police officer Acting Senior Constable Lilley Voigt, Ryan Milligan and Paige Large. Amy Lyne

Stop Harassing Me is the message a police officer is trying to make loud and clear.

School-based police officer Acting Senior Constable Lilley Voigt is taking a stand with a new way of standing up to bullies, as the number of students affected by cyber bullying increases.

Based at Lockyer District High School, Acting Snr Const Voigt is using a Stop Harassing Me postcard as a way to stop unwanted behaviour.

"I brought it out in the school last year," she said.

"The person being bullied will come to me, fill out the card and then I will take it to the bully."

The postcard includes details of what the message they received was and how it was received, as well as a warning if they do not stop the behaviour they may be dealt with by the police and charged with an offence.

Acting Snr Const Voigt said cyber bullying had increased this year, in particular through texting, Facebook, Snap chat and other social media.

So far, the postcard has been successful at stopping bullying.

"I want the students to be careful because what is said online, stays online and might affect job and travel prospects in the future," she said.

Acting Snr Const Voigt said cyber bullying did not get better when parents got involved, instead if parents notice a problem they could contact her.

She said cyber bullying affected both males and females equally and had an effect on the person's mental health.

Topics:  bullying, gatton, lockyer district high school, queensland police service


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