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Bertus Preller Looks at the Role that Parents Need to Play in Preventing School Violence

Everyone's Guide to Divorce and Separation“Parents do play a vital role in helping to prevent violence at schools and children are in most instances a symbol of where they come from”, writes Bertus Preller for News24 Voices, “If we as parents fail our parental responsibilities we fail our kids and society at large.”

Preller’s recent column looks at the problem of violence in schools and discusses how children are influenced by their home lives. Preller is the author of Everyone’s Guide to Divorce and Separation and is a family law and divorce attorney who has written previously about the importance of ensuring children’s needs are put first in family situations.

Violence in schools generated considerable media attention in South Africa in recent years. In the past year alone, local media coverage have again fuelled public opinion that school violence in South Africa is escalating at an alarming rate and that something needs to be done about it. Most of us have seen the shocking video of a school boy assaulting a teacher and the most recent video of a school girl assaulting another girl.

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