Since the last session, things had moved on in the school concerning the bullying that Nick was alleging was occurring on a widespread basis. Simon did not know all of the details, but when he had arrived that morning Mrs Abbott had come to see him and informed him that the matter was now being addressed in the school, that it had been raised at assembly and that the teachers’ awareness was now heightened on the matter. The school was adopting a policy of zero tolerance: anyone caught bullying would be disciplined and parents would be informed. It had all come about because she had herself spoken to her year head about it after having caught the kids who were giving Nick verbal abuse, in fact that very afternoon after his last counselling session. The year head had in turn mentioned it the following morning at a routine meeting that he had with the headmaster and at the next staff meeting it had been discussed.