Anti-bullying work impacts on pupils

Bispham High School students Scott Smith, Liam McClean,  Hollie Shone, Klaudia Wasiela, Charley Boyes and Joshua Hill-Barreiro with Chief Crown Prosecutor Nazir Afzal and Deputy Headteacher John Topping.
Bispham High School students Scott Smith, Liam McClean, Hollie Shone, Klaudia Wasiela, Charley Boyes and Joshua Hill-Barreiro with Chief Crown Prosecutor Nazir Afzal and Deputy Headteacher John Topping.
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A WEEK of events focussing on the impact of bullying has been hailed a success in schools across the Fylde coast.

Pupils and parents have been engaged in workshops to stamp out abuse and spread a more positive message.

Students from Bispham High School yesterday spent the day with the Crown Prosecution Service in Manchester as recognition for their contributions to the week.

The group of six students from the Bispham Road centre discussed ways to tackle cyber-bullying, how to deter perpetrators and the most effective punishments.

Josh Hill-Barreiro, 14, from Bispham, said: “We’ve been learning about internet safety and how to stop cyber-bullying because it can be quite shocking.”

Klaudia Wasiela, 14, from Blackpool, added: “I think it’s important people know what the consequences of bullying are, or else they might put things on the internet without thinking of the effects.”

The group made up a North West youth panel, discussing with the Chief Crown Prosecutor how cyber-bullying as a crime would be treated.

At Lytham St Annes Technology and Performing Arts College, pupils followed a theme of Make Bullying Unacceptable.

Wearing wristbands to show their commitment to the cause, creating films offering advice to victims and posters discussing the effects of cyber bullying were just some of the ways pupils explored the topic.

The school, on Worsley Road, St Annes, has now set up a peer mentor scheme for victims of bullying to turn to.

Lauren Lockhart, 13, said: “You hear stories of bullying which start in a small way and just keeps growing.

“We need to stop it now by being on the lookout for the tell tale signs,”

Schools have now vowed to continue the anti-bullying ethos.

John Topping, deputy headteacher at Bispham High School, added: “Every week will be anti-bullying week from now.”

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