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A GROUP of gymnastics students has made a video to try to cut out bullying at their school.

Pupils from Mayfield School in North End, Portsmouth, filmed different scenes around their school set to a song called LOL.

(l-r) Alisha Salvage, Rhyanna McCready, Trinity Hatherley and Ashleigh Price, recreate a scene from their video.''Pupils from Mayfield School, North End, Portsmouth have shot an anti-bullying video.''Picture: Allan Hutchings (13570-391)

(l-r) Alisha Salvage, Rhyanna McCready, Trinity Hatherley and Ashleigh Price, recreate a scene from their video.''Pupils from Mayfield School, North End, Portsmouth have shot an anti-bullying video.''Picture: Allan Hutchings (13570-391)

The song is a national anti-bullying song, which tells the story of people who are bullied for doing something they love at the hands of those who are jealous because they can’t succeed.

The video has now had more than 1,100 views on YouTube.

The girls had previously performed gymnastics to other students with an anti-bullying message.

Gymnastics teacher Dani Geddes said: ‘Most of my girls said they had been bullied for doing things that they loved.

‘We listened to the song and the team came up with ideas and we came up with a story.

‘It was about telling people to speak up and continue to love what we do. It’s a big thing for everyone involved to be proud of. They all worked very hard.’

And she added that it’s been a huge success.

‘We hope that the message gets out there for the people who are bullied. It’s going to help them move forward,’ she said.

‘Doing this video gets us noticed and gets the message noticed.

‘It’s had lots of views which is pretty exciting for them as it puts their name out there.

‘We are using gymnastics to make it even more different – that’s what they love doing.’

Student Trinity Hatherley, 12, said: ‘Bullying is horrible and we wanted to show the bullies what they are doing is wrong.

‘We’re hoping that people get the message we’re sending.

‘That is why we did different scenes, so people can see all the different ways it happens.’

Alisha Salvage, 13, added: ‘We heard about two girls in America who had made a song and our teacher suggested that we do a video.

‘We wanted to do it to help those who are bullied and so we created our video around the school to show different ways people can be hurt.’

Ashleigh Price, 13, said: ‘We didn’t think it would get that many views but it is something different and we’re the only school to have done something like this in Portsmouth.’