Balloons say no to bullies...

Year 7 pupils from Bridgemary Community School lauch balloons with anti bullying messages
Year 7 pupils from Bridgemary Community School lauch balloons with anti bullying messages
Julian Brown (60) with his family (l-r) son-in-law Paul Saunders (29), daughter Sara Saunders (28), wife Karen Brown (60) and daughter Kate Brown (31).

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BLUE balloons with anti-bullying messages attached to them were released into the sky by 130 Gosport students.

The new year sevens at Bridgemary School made a symbolic commitment to fighting bullying in any shape on the last day of Anti-Bullying Week.

Annie Lanzon, anti-bullying co-ordinator, said: ‘Every week is anti-bullying week here, but this week there’s a special focus on our new students because we want them to know we are committed to making their stay a happy one.

‘Our message is you have to report bullying or no-one will know – often the people doing the bullying don’t realise the consequences of their actions.

‘I’ve just had a meeting with a parent of a student who feels he he’s being bullied. Our teachers picked up on it as they noticed he wasn’t happy in class and his attendance plummeted.

‘Bullying can have a very damaging effect on a student’s attainment and well-being which is why we take it so seriously.’