Gosport pupils pledge to take a stand against bullying

SIGNED UP From left, Jade Kirby, Ben Godley and Jade Bell with the board of pledge cards. Picture: Ian Hargreaves (133194-1)
SIGNED UP From left, Jade Kirby, Ben Godley and Jade Bell with the board of pledge cards. Picture: Ian Hargreaves (133194-1)
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CHILDREN at a Gosport school are taking a stand against bullies by signing a pledge to stamp out the vile behaviour.

Bridgemary School has launched the campaign during National Anti-Bullying week.

Pupils across the school are being asked to sign cards and 96 per cent of the school’s pupils have signed up to the scheme.

The card reads: ‘I make a commitment to take a stand against bullying. I won’t stand by, I will stand up.’

Hannah Winter is the anti-bullying co-ordinator at the school.

She said: ‘We wanted students to realise that they are signing this to say that they are going to take a stand against bullying.

‘They need to know that it’s important.

‘The biggest thing we have noticed this week was that children didn’t know who to tell.

‘It’s about showing them that there are people out there who can help.’

Ben Godley, 15, is a Year 10 pupil and one of the anti-bullying ambassadors.

He said: ‘It’s great. We need to make people more aware of bullying, especially young people.

‘People don’t quite understand the full definition of bullying.

‘For young people to know and understand and just be open about it will help them learn from it.

‘If people are signing this it means they are understanding what the message is.

‘For them to sign it is quite a strong message, especially when the entire school gets involved.

‘It shows that people won’t stand by. They will definitely try to put a stop to bullying.’

Gosport MP Caroline Dinenage was at the launch event.

She said: ‘It’s a really good idea. The fact that they have managed to get 96 per cent to sign up to it shows a huge amount of dedication.

‘If we can build an understanding at this age that it is fundamentally unacceptable I think it’s really strong for the future.’