BULLYING left kind-hearted Chloe Hine a nervous wreck.
But the 14-year-old has refused to let the playground taunts defeat her and is now recording her own music in a bid to stop bullying.
The young singer from West Leigh, Havant, has produced several of her own rap songs with Music Fusion, a charity in Havant.
Now courageous Chloe has won a £300 grant from O2 Think Big and launched her own campaign, called Beat The Bullies.
Through the therapeutic power of music, she is hoping to help three people who have suffered bullying.
She and the chosen candidates will write and record music at the studio at The Spring, in East Street.
Chloe, who attends Oaklands Catholic School in Waterlooville, said: ‘In the school I am in now, there were just people being nasty and being typical teenage girls. It’s been boys as well.
‘It caused me to be a different person – to be more worried about things.
‘I have written songs since I was seven, but they were not very good at that age.
‘But when everything went downhill at school, I started writing about how I felt and the impact it had on me.
‘All my songs are about trying to get over that and getting the message out to everyone.’
She added: ‘I think bullying is cowardly.
‘It’s a horrible way of dealing with something in your own life to take it out on another person. It’s not right. Children should not have to fear going to school.’
Last year Chloe, whose stage name is Karrera, performed at The Royal Albert Hall in front of business leaders at a conference as part of her work with Music Fusion. She also got to meet Prime Minister David Cameron.
One of her songs is called Try Not To Worry and is about teenage girls overcoming their fears about the way they look.
Her mum Emma Hine, 37, said: ‘I’m really proud of her. She’s had a really rough time and she uses music as therapy for herself.’
Bill Eyres, head of O2 Think Big, said: ‘Chloe impressed us with her commitment to making a real difference to her local community.’
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