Sixth-formers man Text A Bully

YOUNGSTERS at a Portishead school have taken over a special project to crackdown on bullies. A group of sixth-formers at Gordano School have taken over running the successful Text A Bully initiative set up by Portishead Police Community Support Officer De

YOUNGSTERS at a Portishead school have taken over a special project to crackdown on bullies.A group of sixth-formers at Gordano School have taken over running the successful Text A Bully initiative set up by Portishead Police Community Support Officer Deborah Charman and the school's Youth Watch in September 2006.Anyone experiencing problems with bullying in school can either text or call the special Text A Bully helpline which is manned by the students.The victim can then be guided by the students as to the best way to resolve the problem.The initiative has been hailed a huge success since its launch with a number of young people ringing the helpline.Previously it had been run by just female students, but this year two male sixth-formers have also stepped in to help.Lauren Robinson, who achieved 12 GCSEs this summer and is now going on to study A-levels in the sixth form, is a member of the Text A Bully team.Lauren said: "Text A Bully gives students the opportunity to talk to people who can help them if they are experiencing problems with bullying rather than being left to deal with it alone."PCSO Charman said: "The students which I have trained to monitor the phone line are responsible young adults."The scheme is a good example of students helping their younger peers within Gordano School and the wider community.


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