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Teenagers go under knife to beat bullies... 

HUNDREDS of Scottish youngsters have had NHS-funded cosmetic surgery - including breast enlargement - some of them in a desperate bid to escape being bullied at school.

Scotland on Sunday can reveal that at least 40 girls under 18 have had operations on the NHS to enlarge or reduce their breast size in the past five years. Another 21 youngsters have had surgery on their noses while more than 520 children have had prominent ears pinned back.

 

Health officials insist cosmetic operations are only carried out on children suffering from severe psychological problems due to their appearance, but senior surgeons have revealed that some of the youngsters were referred for surgery after suffering taunts at the hands of bullies.

The figures have alarmed doctors and children's groups who claim teenagers should not be having such surgery at an age when their bodies are still growing. They fear many teenagers are under undue pressure to look a certain way due to the fashion for surgically enhanced celebrities such as glamour model Jordan.

The statistics, obtained under the Freedom of Information Act, reveal that in Glasgow four 13 to 15-year-olds underwent surgery to reduce their breast size as did one youngster in the 16 to 17-year-old group. Nine people of the same age had breast enlargements while three had breast lifts, which cost around £3,000 each.

Surgeons in Aberdeen also carried out one breast enlargement, one breast reduction, one breast lift and inserted a breast prosthesis. There was one breast reduction in the Highlands.

NHS Lothian, which has Scotland's second-largest plastic surgery unit at St John's Hospital in Livingston, said it had paid for a dozen cosmetic operations on under-18s in 2005 alone. These include five breast operations. The previous year they carried out six cosmetic operations on youngsters.

NHS Lothian also admitted it had carried out seven nose reductions while there were 10 similar operations in Argyll and Clyde and 11 in the Highlands.

John McGregor, a consultant plastic surgeon for 26 years before he retired this year from St John's Hospital, said: "The few breast enlargements I was involved in during my career were usually youngsters who were suffering from a severe asymmetry or were suffering an element of bullying at school.

"We saw a few girls aged 14 and 15 who had big bumps on their noses and had reductions because they were having difficulty studying for exams due to bullying. I am a little bit surprised that these type of cases are having operations while so young when they are likely to still be developing.

"I would urge caution to parents about going down this route until their children are older. This is a time that is difficult for children and it might not be absolutely right."

Ken Stewart, a cosmetic surgeon at BUPA Murrayfield and St Johns Hospital, added: "Not one of these operations will have been done for flippant cosmetic reasons. Breast augmentation is not carried out routinely unless a psychological assessment has recommended it or they are affected by a disease affecting breast development."

By far the most common cosmetic operation carried out on children was pinnaplasty, where prominent ears are reshaped and pinned back.

There were 63 such operations in Dumfries and Galloway, 28 in Argyll and Clyde and 427 in Glasgow. The youngest child to get an operation on their ears was aged less than five years old at Yorkhill hospital in Glasgow.

Adam Searle, President of the British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons, warned against carrying out cosmetic operations on children when they are too young.

He said that in many cases characteristics such as small or asymmetric breasts will become less noticeable as the youngsters' bodies develop.

He said: "There are obvious situations in which plastic surgery may assist a teenager with obvious deformity, for example marked asymmetry of their breast or correction of a substantial nasal deformity.

"The complex mix of adolescence, self esteem, peer pressure and surgical treatments, however, carries potential for problems."

He added that the popularity of TV programmes such as Nip/Tuck and Cosmetic Surgery Live had led to many teenagers considering cosmetic surgery as a viable option. Surveys by teen magazines such as Bliss have revealed that a third of teenagers have considered cosmetic surgery.

Searle added: "With the media pressures on teenagers to look good there may be an increase in requests for plastic surgery in the future."

Strict guidelines mean that teenagers under the age of 16 may not have cosmetic surgery without parental consent. The expensive operations can only be carried out on the NHS after a patient has been referred by a psychologist.

Andrew Mellor, manager of the Anti-Bullying Network, expressed concern at children seeking cosmetic surgery after being bullied.

He said: "We know that children with disabilities or disfigurements can be subjected to verbal taunts and bullying. Surgery is obviously an extreme solution but could be considered by those who are particularly vulnerable. The work we are doing in schools is to make people take responsibility for their own actions and words and be aware of the consequences they can have."

A Scottish Executive spokeswoman said: "Where someone's cosmetic appearance is causing them severe and intractable psychological distress then clinicians can decide it is right for the NHS to support surgery to reduce that distress."

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Ex-recruit claims 'I was bullied'
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Gareth Rees is waiting to see a specialist about his knee
A former army recruit who was training at the same barracks where Private Gavin Williams died is considering legal action against the army.

Gareth Rees, 18, from Pembroke, claims he was bullied and assaulted while on basic training at Lucknow Barracks, Tidworth, Wiltshire.

Gavin Williams, 22, of the Royal Welsh Regiment, collapsed at the barracks and died after a punishment exercise.

The Ministry of Defence said any complaint should be made to the police.

Mr Rees claimed his knee was so badly injured that he is unable to work and is waiting to see a specialist.

Lucknow Barracks in Tidworth
The MOD said all complaints are fully investigated

He said: "I got woke up half two in the morning by someone gripping me round the throat.

"He punched me twice in the face and told me to run outside - he told me the corporal wanted to see me.

"As I was running outside, he pushed me from behind. I smacked my knee on the wall. It turned out it was mistaken identity. It wasn't me they wanted at all."

On Monday last week, 22-year-old Gavin Williams, from Penpedairheol near Caerphilly, died during a disciplinary exercise at the base in Wiltshire.

'Beastings'

Mr Rees, who has since left the army, claimed he and other recruits at the barracks were put through disciplinary exercises - dubbed "beastings" for the smallest infringement of rules.

He said: "It was a punishment. If someone did something wrong or if someone did not clean things properly, you got "block" jobs to do, like clean the hallway.

"If something wasn't done, they would give you a punishment. You would get beastings all the time and it was just a pain.

"I had them three times a week, four times a week. Sometimes you'd get them twice a day, three times a day."

Mr Rees said he tried to leave the army three times before he was allowed to go.

'Fully investigated'

He is on a waiting list to see a specialist about his knee and currently has been signed off as sick by his own GP.

The Ministry of Defence said it would not comment on individual cases but in a statement said: "If anyone has a complaint they should obviously make it to the police.

"All complaints will be fully investigated as they are being in the case of Private Gavin Williams."

Five servicemen were questioned over Mr Williams' death and released on police bail.

Mr Williams' grandfather, Ralph Williams, called for a full army inquiry into his death.

A two-minute silence in Mr Williams' memory was held at a carnival in his home village on Saturday.


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Hi H6, your post about teenagers under the knife is to me shocking news. What's more scary is that these kids have been traumatised enough for their parents to resolve to this. There needs to be much more done in schools ect but what? It seems to me too that something should be getting done about the Cosmetic Surgeons agreeing to this, are they doing what seems the inevitable these days in following the American culture? It should be monitored more and only carried out in extreme cases. In my day the dentist wouldn't give you a Cap if you weren't fully grown, nowadays it seems anything goes as long as it's filling up the bank accounts. You'll get a 36FF with your cut n blow dry shortly won't you!! xxxsteeleyma (i wish!)

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Hi steelyma, Yes indeed it is a frightening prospect with cosmetic surgery for kids although no doubt some do need it to help them with self confidence it does tend to sound like an Americanised way of dealing with it.

 

As for the parents? Unless you know all the facts it is hard to criticize them as the problems stem from school bullying etc.

 

 


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Woman sues bully mother-in-law
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A woman, who was bullied by her mother-in-law, has been awarded £35,000 in damages.

The case was brought under the Protection from Harassment Act 1997, normally used to deter stalkers.

Nottingham County Court heard that Gina Satvir Singh endured months of cruelty at the hands of her mother-in-law, Dalbir Kaur Bhakar.

Mrs Singh, from Bunny, Nottinghamshire, went to live with her mother-in-law after getting married.

'Brave' woman

The court was told she moved to London to live with her husband and his family but the marriage broke up after four months.

This is believed to be the first time someone has brought a damages case against a family member under the Protection from Harassment Act 1997.

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Dalbir Kaur Bhakar will have to pay £35,000 damages

The court heard how Mrs Singh was left exhausted after she was also made to work in the house for long hours, doing chores, which included cleaning the toilet without a brush.

She was only allowed to make one telephone call a week and was not permitted out of the family home unless accompanied.

Mrs Singh was also forced to cut her hair, which was against her Sikh religion.

After the hearing, her solicitor John Rosley, said: "This was a very difficult case, brought by a very brave young woman, who is now rebuilding her life.

"There must be many women who could bring such a case but do not.

"My client has only had the strength to run the case, due to the staunch support that she received from her family and her faith in her religion."


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Bullied City worker wins £800,000
Helen Green
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A City worker employed in the "department from hell" has won about £800,000 damages for bullying.

Helen Green, 36, sued Deutsche Bank Group Services (UK) Ltd claiming harassment by colleagues and a lack of support from bosses.

She said colleagues stonewalled her, laughed in her face, blew raspberries and told her: "You stink". But the firm denied any bullying or harassment.

After the ruling, she said bullying was a widespread hidden menace in the City.

Mr Justice Owen, at the High Court, said Miss Green had been subjected to a "relentless campaign of mean and spiteful behaviour designed to cause her distress".

'Crying at desk'

She said she had suffered psychiatric injury after working in the bank's secretariat division from 1997 to 2001.

The court heard Miss Green, of Tower Hamlets, east London, was verbally abused, ignored and denigrated to the point where she would sit at her desk silently crying.

The court heard Miss Green believed she was targeted by four women - Valerie Alexander, manager of the insurance division; her PA Fiona Gregg; telephone directory administrator Daniella Dolbear; and Jenny Dixon, a PA.

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Deutsche Bank denied any bullying

She denied doing anything to justify their behaviour and said she never talked down to them.

She was promoted twice before she received stress counselling in March 2000, paid for by the company, and assertiveness training.

In September 2000, she had a nervous breakdown and was in hospital on suicide watch.

Five months later, she returned to work but relapsed. Her job was kept open until September 2003 when her employment was terminated.

Medical experts on both sides agreed she developed a depressive disorder but could not agree on the cause.

All City businesses will have to do more than pay lip-service to this hidden menace
Helen Green

Deutsche Bank denied breach of statutory duty or bullying, instead relying on Miss Green's vulnerability to mental illness.

The bank's counsel, Geoffrey Brown, said evidence given on Ms Green's behalf appeared to be describing the "department from hell".

The judge awarded her £35,000 for pain and suffering, £25,000 for her disadvantage in the labour market, £128,000 for lost earnings and £640,000 for future loss of earnings including a pension.

After the ruling, Miss Green, now training for an academic career, said: "My case was not an isolated one. At the trial the court heard evidence about other victims.

"Not only does Deutsche Bank have to put its house in order, but all City businesses will have to do more than pay lip-service to this hidden menace."


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Addressing bullying behaviour in the workplace...

MOST of us associate bullies with the cruel taunts of the school playground, but for a growing number of people, putting up with bullying behaviour is a harsh reality of adult life. More and more, workers are becoming victims of verbal and sometimes physical abuse in the workplace.

Bullying is now estimated to affect as many as four out of five workers in the UK, according to some recent surveys, and it is argued that unless all employers start to take the issue more seriously the situation will only get worse.

Bullying can be displayed in many forms, and a large percentage of individuals fail to report the abuse.

Bullying can be displayed in many forms, and a large percentage of individuals fail to report the abuse.

Clearly many employers are failing to recognise the financial incentives to tackle bullying, as the cost of compensating bullied workers can be punitive. As a recent example, London secretary Helen Green was awarded £800,000 after she was bullied by co-workers at a large German bank.

Any compensation bill excludes the burden of legal fees – if an employer loses a case in court or at an employment tribunal – or the potential damage to the company's reputation and future attempts to recruit staff.

The Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development estimates that bullying and harassment in the workplace costs businesses dear, leading to an annual loss of 80 million working days and the equivalent of £2 billion in lost revenue.

The official figures, however, may mask a wider problem. It is thought many employees – lacking the confidence that their concerns will be addressed – will leave their jobs rather than make a formal complaint. According to a survey conducted by the large Manchester-based employment law firm Peninsula, four in five British workers said they had been bullied but incredibly only ten per cent complained to their employer.

"This poll highlights serious concerns faced by employers regarding the growing issue of bullying in the workplace," says Peter Done, Peninsula's managing director. "This suggests that workers do not feel confident enough to tell their bosses they are being bullied, notably because they feel they would not be taken seriously.

"By taking such a stance towards bullying, employers are attempting to brush the problem under the carpet, which can have serious consequences."

This is not what is meant by stamping out workplace bullying.

This is not what is meant by stamping out workplace bullying.

Private industry is not the only sector that has problems, as – ironically – the caring professions are also far from immune. The Royal College of Nursing (RCN) recently reported that one in five Scottish nurses had been bullied in the past year, with ten per cent of victims choosing to resign to escape the problem.

"Nurses are trained to deal with stressful situations as part of their working day," says Jane McCready, RCN Scotland board chair. "However, it is unacceptable that many are placed under further pressure because of intimidation from their managers or colleagues. No-one should have to work under such conditions."

Bullying and harassment can take many forms. In addition to outright physical violence and verbal aggression, there are more insidious forms such as deliberately ignoring or isolating colleagues, or the opposite by receiving unwanted streams of text messages or phone calls.

Claire Hendry, an expert in employment law with Anderson Strathern in Edinburgh, says sometimes the person accused of being a bully may not realise that the behaviour is unacceptable. But she says the key is not whether someone has intended to bully a colleague, but whether that behaviour has caused offence or harm.

"What one person might find to be offensive conduct, another person might find OK," Hendry says. "Some managers will believe that they are being firm – that is the way that they manage. Some will deal with some employees more harshly because they think they are under-performing.

"But bullying and harassment in the workplace are not only unacceptable but can create serious problems in the organisation."

Employees clearly have rights and Hendry says one of the first questions will be whether someone has legal protection. In 2003, UK discrimination law was amended to cover harassment on grounds that include disability, race, religious belief and sexual orientation.

Even if someone has not been discriminated against as far as the law is concerned, they may still have cause to resign and sue the employer for constructive dismissal or make a complaint under health and safety legislation.

As all employers have a common law duty of care towards their workers, Hendry says the best approach is that they try to address the problem as soon as possible. But she says that few businesses have a policy in place to deal with the issue – they merely react after a complaint is lodged.

"Organisations are waiting for bad behaviour to happen rather than focusing on preventative steps," she says. "They are not making the link that the organisational culture can lead to institutional bullying.

"In terms of an employer's duties, I would always advise that there should be a zero-tolerance environment. They should have clear policies to ensure that people know what to do."



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1. Employer, Edinburgh / 12:51pm 23 Aug 2006

I applaud the move towards granting people the greater rights to protection from bullying. However, it saddens me that this article is written in the familiar spirit of "you employers had better watch out".

The correspondent might also have reflected on the perception common amongst employers, that you can't as much as ask someone to do their job better, without an them going off with stress, threatening you with tribunals etc. This appears to be particularly problematic with younger employees.

The protection afforded by admirable improvements in employee rights risks being undermined as employers are driven to take a more and more legalistic approach. This in turn increases the chance of genuine complaints being marginalised among the spurious and the dishonest.

Furthermore, we risk formalising our workplace relationships to the point of utter banality.

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2. jackie, falkirk / 2:48pm 23 Aug 2006

I chose a career in nursing, as i wanted to care for the sick 27 years ago.
Over the years i have came across many bullies, i worked in a busy dept, we are already under great stress, verbal and physical abuse seen daily with relatives & patients.
A uk survey showed that one nurse in 5 are being bullied/harassed by colleagues.
Bullying in the workplace is continuing to increase. Why is this continuing? Bullying has been noticeable in nursing for many years.
I have seen many good nurses leaving the proffession due to this, nobody should have to work under those pressures. It can change peoples lifes and it should not be allowed in any way.
No-body should have to tolerate this type of behaviour.
Our waiting rooms have posters that say zero tolerance towards patients who assault staff and is well supported. This should also apply to fellow colleagues and anybody who think it is acceptable to bully and harass fellow colleagues.
I moved my job, due to the bullies and i am much happier working in an enviroment where this type of behaviour is not tolerated.

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3. A Nurse / 4:25pm 23 Aug 2006

Me too Jackie. I was in a management position and moved due to bullying. Too many managers get away with it because their peers see them as 'strong characters'; but they're just bullies. Nobody dare question them. I am now a staff nurse and much happier using my people skills. I do miss being able to make more of the decisions though, having to run everything past the charge nurse first is a pain. Can't have everything though.

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4. Russell / 6:11pm 23 Aug 2006

Why bullying? Because we learn by example and:

1. It's a small part of human nature.

2. The bad examples of human behaviour we see graphically portrayed in the various media as entertainment.

3. The 'Peter Principle' and the insecurity business managers feel.

4. The left's love of centralised authority, thereby creating a meddlesome government. Example: Tens of thousands of lawful firearms owners were subjected to handgun prohibition because the government did not disarm one deranged gun owner when they had the chance. Guilt and grief are, perhaps, the worst motivator for government action. "Government is not reason, it is not eloquence, it is force; like fire, a troublesome servant and a fearful master. Never for a moment should it be left to irresponsible action."

5. One of the things thrown away by the Baby Boomers, of which I am one, in their lust for freedom was the notion of kinship. The ties of respect, obedience and responsibility that hold society together and temper the actions of authority.

6. The industrial revolution gave political leaders the ability to control and waste human life on an unprecedented scale. Even though an alliance of so-called western democracies won all three global struggles during the 20th Century they were impressed with what could be accomplished by wielding absolute power. "Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely."

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5. christopher / 9:55am 24 Aug 2006

can i ask.... what sex is the worst offenders of bullying? man or woman... or is it a 50 - 50 split? i ask this as i have had male and female bosses..... and females have always seemed more highly strung and ready to explode, is this because of 'that time'..... if so is it not acceptable to think that females who perhaps suffer from this and in a position of power should have to surrender this info at interview and be asked to take a course of whatever medicine there is to comabat this!

and please.... no femanist crap here.... this is merely an observation i have made through life!

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ROAD rage baby-killer Mark Watt has been sent back to jail after punching a teenage girl in the face.

The 18-stone bully was freed early from his sentence for killing six-month-old RobbieMillar on the M8 motorway. And days later, he knocked 18-year-old Gemma Paterson to the ground in a nightclub in Perth, leaving her badly bruised and sobbing.

The 5ft 2in teenager's only crime was to ask Watt to stop brawling with another man on the dance floor.

Watt, 50, jostled another girl who tried to protect Gemma, then fled the club through a side door. Police eventually caught him more than a mile away.

Watt, a career criminal and convicted drug dealer, sickened Scotland in 2000 when he caused Robbie Millar's death by running his family's car off the motorway west of Glasgow.

He tried to cheat justice by fleeing to Tenerife. But he was snared by Daily Record investigators, brought back to Scotland and jailed for five and a half years.

The thug was released after half his sentence. And within days, he smashed his fist into Gemma's face in Perth's Ice Factory club.

Gemma saw her attacker convicted yesterday at Perth Sheriff Court. She said later: "I just went out that night to have a good time.

We were on the dance floor and I was getting pushed because Watt and another guy were pushing and shoving each other next to us.

"I went over and spoke to him and he shouted back at me.

"There was another girl in the background and she was shouting, 'Don't talk to him! He'll hit you!'

"He was an older guy and a bit out of place and I never thought for a moment he would do anything to me. I was very wrong. "He punched me and I fell to the floor. Another girl fell on top of me.

"My face was hurt. I was crying. The whole thing was such a shock."

Gemma's friend, council rent collector Michael Gray, told the court: "We were in the middle of the fight between the males. Gemma had her arms out to try and stop it and that's when he punched her.

"It was to the face, just below the eye. It was the bald man."

Clubgoer Sharron McLeod told the court Watt shoved her to the floor as she tried to protect Gemma.

She said: "I went up to him to tell him to go away. I told him to leave her alone.

"I turned to speak to the girl and the next minute we were getting pushed across the dance floor. She got pushed with me because I sort of landed on her.

"I think my hand was cut, maybe because of the fall."

PC David Patton told how officers found Watt in the centre of Perth after the attack. When Watt was charged, he said: "If I did that I'm really really sorry."

Watt, of Perth, denied assault, and blamed the incident on injuries he suffered in another crash before he killed baby Robbie.

He whined: "I had a car crash a few years ago and lost the sight in my left eye. I'm waiting for a corneal graft and without these glasses I am virtually blind.

"The only thing I can think of is that if I did strike her it was totally accidental. I am very sorry if I did it.

"She is only a wee girl. I am 18 stone. I was flailing my arms about." Sheriff Lindsay Foulis convicted Watt of assaulting Gemma on October 29 last year, but admonished him after hearing he had been returned to jail as a result of the incident.

Charges that Watt assaulted Sharron McLeod were dismissed. Watt will now go before the parole board and could be kept in jail until 2008 - the full term of his original sentence.


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Bullies 'target disabled pupils'
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The study uncovered alarming cases of bullying
Children with disabilities struggle to protect themselves from bullying because they lack confidence and friends, a study suggests.

The study, carried out by the children's commissioner for England, also found that many victims were left feeling suicidal.

The paper, to be published on Monday, will highlight cases where disabled youngsters have been bullied.

It will also include recommendations on how to deal with bullying.

Researchers examined the experiences of children with disabilities, visible illness and learning difficulties and found alarming examples of bullying.

Proposals

The report will highlight the case of a young girl who had the wheels of her wheelchair removed by classmates and the case of a boy with mild autism who was thrown repeatedly against the walls of the school corridor.

The commissioner, Professor Al Aynsley-Green, will also publish proposals for improving the handling of bullying incidents in schools.

Shortly after his appointment last year he said almost every child was affected by bullying and was growing up in a society that sees violence as "the norm".

He argued that, despite good work in schools, there was still denial about the "existence, severity and effect" of bullying.


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MILLIONS of children across Britain are too terrified to go to school because they are being BULLIED.

A shocking new survey reveals that almost a THIRD of all secondary school kids in the country have played truant to avoid their tormentors.

Desperate victims, some of them suicidal, dodge classes in any way they can—faking sickness or taking term-time holidays, often with the help of worried parents.

The report, by charity beatbullying, highlights the massive damage being done to the education of a whole generation because schools have FAILED to implement effective anti-bullying policies.

Figures show that bullies have:

  • TARGETED 69 per cent of all secondary school kids.

  • INTIMIDATED more than two million pupils into playing truant to avoid abuse.

  • FORCED 33.6 million school days to be lost every year.

    The study, which emerges at the start of national Anti-Bullying Week tomorrow, is the first to establish a link between truancy and bullying, revealing that 42 per cent of victims have bunked off school at some point as a result.

    John Quinn, development director of beatbullying, told us: "There are half a million absences every day and a third of these children are not in school because they are terrified of the bullying they are going through. The consequences are disastrous. Children who are not in school are most vulnerable to academic failure. They are easily drawn into crime and anti-social behaviour and are more likely to end up unemployed."

    The findings come in the week that the government reveals a quarter of the 22,000 secondary schools in England and Wales have STILL NOT signed up to the Anti-Bullying Charter, as demanded by the Helping Hand campaign three years ago. We called for action after tormented schoolboy Karl Peart took his own life, leaving behind a suicide note bearing his handprint, which we made our symbol of hope.

    Thanks to our campaign an independent Children's Commissioner, Professor Al Aynsley-Green, was appointed. He is due to publish his own report tomorrow which reveals that disabled pupils are most at risk.

    His research shows that those with disabilities, visible illness and learning difficulties struggle to protect themselves and many are leftfeeling helpless and suicidal by their ordeals. Last night Education Secretary Alan Johnson promised to get tough on schools who are not doing enough to beat the bullies.

    He also pledged £500,000 to set up new mentoring schemes where older children will take vulnerable pupils under their wings.

    John Quinn said: "In our report, young people have told us how they want the government to beat bullying. The first step is for schools to recognise that truanting can be a symptom of bullying and not necessarily the behaviour of trouble-makers."

    CONTACT beatbullying on 0800 1300 336 or go to http://www.beatbullying.org


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    Girl drops 'bully' claim

    A SCHOOLGIRL granted legal aid to sue a local authority over bullying claims, has dropped her action, it was revealed last night.

    Natalie King, from Newmachar, was seeking £20,000 compensation from Aberdeen City Council for psychological damage and trauma.

    But the council said the action would not go ahead, saving taxpayers thousands of pounds in potential legal costs.

    John Tomlinson, speaking on behalf of the council, said: "We will be seeking an award of expenses against Miss King."

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    Dundee schools continued their fight against playground bullies today, part of a national week of awareness. Anti-Bullying Week events have been taking place across the country all week as teachers, parents and pupils take a united stand against the scourge.

    Dundee City Council said it was encouraged many of its schools had opted into the initiative. At St John’s RC High, youngsters involved in a recently formed anti-bullying awareness group staged a fair, highlighting the issues that result from bullying.

     

    Teacher Johnny Lothian said the group was a student-led project. “We want the school to be a safer place to be and by creating a sustainable initiative tying in with the school and council anti-bullying policy.

     

    ” Student youth worker Caithleen Bell, currently on placement at Grove Academy, organised a “ring of hope”, a circle comprising dozens of pupils. She said during her time on placement at school she had seen a number of cases of bullying, often quietly hidden away from open view.

     

    “Bullying is something I feel very strongly about, and from my own experiences as well. It is often perceived as not a big problem. We see it all the time. It’s not massive, but very often it’s hidden.

     

    I think almost every school is like that. You just don’t hear much about it.” City council education convener Councillor Kevin Keenan said the authority takes the issue of bullying very seriously.

     

    “There are anti-bullying policies and individual strategies in place in every school across Dundee to encourage the victims of bullying and also witnesses to speak out.

     

    We try to support pupils who say they are being bullied, investigate their claims, and let them know something is being done about it while the claims are being looked into.”

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    28 November 2006
    HANGED SOLDIER'S BULLY HELL...

    A SOLDIER who hanged himself suffered death threats and had his nose broken twice by colleagues, an inquest heard yesterday.

    Stuart Henderson, 18, of Riddrie, Glasgow, also suffered punishments from senior officers.

    The private with the Royal Highland Fusiliers was found dead in a toilet at Episkopi Barracks in Cyprus on September 23 last year.

    Yesterday, his dad John Henderson told an inquest in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, that Stuart suffered dyslexia and co-ordination disorder dyspraxia.

    He said during training, his son suffered several beatings for not marching properly .

    He added: "He said a soldier said he was going to stab him and kill him."

    Stuart had his nose broken twice - by a punch and with agun's magazine.

    While in Cyprus, he went AWOL and sent a text to girlfriend Kerry in England vowing to kill himself .

    His dad told the inquiry: "If I had known, I would have told him to just come home."

    Aunt Carole Henderson said: "I'm not 100 per cent convinced it was suicide."

    The Record revealed earlier this year that the family feared Stuart was in debt to Army loan sharks. The inquest continues.


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    29 November 2006
    SOLDIER 'WAS NOT BULLIED'

    AN ARMY officer yesterday denied that a teenage soldier found hanged had been bullied or suffered punishment "beastings".

    Captain James Law said Fusilier Stuart Henderson had only ever received "minor sanctions", such as extra cleaning duties or extra inspections for sleeping in lessons and once being drunk.

    He told an inquest in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, that he refused to believe claims the 18-year-old Royal Highland Fusilier had been bullied.

    He said: "I do not believe for one second that there is systematic bullying in my regiment.

    "There are certainly fights and arguments that happen in a military unit but any form of bullying is investigated."

    Capt Law - Fusilier Henderson's Regimental Sergeant-Major at the time - added that informal punishments or "beastings" were a thing of the past.

    Staff Sergeant Edward Roberts, of the Army's Special Investigations Bureau, also told the inquiry that there was no evidence of bullying or illegal money-lending schemes.

    Fusilier Henderson, of Parkhead, Glasgow, was found hanged from a rifle sling in a toilet cubicle at Episkopi Barracks, Cyprus, last year.

    In the months leading up to his death, he told his family he had been bullied, suffered "beastings", had his nose broken twice and been threatened with a stabbing.


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