In December 2006, 11 year old Ben Vodden took his own life after being bullied on the dedicated school bus. His father, Paul, has been trying to find out about bullying on school buses but there is very little published information. With this in mind he has joined with the Diana Awards to produce a questionnaire for those who have experienced bullying on the way to school on the bus.
The information will be used to find out how much bullying occurs on dedicated school buses and, if there is a lot of it, to use the information to lobby for better care for children on such buses.
“I am” is a short film about bullying, how being bullied can make you feel isolated and how the effects of bullying can linger into adult life. “I am” the poem was written by a 12 year old girl called Laura and donated to the charity Bullying UK. PQA Coventry were kindly given permission by Bullying UK to use this poem in the film.
Bully Rights and Consequences What makes you so special, To make someone feel low, With words or threats of violence, To make them want to go, To hurt themselves or run away, Hide from their pain, A torture that you put them through, Driving them insane Laughing as they squirm, Gloating from above, Because they are different, Or because of who they love, Because they believe in God, Come from India or are a Jew, You think you can keep at them, Twisting pain with your screw, But I'm here to let you know, To tell you without a doubt, That if you got to know them, You'd know your missing out, Everyone is interesting, And can add to your life, They can show amazing love, And help when you feel strife, And they will always be there, If your there for them to, Whatever struggle arises, They will pull you through, They will always have your back, Never leave you on your own, Hold your hand in the darkness, Listen for hours on the phone, But you will never know this, Until it is to late,...
I was badly bullied throughout my school life because I walked differently to the other children.