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Children dress in the pink for International Stand Up to Bullying Day

AGAINST BULLYING ... Coun Joan Atkinson with youngsters from STANLEY's at Primrose.
AGAINST BULLYING ... Coun Joan Atkinson with youngsters from STANLEY's at Primrose.

YOUNGSTERS in South Tyneside are standing up to bullies.

Groups across the borough took part in special activities as part of International Stand Up to Bullying Day.

Bullying can cause misery for those affected and the culture of bullying is completely unacceptable.

Coun Joan Atkinson

Under-fives from STANLEYs at Primrose and STANLEY’s at Bede, both in Jarrow, donned pink T- shirts to show their support.

The campaign was started by two Americans who took a stand for a fellow student who was bullied for wearing a pink shirt to school.

Coun Joan Atkinson, lead member for children, young people and families at South Tyneside Council, said: “We know that bullying can blight young lives and cause misery for those affected.

“We work hard to ensure we have effective anti-bullying policies in place but we need the support and buy-in of our young people for these to work.

“As a council we are always looking for new ways to get across our anti-bullying messages so I’m delighted that our very youngest residents are joining in with this campaign.”

Members of the Friends Against Bullying group also got involved.

They created mini T-shirts, which have been combined to make a giant T-shirt which has gone on display at Simonside Climbing Wall, in South Shields.

Coun Atkinson, added: “I’m delighted that so many young people have supported this campaign.

“This giant shirt sends a very powerful message that bullying will simply not be tolerated in South Tyneside.

“Bullying can cause misery for those affected and the culture of bullying is completely unacceptable.”

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