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Falmouth Teenager Launches Anti-Bullying Campaign
3:28pm 17th November 2014
(Updated 3:28pm 17th November 2014)
A Falmouth teenager who was bullied tells other Cornish victims to stay strong.
17 year old Amy Jones was left too scared to go to school, when she was bullied for eighteen months.
She got called names, had things thrown at her and was sent abusive messages.
She would cry herself to sleep every night.
Amy eventually moved schools and had a fresh start.
Now she has now set up her own campaign to help other youngsters going through the same thing.
Stay Strong has gone national and received support from celebrities like Gareth Gates and Plymouth Olympic diver Tom Daley.
She has won several prizes, including the Princess Diana Award and is now the Anti-Bullying Ambassador for the UK.
Amy has this advice for other victims: "If someone is to say something to you that upsets you, definitely tell someone as it can escalate, don't bottle it up, if it is online like cyberbullying then keep evidence so you can show someone, remember that none of it is your fault and don't change who you are."
And for parents she said: "I would say definitely try and help them as much as you can, I remember with my parents I told them 'don't go into school it'll make it worse', if your children say not to, definitely do just go into school anyway, it does help massively."
For more information about Amy's campaign you can visit her website here.
- verbal abuse, such as name calling and gossiping
- non-verbal abuse, such as hand signs or text messages
- emotional abuse, such as threatening, intimidating or humiliating someone
- exclusion, such as ignoring or isolating someone
- undermining, by constant criticism or spreading rumours
- controlling or manipulating someone
- racial, sexual or homophobic bullying
- physical assaults, such as hitting and pushing
- online or cyberbullying.
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