Our officers from the Chaddesden Safer Neighbourhood Team have teamed up with an astronaut, footballer, soldiers, wrestlers and celebrities to help support victims of bullying.
The move came yesterday, Tuesday, November 14 in an event at Cavendish Close Primary School in the suburb of Derby.
The team led a convoy of police cars, army vehicles and wrestlers from Roe Farm police office to collect three pupils from their homes and take them to school, where they were joined by ex-England International and current Derby County footballer, Darren Bent.
The three had all been subject to bullying in the past and the event was to show support for the pupils, highlight that bullying is not acceptable and that victims will always be supported. A special assembly was then held at the school to discuss bullying.
The convoy also included Hardyal Dhindsa, Derbyshire Police and Crime Commissioner, who said : “We need to shine a light on the problem – and those who seek to bully others – and teach them that it is not big, clever or strong.
“Bullying has no place in our society. Those who seek to bully others should remember that we will take action.
“Bullying is often a hidden problem which is why I want people to talk about it. I want them to know that there is support for victims of bullies. We need people including teachers, friends and the medical profession, to understand the signs and know what to do in these circumstances.
“It’s not big or clever to be a bully, but it is big and it is clever to report it.”
The action was also supported by a host of celebrities sending messages of support, including, Ed Sheeran, Olly Murs, Leon Haslam, Dame Judi Dench, Carol Vordeman, Edwina Curry and astronaut Tim Peake who sent the following message: “ A bully is a person too scared to do the right thing, aim high.”
The event was organised by PC Mark Atterbury, who said: “ I really want to thank all those who have supported our action.
“We wanted to highlight that bullying is not acceptable. That we will stand together to take action against bullies and support the victims so they have the courage and confidence to come forward and report what is happening.”
Posted on Wednesday 15th November 2017