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Enfield will tackle bullying 'head-on' in schools as police, parents and pupils give full backing
Teenagers and children spoke of the torment of being picked on at an event to tackle bullying and homophobia.
Police, pupils and parents were among those delivered a strong message on confronting bullying in the borough.
Mayor of Enfield Cllr Chaudry Anwar and the hundreds who packed the Millfield Theatre in Silver Street, Edmonton, were given an eye-opening insight into the torment and suffering of young people.
Attempting to stop homophobia in their school, pupil and youth parliament member Jake Orros, 17, and teacher Olga de Larrabeitti, of Winchmore School in Laburnum Grove, spoke about the difficulty of stamping out prejudice.
Jake said: “What kick started this was the school council about a year ago, let’s tackling homophobic bullying and we invited stonewalling. We held assemblies and guest speakers came to raise awareness.
“It’s not intentional bullying, a lot of people will say quite often ‘that’s so gay’ when they don’t mean any harm by it but they are saying it without knowing what it means. A lot less people are using this phrase after we told students what they could and couldn’t say."
Mrs de Larrabeitti was delighted with the response from students at the school after originally fearing a negative reaction from pupils.
She said: “It was really positive, they were all onboard, they all embraced it and we have noticed a significant difference in the way that students view one another. We have really strived to change people’s views and we will tackle bullying head-on."
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