Ou­trage over heart­less bul­lies mak­ing life hellish for dis­traught teenage pupil

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Emo­tions were run­ning high among the Ad­ver­tiser’s Face­book com­mu­nity as read­ers re­acted to our shock­ing story about a 13-year-old girl be­ing sub­jected to a sus­tained cam­paign of vile ver­bal abuse at Coat­bridge High School.

Heather Pater­son posted: “I know ex­actly how this poor fam­ily feel. My daugh­ter (15) has been out of school since April due to two years of ter­ri­ble bul­ly­ing.

“She’s gone from be­ing bub­bly and out­go­ing to not leav­ing the house at all and now gets home tu­tors... and noth­ing has hap­pened to the bul­lies.”

Brian Gil­mour added: “Ut­terly heart­break­ing. Had a few in­stances of bul­ly­ing at my daugh­ter’s pri­mary school and never got a res­o­lu­tion I felt was ap­pro­pri­ate.

“Th­ese days it all seems to be about pro­tect­ing or mak­ing ex­cuses for the bul­lies.”

Kim­ber­ley Buchanan Melville com­mented: “Dis­gust­ing. This is all you hear about with that school, they def­i­nitely need to get a grip of it. And par­ents need to drum it into their chil­dren that bul­ly­ing ain’t tol­er­ated.”

Les­ley Bowen said: “I got bul­lied at school 35 years ago. It’s tragic that we have come no fur­ther in the decades that have fol­lowed. I can’t imag­ine how much worse it is now with so­cial me­dia.

“The only thing I can say now is that it won’t last for­ever and it will get bet­ter.”

Safeera Sharif sug­gested a pos­si­ble so­lu­tion: “My child is go­ing through some­thing sim­i­lar in high school. The whis­per­ing and sar­cas­tic com­ments are get­ting my child down to the point he wants to be home-schooled.

“But we need to have more talks with schools to see what we can do, and the teach­ers to en­cour­age kids not to say nasty things.”

Jim Wil­liamson opined: “Ab­so­lutely shock­ing that this has been al­lowed to hap­pen to this poor girl.”

Bul­ly­ing hell The 13-year-old vic­tim has been tar­geted at Coat­bridge High School

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