Children speak up about bullies
ARAMIS Surtees would like to see a world where bullying no longer exists.
The 11-year-old, who experienced bullying from years 1 to 4 and has seen friends and family damaged by it, said more needed to be done in schools and at home in order to see a change.
“I used to get bullied but I started to stick up for myself and others who were experiencing it,” he said.
“I was physically attacked once with a weapon and once without.
“It caused a lot of stress.”
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Di Wilcox, Aramis said he was taught ways to get through the tough times and found his voice to speak against bullying.
“I have seen bullying at its worst, with some incidents lasting years,” he said.
“Watching them (people I know) deal with the after-effects, it made me feel bad.
“But speaking with Di, family and friends helped me get through it and I would like for people to listen to Di Wilcox’s messages. The more they can listen to her, the more widespread her message that bullying needs to stop would be.”
Aramis said he hoped his story would encourage others to speak and have the courage to talk to someone.
“Learning acceptance (of people’s differences) and having the confidence to speak out is important,” he said. “One thing I’ve learnt is if you are being bullied, you need to walk to a safe space, so at school that might mean walking to a teacher. Find someone you can trust and talk to them.”
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Aramis Surtees is an 11-year-old boy who was bullied severely and is now an anti-bullying ambassador for the Magic Coat program. Picture: Andrew Ritchie