Aiming for positive relationships
bullying continued into fourth year measures would have to be taken.
“But if anything it is getting worse and we have now contacted the council to complain about the school’s handling of the situation.
“We feel that it has come to a very serious point where Steve’s important exam results in May could be affected by his bullies’ campaign of harassment and intimidation.”
Steve has taken inspiration from a footballing hero in his efforts to beat the bullies, saying: “I am a big Manchester City fan and every time I am going through something difficult, I think what would Pep Guardiola [ City’s manager] do or say?
“He would never tolerate this type of bullying behaviour and would be motivated to continue to apply himself to his work in the best way possible.
“I have received awards in every subject except PE and geography and been nominated as the school’s candidate in the Scottish Youth Parliament.
“I love football and other sports and want to develop a career involving sport and science.”
And courageous Steve had this powerful message for others out there being subjected to bullying: “Stand strong and don’t change who you are.
“You need to be yourself and don’t let peer pressure get you down.
“Talk to people about what you are going through and don’t bottle it all up.
“You have a bright future ahead of you and don’t let anyone stand in your way.”
The Advertiser understands that St Andrew’s High is offering Steve daily support and is “taking this matter seriously”.
Head teacher Pet e r Holmes said: “It would be inappropriate to comment on the specific issues around these allegations.
“However, bullying has no place within our school and we do all we can to support our pupils who report instances of bullying.
“We work hard to create a culture of inclusion, respect and support within our school.
“St Andrew’s High School is committed to our young people’s social, physical, emotional and mental health and wellbeing and view this as being as important as their academic attainment.
“Our anti- bullying policy makes it clear that bullying behaviour will not be tolerated within our school.” Next month will mark antibullying week and Scotland’s respectme service is urging people to join its campaign “towards respect and positive relationships”.
The #ChooseRespect initiative launched last week and will continue during anti-bullying week from November 12 to16.
Katie Ferguson, service director for the anti-bullying service, said: “Every day we make decisions about how we act towards others and while choosing respect isn’t always easy, it’s ultimately our decision.
“This year’s anti-bullying campaign aims to improve the understanding of children and young people about how, and why, they can choose respect and help prevent bullying.
“We’re encouraging those involved in influencing the behaviour of young people to ‘pledge’their support of the campaign at www. chooserespect.scot, where they’ll also find a suite of learning materials available to download for free to help explore a range of important issues with children and young people. Our aim is to get the whole country choosing respect and make Scotland a fairer and more inclusive place for every child and young person.”
Football fan Steve, at Real Madrid’s Bernabeu Stadium Making his mark Despite his troubles, Steve (left) has continued to impress in academic and sporting events, including captaining the school’s S1-3 team (pictured) to the top honour at the North Lanarkshire schools’ badminton league competition