Pupils vow to stamp out bul­ly­ing

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Calder­head High School hosted a Men­tors in Vi­o­lence Preven­tion (MVP) Con­fer­ence to help pupils stamp out bul­ly­ing in Shotts.

MVP is de­signed to train pupils to speak out against bul­ly­ing and all forms of vi­o­lent and abu­sive be­hav­iour.

It fo­cuses on an in­no­va­tive ‘by­stander’ap­proach that em­pow­ers each pupil to take an ac­tive role in pro­mot­ing a pos­i­tive school cli­mate.

Within the MVP pro­gramme young peo­ple are iden­ti­fied not as vic­tims or per­pe­tra­tors but as em­pow­ered by­standers able to sup­port and even chal­lenge abu­sive and bul­ly­ing peers.

Coun­cil­lor Heather McVey opened the con­fer­ence in the Assem­bly Hall and thanked the men­tors.

Sarah Quinn, lo­cal Mem­ber for the Scot­tish Youth Par­lia­ment spoke on the is­sue. Pupils watched a per­for­mance of‘Crush’by the Baldy Bane The­atre Com­pany, a pow­er­ful drama that looks at the is­sues sur­round­ing abuse in teenage re­la­tion­ships, gen­der stereo­typ­ing and the me­dia’s im­pact on young peo­ple’s body im­age and be­hav­iour.

James Docherty of the Vi­o­lence Re­duc­tion Unit talked about the im­pact of vi­o­lence; PC Kenny Blades of Po­lice Scot­land con­sid­ered sex­ting and the le­gal frame­work for the shar­ing of in­ti­mate im­ages; and Anne Trevor­row, ed­u­ca­tional psy­chol­o­gist, dis­cussed trauma and nur­tur­ing.

Pupils were also asked to make a pledge by writ­ing down one thing they will do to tackle gen­der vi­o­lence and bul­ly­ing by Elaine Byrne, the home school part­ner­ship of­fi­cer at Calder­head.

Artist Gra­ham Ogilvie also pro­duced il­lus­tra­tions.

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