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Pupils invited to online anti-bullying event by Lanarkshire MP

School pupils from East Kilbride participated in the online Anti-Bullying Week event alongside Dr Lisa Cameron MP.

The SNP MP organised the attendance of pupils from St Andrews & St Brides, Duncanrig, and Calderglen High schools to help raise awareness of the impact of bullying.

Anti-Bullying Week took place between November 15 and 19.

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Hosted by the Anti-Bullying Alliance, local pupils Rachel Moran, Sammy Baird, Kathleen Nelson, and Victory Ekpekurede and Scott MacMillian took part in proceedings.

Dr Cameron is vice-chair of the Mentoring All-Party Parliamentary Group in conjunction with the Diana Award, which has a key focus on developing anti-bullying ambassadors in local schools.

Anti-Bullying Week aims to raise awareness of bullying of children and young people in schools and elsewhere, highlighting ways of preventing and responding to it to protect mental and physical wellbeing.

This year’s campaign theme was co-designed with young people, before being adapted by the UK’s leading anti-bullying organisation’s including Respect Me.

Dr Lisa Cameron MP told Lanarkshire Live: “I know from speaking with teachers in our schools, across our constituency that they are taking these issues very seriously and undertaking valuable work to develop additional support for pupils affected by bullying and mental health issues.

“Raising awareness is key to dealing with the impact of bullying and I commend pupils who have been courageous enough to speak out.

“Their courage helps others who still feel silenced and it was fantastic to see such a significant turnout from local schools who are shining examples of local anti-bullying ambassadors”.

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