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Bully battle taken on by school

An anti-bullying campaign adopted at a Peebles school could be rolled out across the Borders if it is a success.

The Not Alone initiative has been launched by Lothian and Borders Police in partnership with agencies in the Borders who want to help put a stop to bullying in schools.

Several groups including local police, parents and youth charities have shown their support to the campaign at Peebles High where there will be a series of assemblies when concerns will be discussed in depth.

The scheme received £500 of funding from the Fairer Scotland Fund and the goal of the campaign is to raise awareness of the different forms of discrimination and promote tolerance and acceptance within the school.

Lesbian Gay Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Youth Scotland will help with the scheme and aim to challenge stereotypes of LGBT young people. They will also encourage individuals being bullied because of their gender identity to come forward and get support.

Pupils who support the campaign have been given wrist bands that they can wear.

Locality officer for Tweeddale, PC Barry Taylor, said: “Bullying is a totally unacceptable form of behaviour and it is extremely important that those who bully realise this, while victims of bullying are made aware of the help and support available to them.

“Not Alone aims to remove bullying from our schools through education and awareness raising, but also by uniting the students and deterring against discrimination.

“We have been delighted with the attitude of the Peebles High School pupils and I’m sure other schools throughout the division would benefit from being involved in this campaign.”

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