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Teen speaks to students about bullying

NPOC - MW school - anti bullying presentation by Deven Witter. with Head teacher Gavin Chapel and PC Janet Anderson

NPOC - MW school - anti bullying presentation by Deven Witter. with Head teacher Gavin Chapel and PC Janet Anderson

A determined teenager who endured years of physical and verbal abuse at school has been educating students at his alma mater about bullying.

Devan Witter, from Market Weighton, paid a visit to The Market Weighton School recently to coincide with Anti-Bullying Week and talked to Key Stage 3 students about what they should do and where they can go if they are being bullied.

He conducted a presentation to Year 7, 8 and 9 pupils, which focused mainly on words people use, and how they can be interpreted differently.

The 16-year-old, who is an ambassador for the Beat Bullying charity, was accompanied on the day by local Police Constable Janet Anderson, who explained to students what the police can do to stop bullying and informed them of anti-bullying laws.

Devan said: “It went really well.

“I wanted to make students aware that there is help out there if they are being bullied.”

Gavin Chappell, headteacher of The Market Weighton School, said: “We do lots of work about bullying and it’s good to have a different perspective from a former pupil.”

During his school days, Devan was called names regularly and beaten up in the playground.

He received support from Beat Bullying, and later decided to become an ambassador for the charity to help other children who are victims of bullying.

 

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