‘It’s the bullies who have something wrong with them’By Mike Pyle
December 05, 2008
A victim of school bullying has spoken about her work as a mentor to others suffering the same treatment.
Rebecca Barker, senior peer mentor at Easthampstead Park School, uses her experiences of being bullied to help people who find themselves in the same position.
Rebecca, 17, of Wordsworth, Great Hollands, said: “I’ve been in situations of bullying before and I know how to get through it so I thought I could help others.”
Rebecca, who is studying media at A-level and a national diploma in ICT, was trained in how to help victims of bullying two years ago.
Bracknell Forest Council introduced peer mentoring into the borough’s schools two years ago.
Now all the schools in the borough use it up except Garth Hill College where they are in the process of introducing it. Sally Garforth, children and families officer for the council, said: “It’s really effective and we’re pleased we’ve been able to set it up.
“Easthampstead Park really picked it up and ran with it. It’s taken off big time and Rebecca is a big part of that.”
Now Rebecca runs drop-in sessions at breaks and lunchtime in the Ringmead school, which regularly attract 25 to 30 people.
She added: “I help them find ways of avoiding the person who is bullying them without having to hide.
“Or I try to work through their problems with them so they see there’s nothing wrong with them. It’s the bullies who have something wrong with them.”
Rebecca said: “All schools in Bracknell are showing a positive outlook and on how they can help students.”