BULLYING is a serious issue, and can affect children both in the playground and online.
Lucy Alexander is one mum who’s son was targeted by school bullies, and is urging others to speak up.
PA:Press Association Lucy and her son Felix, who was a victim of bullying
Who is Lucy Alexander?
Lucy Alexander is a mum of three whose son, Felix, took his own life in April 2016.
Felix had been bullied since the age of ten, and after years of torment, committed suicide at 17-years-old.
He became a target when Lucy did not allow him to play the 18-rated video game Call Of Duty, and he was teased at King’s School, Worcester, where he was studying at the time.
As he got older, bullies began to target him online, using sites such as Ask.fm to send him abusive messages.
Since Felix’s death, Lucy has set up The Felix Project at Pershore High School (Felix’s second school) to help teachers spot the signs that someone is being bullied, and to teach students to support their peers.
She has raised money for children’s mental health charity Place2Be, which aims to try and help other young people who are suffering.
Lucy has also written an open letter to encourage others to be kind their peers, and to notice the signs if someone is being bullied.
PA:Press Association Felix was just 17 years old when he took his own life
What did Lucy’s letter say?
Here is Lucy’s heartbreaking letter in full:
“On April 27th 2016 our beautiful 17-year-old son took his own life. He decided to do this because he could not see any way to be happy.
His confidence and self-esteem had been eroded over a long period of time by the bullying behaviour he experienced in secondary education.
It began with unkindness and social isolation and over the years with the advent of social media it became cruel and overwhelming.
People who had never even met Felix were abusing him over social media.
He found that he was unable to make and keep friends as it was difficult to befriend the most “hated’ boy in the school.
His schoolwork suffered and he found school a daily struggle.
He changed schools for 6th form, something he would not contemplate before, as even though he was miserable he was also terrified of the unknown and was sure that because he felt he was so worthless, another school would make no difference.
He did make friends at his new school and the teaching staff found him to be bright, kind and caring.
He was however so badly damaged by the abuse, isolation and unkindness he had experienced that he was unable to see just how many people truly cared for him.
I write this letter not for sympathy, but because there are so many more children like Felix who are struggling and we need to wake up to the cruel world we are living in.
I am appealing to children to be kind ALWAYS and never stand by and leave bullying unreported.
Be that one person prepared to stand up to unkindness. You will never regret being a good friend.
I have been told that ‘everyone says things they don’t mean on social media’.
refer to caption. Lucy has spoken about her son on This Morning
Unkindness is dismissed as ‘banter’ and because they cannot see the effect of their words they do not believe there is one.
A quote I saw on Facebook recently resonated with me and I think is worth thinking about before posting anything on social media.
Our children need to understand that actions have consequences and that people are wounded, sometimes fatally by these so called ‘keyboard warriors”.
Not all children participate in online abuse, but they may be guilty of enabling others to do it.
They do this by not reporting it, by not supporting or befriending the child being abused, which just validates the bully’s behaviour.
I appeal to teachers to look out for signs that children are struggling.
Poor grades or poor behaviour may signal a child crying out for help.
Listen to parents who may report problems and monitor their social interactions. Are they sitting alone at break time or lunchtime? Are they particularly quiet or are they perhaps too loud?
I do not expect teachers to be psychologists but they have a unique overview of children’s lives and they are able to recognise a difficulty early and help signpost towards help.
Education is a vital part of change. Children need to be shown from a very early age the necessity of kindness to each other.
Incorporate these valuable lessons into the PSHE programme early in a child’s school life.
They all have smart-phones at a very young age and it is vital that they are guided on how to use them responsibly and kindly.
Meghan And Harry’s Official Wedding China Has Gone On Sale… And We Want To Buy The Lot
PRINCE Harry and Meghan Markle’s wedding is approaching next month with the cake and dress designer all rumoured to be in place.
The pair are due to wed next month at Windsor Castle, and as part of celebrations marking the occasion an official line of commemorative china has gone on sale.
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Personally approved by the couple, the range was unveiled by The Royal Collection Trust and is available to buy on their website.
There are just five pieces in the collection, a miniature mug costing £19.95, a full size mug costing £25, a £35 pillbox, a tankard for £29 and a plate which costs £49.
The border design is inspired by the 13th century Gilebertus door of St George’s Chapel, where the ceremony will be held.
The bone china is finished in cornflower blue with white detailing, and bears the couple’s initials in gold, tied with a white ribbon.
Royal Collection Trust All profits from the china will go to charity
Royal Collection Trust The plate is the most expensive item
Finished in 22 carat gold, each piece will be presented in a blue gift box and accompanied by a miniature card explaining the design and detailing the couple’s upcoming wedding.
Nuala McGourty, Royal Collection Trust’s retail director, said: “Royal Collection Trust is delighted to offer the official range of commemorative china to celebrate this happy occasion.
Royal Collection Trust It is believed the pair will be made the Duke and Duchess of Sussex
Royal Collection Trust The couple personally approved the design
“We are pleased to continue our support of the potteries of Stoke-on-Trent, who have manufactured our previous commemorative wares to celebrate royal birthdays, anniversaries and weddings.”
The china was hand-made in Stoke-on-Trent using traditional methods, and all profits from sales will go to registered charity The Royal Collection Trust.
The collection can also be purchased from Royal Collection Trust shops at The Queen’s Gallery, Buckingham Palace, Windsor Castle and the Palace of Holyroodhouse.
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Can You Tell The Difference Between These £18 Heels And An £830 Gianvito Rossi Pair?
EVERYBODY wears shoes, from work boots to high heels or flip flops and slippers around the house.
A well-made pair of designer shoes can cost thousands with some labels, such as Gianvito Rossi, seeming out of reach without applying for a loan.
The shoe on the left is the pricey designer heel
But without shelling out an eye-watering amount, you can rock a nearly identical pair of the label’s stiletto ankle sock boots, which cost £830 including tax.
Online retailer EGO sells a dupe pair for £17.49, down from £34.99.
In classic black, they’re guaranteed to go with nearly every outfit.
But with one costing hundreds less than the other, you’ll have some cash left over to buy a whole new wardrobe to pair them with.
The bottom shoe is the Gucci number
And with summer on the way if something breathable is more your style, you may fancy a pair of Gucci’s Princetown metallic leather slippers.
But with a £535 price tag, if you’re willing to compromise these pair from online shop WithChic are a bargain at £26.72, down from £31.36, and even feature the same gold chain detail.
Rolo Pointed Toe Sock Boot In Black Faux Suede, £17.49, EGO
This heel is currently on sale, saving you even more money Metal Detail Glitter Overlay Flat Mules, £26.72, WithChic
This glittery number stands out from the crowd
We Test Sultry Nightwear To Set Pulses Racing As You Ditch Your Winter Warmers
THE clocks go forward this weekend – so it’s time to swap your winter-warmer nightwear for sexier numbers. Put away those flannel PJs and bulky dressing gowns and set pulses racing with sultry spring-summer sets.
Here, CLEMMIE FIELDSEND gets model Tinna Bergs, 33, from Putney, South West London, to try some of the best and give each a verdict and rating out of five.
Tinna says: ‘Top feels unique and bust detail is sexy’ Top, £35, figleaves.com Pants, £25, M&S SUN RATING: 4.5/5
Tinna says: ‘Bra is sweet, comfy for bed, but big shorts are unsexy’ Pink with white embroidery set, £10, Boohoo.com SUN RATING: 2.5/5
Tinna says: ‘A nice print but the one-piece is restrictive in bed’ Floral teddy, £15, Prettylittlething.com SUN RATING: 2/5
Tinna says: ‘Comfy but still feminine with the lace. Not the sexiest – but practical’ Top, £16, Debenhams Brief, £10, Debenhams SUN RATING: 3.5/5
Tinna says: ‘The pale shade is nice and subtle, and lace keeps it sexy.’ Green set, £16, F&F SUN RATING: 4.5/5
Tinna says: ‘It’s my favourite. I love the plunge top and the shorts’ frills. Comfy but sexy’ Navy top and shorts, £10, Boohoo.com SUN RATING: 5/5
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