Tue, 14 Nov 2017 21:30 Y Byd ar Bedwar


Tue, 14 Nov 2017 21:30

Yn ystod wythnos gwrth-fwlio byddwn ni'n holi a oes digon yn cael ei wneud i drechu'r bwlis. During anti-bullying week, we ask if enough is done to tackle the bullies.


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-This footage was filmed outside

-a Welsh-medium secondary school...

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-..as a girl was bullied

-by fellow pupils.

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-Tonight, she speaks for the

-first time about the experience.

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-When it stopped, I just sat there.

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-One bent down and said,

-"I think she's dead."

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-We also hear from the family

-of a girl from Pembrokeshire...

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-..who took her own life

-after being bullied on line.

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-If there had been education within

-the school of identifying it...

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-..things might have been different.

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-The Children's Commissioner of Wales

-has called on the government...

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-..to do more to tackle the problem.

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-Bullying has a huge effect

-on children...

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-..and on children's ability

-to learn.

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-Tonight,

-as part of Anti-Bullying Week...

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-..we look at two prominent cases

-on the bullying register.

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-It's Saturday morning in Bridgend.

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-In a supermarket car park,

-children, parents and teachers...

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-..are about to set off

-on a 12km walk...

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-..to stand up to bullying.

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-One group has travelled from the

-nearby Cynffig Comprehensive School.

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-35 of us are here today.

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-We're raising money to help organise

-more activities in the area...

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-..to support people

-who have problems.

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-We're providing information

-to schools.

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-Leanne Geddes teaches at the school.

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-She says the school has done a lot

-to try and tackle bullying.

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-She says it's a constant battle.

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-It can be a huge problem

-in schools...

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-..but at our school, there's plenty

-going on to help children.

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-The charity is helping children

-in the county...

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-..who suffer

-at the hands of bullying.

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-The organiser of the walk

-is Finola Pickwell.

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-She's a development officer for

-the Stand Against Bullying charity.

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-It was established three years ago

-in Bridgend.

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-Having worked with children

-and young people for years...

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-..she says that bullying is

-a complex and intense experience.

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-The imbalance of power

-might not be there...

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-..but if a young person

-perceives there is an imbalance...

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-..they will feel threatened.

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-It can be a one-off event but

-if the person it's happened to...

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-..believes there's a potential

-for that event to happen again...

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-..they'll be scared

-and that's being bullied.

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-Most of the children and young

-people on this sponsored walk...

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-..have experience of bullying.

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-I want to raise money because

-I was bullied when I was younger.

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-What's your message to bullies?

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-Just stop it.

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-Just don't make other people

-feel sad.

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-It doesn't make you happy when

-you bully someone so why do it?

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-There's no point.

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-Not everyone can discuss the matter

-so openly.

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-According to a survey

-by the Ditch the Label charity...

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-..1.6 million people in Britain

-were bullied last year.

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-46% of those decided not to discuss

-the problem with others.

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-Huw Irranca-Davies

-has joined the walk.

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-A local AM, he is also the Minister

-for Children and Social Care.

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-Bullying is a problem

-that's under the surface.

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-That's a problem in itself.

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-There are very few children

-and parents discussing the problem.

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-That's why it's so important

-to raise the profile of bullying.

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-A serious case of bullying emerged

-almost a year ago...

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-..in Barry.

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-Georgia Thomas-Peters was on her way

-home from Ysgol Bro Morgannwg...

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-..when two pupils attacked her.

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-Someone filmed the incident

-on a phone.

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-BEEP

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-You got beat the BLEEP up.

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-Tell me what was happening

-when you walked down here.

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-Tonight, a year after the attack...

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-..Georgia speaks about her

-experience for the first time.

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-She returns to the scene

-of the attack...

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-..where dozens of pupils

-were witnesses.

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-Everyone grabbed their phones and

-started filming before it had begun.

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-Where did it happen?

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-Right here. People had formed

-a half-circle here.

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-I was standing here and

-the other girl was standing there.

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-Two girls had challenged Georgia

-earlier in the day.

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-When the final bell of the day

-was rung, everyone knew about it.

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-Georgia was followed to the park

-and one of the girls attacked her.

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-She just hit me, she took me

-to the ground here in the car park.

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-She just continued hitting me

-and kicking me.

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-How long did that last?

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-How long did that last?

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-About five minutes.

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-It's not clear to Georgia

-why they picked on her.

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-I picked up my bag

-and started to move away.

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-She came up behind me

-and started to hit me.

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-She kicked me again

-and I fell to the ground.

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-She continued, she kneed me in

-the head and kicked me in the ribs.

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-I had a nosebleed.

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-My lips were bleeding.

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-Georgia tried to flee. She grabbed

-her bag and tried to leave.

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-The crowd followed her

-to this field.

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-The attack continued.

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-What went through your mind

-when it happened to you?

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-I just knew I had to cover

-my face and body.

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-Amongst the crowd who watched

-and filmed the incident...

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-..were pupils that Georgia

-had considered to be her friends.

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-No-one tried to stop the attack.

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-Are you surprised that none of them

-stepped in to help you?

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-When it was over,

-I just sat on the ground.

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-One bent down and said,

-"I think she's dead."

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-Someone said that to you?

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-They shouted, "I hope you kill her."

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-That's been caught on camera.

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-How does that make you feel,

-that someone shouted that?

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-She almost succeeded.

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-Georgia's father

-lives in Merthyr Tydfil.

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-He was at home

-when he heard about the attack.

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-We had a call from Georgia's friend

-to say she'd been in a fight.

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-I thought there'd been a couple

-of kids fighting over a handbag.

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-Georgia's friend was crying.

-We had a further phone call.

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-I still didn't think it was serious.

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-When her father realised

-how serious it was...

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-..he took Georgia to the hospital

-to see a doctor.

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-He found some dried blood

-in her left ear I think it was.

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-She had to go for a CT scan.

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-He said he suspected

-there'd been a bleed to the brain.

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-Luckily,

-there was no serious injury.

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-She was allowed home that night.

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-In the meantime, videos of the

-attack were shared on social media.

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-When her father saw the footage,

-he shared the clip on line.

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-Why did you put that video on line?

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-Why did you put that video on line?

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-Frustration.

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-Some of it was preventative...

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-..to ensure that those things

-didn't happen again.

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-Footage of the attack was shared...

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-..and soon, it came to the attention

-of Ysgol Bro Morgannwg.

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-It was also seen by Hywel Price,

-the headmaster.

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-We saw footage from four,

-five, maybe six mobile phones.

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-We had strong evidence

-of what had happened.

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-On that basis, we suspended

-the pupils for 11 school days...

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-..which allowed us time to complete

-a full inquiry into what happened.

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-So many pupils were part of it.

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-We had to ensure we followed

-the correct procedures.

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-Almost 900 pupils

-attend Ysgol Bro Morgannwg.

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-Hywel Price says that cases

-of bullying are very low there.

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-This attack left its mark

-on everyone.

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-We made some announcements

-in the Christmas service...

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-..because we had to convince the

-parents that the pupils were safe.

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-The headmaster defends the school's

-record on tackling bullying...

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-..and the way they dealt

-with Georgia's case.

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-He says that bullying

-takes many forms.

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-It's more difficult than ever

-to monitor it.

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-There are elements of bullying

-in every school.

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-No matter where you are, when

-it does happen, it can be hidden.

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-Teachers don't notice

-as much as they did years ago.

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-There are more sly forms

-of bullying people these days.

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-We might not know about it.

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-That incident in November

-was arranged on mobile phones.

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-The teachers wouldn't have known

-about it.

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-There would have been

-no warning about it.

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-After the attack,

-Georgia returned to school...

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-..to complete her GCSE studies.

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-She said that returning

-was a strange experience.

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-I walked into the class

-and sat down.

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-Everyone was like, "What's she

-doing here? Why is she here?"

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-She's left school now

-but her younger sister, Siobhan...

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-..is still a pupil there.

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-Both her attackers were permanently

-excluded from the school.

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-You're glad they were excluded. Why?

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-To make sure my sister or no-one

-else experiences the same problem.

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-They can't do it again

-to anyone in school.

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-The police investigated

-the incident.

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-Georgia's attackers

-were given a formal caution.

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-That's not enough

-according to her father.

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-When you look at the videos, and the

-kneeing and kicking to the head...

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-..things can just change

-so differently.

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-It only has to be harder

-and in a different place...

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-..and the results would have been

-different for everybody.

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-Different for the girls involved,

-different for us and Georgia.

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-According to recent research,

-28% of youngsters...

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-..are scared of attending school

-because of online bullying.

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-In Part 2,

-we meet a Pembrokeshire mother...

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-..who says her daughter took her

-own life to escape online bullying.

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-I don't think it's quite...

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-..still quite sunk in

-to be truthful.

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-It's Anti-Bullying Week.

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-We're looking at the problem

-in Wales.

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-According to a recent report

-by the Ditch the Label charity...

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-..46% of people between 12 and 25

-in Wales have experienced bullying.

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-33% have considered

-taking their own lives.

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-In Pembrokeshire, one mother knows

-the consequences of bullying.

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-In February...

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-..Nicola Harteveld's life

-changed forever...

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-..when she realised daughter Megan

-had been bullied for some time.

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-Until then, her family had no idea.

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-She always appeared happy.

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-Nothing ever phased her.

-She was confident.

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-Everything you'd expect

-from a teenage girl.

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-Megan was 14 years old. She attended

-Ysgol Gyfun Aberdaugleddau.

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-She had a big group of friends.

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-Nicola says she cared for everyone

-but kept her worries to herself.

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-There was a couple of girls

-in particular...

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-..she had heated conversations with,

-I should say...

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-..that we found out on Facebook.

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-She was getting messaged

-morning, noon and night.

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-Her records show that it was

-two, three o'clock in the morning.

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-She received constant messages

-on many social media platforms...

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-..including Facebook and Snapchat.

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-One night in February,

-it all became too much.

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-Something obviously happened

-that night.

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-There was an apparent message

-that was sent...

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-..telling her to go and hang herself

-from a certain person.

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-She replied, "OK."

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-Later that night...

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-..the family found her body.

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-I didn't have any idea.

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-Even the night she died,

-she was happy.

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-A couple of hours beforehand,

-she was laughing, joking.

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-It's come to light

-that a few weeks beforehand...

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-..she was really upset in school.

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-She was receiving messages

-during lesson time.

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-Her friends said she had to leave

-the classroom because she was upset.

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-Since her death, Megan's mother

-has set up a charity in her memory.

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-Megan's Starr.

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-It helps young people to help

-other young people being bullied.

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-Nicola feels that the current

-education system has failed...

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-..in the case of her daughter.

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-I think Megan obviously showed signs

-in school...

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-..that she was under

-this intense pressure.

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-It wasn't identified,

-it wasn't picked up.

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-Perhaps if there had been more

-education within the school...

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-..of identifying it,

-things might have been different.

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-We asked for the school's response.

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-In a statement

-by Pembrokeshire Council...

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-..they said that all schools

-had structures in place...

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-..to deal with cases of bullying.

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-The pupil's voice is a priority

-and pupils are aware...

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-..of members of staff

-they can contact...

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-..to raise concerns about bullying.

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-They went on to discuss

-Megan's case.

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-A historical allegation of bullying

-had been raised by her parents...

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-..and the school had noted

-and dealt with that case.

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-No further cases

-had been raised by her parents.

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-For the past 30 years, ChildLine

-has encouraged young people...

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-..to share their problems.

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-Lisa Vranch

-from Cardiff's ChildLine office...

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-..supports people

-who contact the helpline.

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-She's very aware

-of the seriousness of bullying.

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-What we hear a lot about bullying...

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-..is the emotional effect

-it has on the child.

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-It can change quickly

-from feeling down and lonely...

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-..to self-harm

-and suicidal thoughts.

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-Very quickly, we can see bullying

-affecting children greatly...

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-..and it can go from feeling OK

-at the start of the week...

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-..to feeling suicidal

-by the end of the week.

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-That's a major problem.

-It's a problem children experience.

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-Last year,

-almost 500 young people in Wales...

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-..received counselling sessions

-from ChildLine...

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-..particularly dealing

-with bullying.

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-According to Lisa,

-young people don't always realise...

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-..what's really happening.

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-Bullying can make a child

-feel lonely.

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-Initially,

-we provide a safe place...

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-..to allow them to talk

-about what's happened...

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-..and help them understand.

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-They might not understand - some

-don't know they are being bullied.

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-I've contacted local authorities

-across Wales to discover...

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-..how many cases of bullying

-have been recorded in Welsh schools.

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-What's apparent is

-that not all local authorities...

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-..collect this information.

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-Of the 22 county councils

-in Wales...

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-..only half could share

-their figures with us.

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-Between those 11

-education authorities...

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-..over 4,000 cases of bullying have

-been recorded in the past two years.

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-Eight counties said that they didn't

-collect figures centrally at all.

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-I asked the Welsh Government

-for their response...

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-..to these irregularities.

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-They said schools should record

-every case of racial bullying...

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-..but schools weren't required

-to record other cases of bullying.

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-They also said that they were

-reviewing their guidelines...

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-..to try and combat bullying.

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-New guidelines

-will be published next year.

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-According to the

-Children's Commissioner for Wales...

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-..the Welsh Government

-should act now...

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-..to safeguard children

-and young people from bullying.

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-She wants to see major changes...

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-..which would force schools

-to adopt a nationwide system.

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-The government should set

-a statutory responsibility...

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-..in schools to record

-every incident of bullying...

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-..and the types of bullying

-taking place.

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-As well as recording every case,

-the Children's Commissioner...

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-..wants the government to establish

-a clear definition of bullying...

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-..to help schools identify cases.

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-If there was a clear definition

-of bullying...

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-..schools would know what to record

-and what not to record.

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-Bullying has a huge effect

-on children...

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-..and on children's ability

-to learn.

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-The headmaster of Ysgol Gyfun

-Bro Morgannwg believes...

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-..that the current system works.

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-His staff are already

-recording cases.

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-Schools have recorded cases

-of bullying for years...

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-..but it comes down to

-someone's perception of bullying.

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-Is it a case of bullying that

-needs to be passed on to the county?

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-He wants to see an emphasis

-on tackling the causes...

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-..instead of recording

-minor incidents.

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-It's paper work,

-it's administrative work.

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-Do you want to record

-every conversation with every pupil?

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-That's very difficult to enforce.

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-Since the attack last November...

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-..the headmaster has introduced

-a new system.

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-Bullied children can alert teachers

-anonymously by text.

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-Cases have dropped significantly.

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-According to the school,

-13 cases were recorded last year...

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-..compared with 12 in a term

-before the attack.

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-For this mother

-from Milford Haven...

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-..a consistent nationwide system

-needs to be introduced...

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-..which allows everyone to operate

-within the same standards.

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-There are some schools

-that take it seriously...

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-..and they've done

-a fantastic job with it.

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-There are other schools

-that have got a lot of work to do.

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-You're not going

-to eradicate bullying forever...

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-..it's a part of our society,

-but you can reduce the instances.

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-Georgia Thomas-Peters

-has completed her GCSE studies.

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-She's left school.

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-She still sees the bullies

-every now and then.

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-Sometimes, I see them,

-I see the girls.

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-I keep away from them,

-I stay with my friends.

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-My friends help me through it

-if I see them, they still help me.

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-The nightmare of the attack,

-and the videos of it...

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-..still plays on her mind.

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-Looking at the videos,

-it doesn't feel like what happened.

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-What I remember happening looks

-nothing like it did on the videos.

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-It's weird looking back at it.

-I don't remember anything about it.

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Yn ystod wythnos gwrth-fwlio byddwn ni'n holi a oes digon yn cael ei wneud i drechu'r bwlis. During anti-bullying week, we ask if enough is done to tackle the bullies.