Scheme to Crack Down on School-Bus Bullying

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Byline: RICHARD SHERRIFF

AN initiative to tackle bullying on school buses is to be set up in the Ballymena area.

The announcement by the Safe School Transport Group follows the suicide this summer of 12-year-old schoolboy Aaron Armstrong.

The Cambridge House first form pupil hanged himself in a hay barn at the family home in Broughshane in June to escape the torment of bullying on the journey to and from school.

Giving details of the multi-agencybacked scheme, a spokesman said all aspects of safety would be investigated, but conceded bullying was a significant factor.

"Among the issues we want took at is how pupils behave towards each other and towards members of the public. We are conscious of concerns that some pupils have been bullied on their way to and from school and that some pupils have been causing a nuisance to members of the public. "Often bullying can be psychological and is not obvious to anyone but the victim and perpetrator. …