Record View: Get Tough to Beat Bullies

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Record View: Get Tough to Beat Bullies


SCHOOL days are supposed to be the best of your life try telling that to Holly Fitzwater.The 14-year-old has been driven to the brink of suicide by a ruthless gang of girl bullies.

Holly has been kicked and punched in her school's corridors,beaten up in the playground and forced to listen to the taunts of her tormentors while she cowers in her own home.

She has become a prisoner in her bedroom at a time when every child in Scotland should be enjoying the freedom of the summer holidays.

The reason? Her lame-brained attackers think Holly is a swot because she wants to bea doctor.

Holly's hell at the hands of teenage thugs is bad enough.But the real scandal is how it was allowed to happen.

Rather than help a pupil trying to achieve her dream through hard work,Holly's headmaster is said to have told her parents hehad 'given up' trying to discipline the bullies.

Holly's teachers were reduced to letting her skip class early so she could run home before the young thugs could beat her. …

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