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Thursday 21 August 2014

Donegal parents, teachers and pupils sign anti-bullying charter

Second Year Deele College student Michael Devine during an anti-bullying art project at the school. Pupils printed their hands on a giant mural

PARENTS have joined teachers and pupils in signing an anti-bullying charter following the deaths of school children by suicide.

Students at Deele College in Raphoe, Co Donegal, launched a week-long project aimed at eradicating bullying from their campus.



And all members of the school community were involved, said Geography and History teacher Tara Friel.



“We are a ‘telling’ school,” said Ms Friel, “we want all our students to know that if they see bullying or are victims themselves they should and can tell someone.”



The charter has four simple codes which cover everything from a zero tolerance of bullying to the rights of children to work and play in a safe environment.



Last month Co Donegal schoolgirl Erin Gallagher, (13), took her own life. There are allegations the Finn Valley College pupil was being bullied.



“We had a tremendous response from all students and their parents,” said Ms Friel.



“We have a week-long series of activities. It has been a very positive experience for everyone involved.”

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