Merton pupils call meeting to stop bullying

Merton Primary Schools Council met up with secondary school pupils during this year’s anti-bullying week to talk about ways to put a stop to bullying.

Many Merton primary schools have their own councils and these councils were all represented in the council chamber at the meeting that took place last Thursday 20 November.

During the meeting the students elected two chairs as well as secretaries to help them run their meetings effectively. Chair Liam McCarthy said: “We want students to speak up with their ideas about anti-bullying and about their experiences so we can help them.”

His fellow chair Tamara Petgave said: “We are thinking about ways to stop bullying in school and outside school so that we all feel safe wherever we are in the borough.”

Merton Council’s cabinet member for children’s services, Councillor Debbie Shears said: “It is very impressive that these children are so keen to come together and discuss these difficult issues and put forward ways of solving them.

“All children deserve to be able to go to school, to learn and play with their friends, without having to go through the terrible, and often traumatic, experience of being bullied. The theme of this year’s anti-bullying week was Being different – Belonging together. We are determined to continue working closely with our young people in Merton to promote well-being in schools and put a stop to bullying in all its forms.”