Helping put a stop to bullying among kids

PCSO Sarah Hayton with students from Stephenson Memorial Primary School.
PCSO Sarah Hayton with students from Stephenson Memorial Primary School.

Pupils have been praised for raising awareness of bullying.

As part of National Anti-Bullying week, Northumbria Police encouraged children to make a noise about bullying.

Police Community Support Officer Sarah Hayton, from Wallsend neighbourhood policing team, worked with students at Stephenson Memorial Primary School in Wallsend to talk about bullying and the impact it can have.

They were asked to enter a competition and wrote poems, short stories and making posters about bullying.

The winners had their entries published in a book, with all entries on display in Wallsend police station.

The winners and runners-up, along with their parents, attended Middle Engine Lane police station for an awards ceremony and book signing.

PCSO Sarah Hayton said: “It has been a pleasure spending time with the students to raise awareness of bullying and I am really happy with the turnout for the award ceremony.

“The students have done an amazing job and are a real credit to the school and to their parents.”

Lindsey Adams and Julie Scott, PHSCE co-ordinators at Stephenson Memorial Primary School, who helped with the activities, said: “It’s been a fabulous week and a great competition.

“We are delighted with the sheer volume and high quality of the entries. This work goes to show the strong no bullying ethos we have at school and the children are committed to continuing to ‘make a noise about bullying’.

“We really value the link the school has with PCSO Sarah Hayton and are looking forward to our next project with her.”