Bullied East Kilbride schoolgirl appears on This Morning and is praised by Phillip and Holly for speaking out
A brave East Kilbride schoolgirl has been praised for having the courage to speak out about her bullying ordeal on national TV.
Twelve-year-old Amy Paton was interviewed by Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby on This Morning on Monday after her heartbreaking story hit the headlines.
The East Kilbride News reported how the first-year Calderglen High pupil was driven to the brink of suicide after being terrorised by school bullies for months.
However, despite making repeated attempts to report the abuse, Amy’s cries for help to the head teacher fell on deaf ears – and it was left to support group Bikes Against Bullies UK to get behind the East Mains youngster.
In a spectacular show of solidarity, around 100 bikers roared into town to surprise Amy on her 12th birthday giving her much-needed confidence boost and, ultimately, a new lease of life.
Bikes Against Bullies founder Chris Cooper – who started the group after his own children were bullied – appeared on the sofa alongside Amy and her mum, Gemma, who told the News this week she is bursting with pride for her courageous daughter.
She said: “Appearing on This Morning was a very positive experience and hopefully awareness about this problem has been raised. Holly and Phillip were very sympathetic and professional about this subject. I’m so proud of Amy – she has come away from this confident.
“I am currently trying to arrange an appointment with the school but have been told that the head teacher is busy at the moment.
“Bikes Against Bullies UK continue to be very supportive and we will have ongoing support from them.”
Amy featured on the ITV show one week after the mother of Megan Evans – a 14-year-old who tragically took her own life after a secret battle with cyber bullies.
Millions of people watched and shared the heartbreaking video online leading to calls for local authorities to show it in schools to help combat bullying.
Holly and Phillip were left open-mouthed when Amy claimed that the school asked for “proof” that she was being targeted and told her to “go away”.
When asked by Phillip if the bullying had now stopped, Amy said: “It’s not stopped but it’s got a lot better.”
In response to Amy’s appearance on This Morning, South Lanarkshire Council’s head of education Des Dickson said: “The most important thing just now is to hear what Amy’s mum has to say as we appreciate she has raised concerns about her daughter being bullied.
“The head teacher has stressed that she is more than happy to contact and meet Amy’s mum.
“The school is very proactive in listening to and dealing with any concerns raised about bullying and a young person’s wellbeing.
“The head teacher has made contact with the family to look into this matter and provide any necessary support.
“We would want to ensure that Amy feels safe and cared for and able to talk with someone about any concerns she may have. Her mum declined to take up this meeting until her preferred person is able to attend with her.
“Amy has been attending school and staff have been asking how she feels and to talk if she has worries or concerns.”