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Tackling the Bullies - Jessica's Law

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Jessica Train was a bright, beautiful 15 year old girl who should have had everything to live for but in April 2010 after 4 years of relentless bullying, physical and mental, she committed suicide. Every year thousands of children suffer at the hands of bullies and tragically too many reach a point where they end their lives, whilst others are left traumatised for life.

The majority of bullying takes place in school, and what should be a place of safety becomes a place of dread,
with schools all too often in denial or ill equipped to deal with the source of the problem - the bully.

We believe it is time to get bullying out of our schools and off our street and into the hands of the law. Please help to make bullying a recognised criminal offence in line with the Harassment Law.

The Government is currently consulting on Preventing Suicide in England, link http://www.dh.gov.uk/en/Consultations/Liveconsultations/DH_128065 which sets out a proposal for a new suicide prevention strategy with the aims of reducing suicide and improving support for those bereaved or affected by suicide. Jessica's mother, Ann Train has been in touch with the Department of Health and they have said they will welcome our petition as part of the consultation process which closes on 11 October 2011.

We have an opportunity to make a difference to the lives of children who are or will be bullied in the future. No child should have to suffer as Jessica did, no parent should have to feel the ongoing pain that Ann Train does.

In honour of Jessica Train and all those who have been bullied before and after help us to say no to bullying.

Thank You

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