Trendsetters is Scope’s project for young disabled people. In November we posted a blog and video about being bullied because you’re disabled.
We caught up with the Trendsetter who made the video to find out how things are going now.
Your film has had around 9,000 views so far. How do you feel about this?
It amazes me that we’ve had over 9,000 views of the film. I don’t think any of us expected the response to be this great, especially as there was nothing that we could find on the internet about disability bullying.
You mentioned in the past that you wrote about your feelings. Was this helpful in dealing with the experience of bullying?
The poetry I write helps me deal with what happened to an extent. It was very useful when talking to the guy at school because I found it really hard to just talk about the bullying at first, so knowing he already knew took the pressure off me a bit.
Might other young people find this helpful, especially if they haven’t got someone they can easily confide in?
It can be really helpful to write about how you are feeling, but it will only get better if you tell someone, whether that’s a friend, a teacher or your parents.
What would you say to teachers about bullying?
If you are a teacher witnessing bullying don’t just stand there, actually do something to stop it, but in a way that is not going make it worse for the victim.