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Hundreds of students took over the streets of Bridgetown on Monday morning and spoke out against bullying.

Around 10 a.m. over 500 St George Secondary School, Frederick Smith Secondary and Grantley Adams Memorial School students gathered at Jubilee Gardens to participate in the Celebrate Kindness: No Name Calling Day walk and rally.

Messages of peace. (Picture by Shanice King)

Event organiser and Chief Executive Officer at Supreme Counselling for Personal Development Shawn Clarke explained that the students assembled also took part in the Olweus Bullying Prevention Programme, which is carried out in those schools.

Clarke said as bullying continued to be an issue at schools across the country, it was important for adults to support the students who spoke out.

“Normally you will hear the outcries and people talking about the negative things that young people do. However, here we have three secondary schools trying to do good and stamp out bullying in their schools, but they cannot do it alone.

“Therefore we at Supreme Counselling need adults to support and help us as we try to save young people,” Clarke said.

Efforts are still on to stamp out bullying in schools. (Picture by Shanice King)

Around 10:30 they departed Jubilee Gardens under the supervision of the Barbados Police Service, and accompanied by the sounds of a music truck, made their way to Broad Street and marched to Queen’s Park.

While at Queen’s Park, there were appearances from several of their “Friends against Bullying”, including Mikey, Peter Ram and Keann Walters. (TG)

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