Bullied but not broken
A YOUNG girl who was bullied at school is fighting back through a new website. Jade Holmes, of Pyms Gardens, Abbotsley, was once tied to a tree by her tormentors and was eventually forced from her school and into home education. But the nine-year-old s n
A YOUNG girl who was bullied at school is fighting back through a new website.
Jade Holmes, of Pyms Gardens, Abbotsley, was once tied to a tree by her tormentors and was eventually forced from her school and into home education.
But the nine-year-old's new website aims to help others in similar situations by offering support and advice.
Launched last week, her site www.whybully.co.uk has had more than 52,000 hits.
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Jade's online creation has become so popular that Blue Peter is set to honour her with a badge, and a host of national media outlets are lining up to interview her.
She told The Hunts Post the website was aimed at helping everyone - the victims, their families and even the bullies themselves.
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"I want to help other kids that have been bullied, and also the ones who are doing the bullying," she said. "I also want to help mums and dads, too, as bullying is not very nice because everyone in the family gets affected."
Jade said her experience of bullying was so bad that she still gets "flashbacks" and is unable to talk about it.
She describes the period in her life as the "dark times", but managed to note down her feelings and thoughts in a book. That material has been used to produce the website, which has a section describing different types of bullying and giving tips and advice on what to do if you are being targeted by bullies.
Jade has been contacted by 20 children either asking for help or sending messages of support.
Her mother Kylie, 36, said Jade had used her experience of bullying not only to make a website, but to also make her stronger.
"It was Jade's own idea to do this and I just think she is amazing," she said. "She has had to change schools and was home educated for a while, but she is now back in school and setting up this website seems only to have served to make her stronger."
She added that, so far, the response to the website had been fantastic. She said: "I am just so overwhelmed I keep crying because I'm so proud of her."
The site was created free by Netcom Design.
Mrs Holmes said: "The designers really got inside Jade's head to create something truly amazing.
"She is such a resilient and resourceful young woman. She went through some dark times with the bullying going on for quite a while, but she pulled herself through and came out a stronger person.
"She's an incredible kid. I must stress that we are pagan and we believe that what you reap is what you sow.
"I have taught my kids that anything negative that happens to you, you have to turn around and find a positive in it."
Mrs Holmes added: "Most kids need help with any kind of trauma and she needed to find the light at the end of the tunnel, and I guess the website was her way of doing that. She is an inspiration to us all.