Victim of bullying gets £20,000

There’s an interesting piece on the BBC website today about a 23-year-old woman who was bullied as a child and still suffers from the resulting fear. She got £20,000 from the council to put the matter to rest, but the council doesn’t admit liability.

I was bullied for a year at my first secondary school before my parents did the best thing they could and got me out of there. I’ve never been so grateful for anything in my life, and I still dread to think what would have happened to me if I’d not been lucky enough to end up in a supportive environment. After that year I was withdrawn, fearful, and avoiding school. It took years to regain my confidence.

The thing that still makes me angry is the extent to which my first school failed to help me. I can easily see how people lose faith in all sorts of systems after being let down at school as a child. Why trust the government if the first contact you have with state authority lets you down?

The BBC article states that the woman is still scared to leave the house for fear of seeing the people who bullied her. My advice (and I totally acknowledge I know NOTHING about this case…): cut your losses, take the money, and get out of town. Not always, but sometimes, running away is the most sensible thing to do.