Veresdale Scrub student garners public support for anti-bullying initiative

AN ANTI-BULLYING petition circulated by a year six Veresdale Scrub State School student attracted more than 1400 signatures in less than four months.

ANTI-BULLYING: Veresdale Scrub State School student Sammy Pearce with Scenic Rim MP Jon Krause.

ANTI-BULLYING: Veresdale Scrub State School student Sammy Pearce with Scenic Rim MP Jon Krause.

Sammy Pearce, 11 campaigned to win public support for the petition on June 21 shortly after becoming a Dream Guards ambassador.

The petition calls on the Queensland government to immediately introduce anti-bullying education for primary aged students on how to handle emotions, feelings, problem solving skills, positive criticism, empathy and prevention of bullying.

It also calls for at least one annual combined parenting and children educational program to reduce bullying.

Scenic Rim MP Jon Krause received the petition in October and presented it to Parliament.

Mr Krause said Sammy was setting a strong example for his peers to follow.

“It is upsetting to see young lives impacted in such a way by bulling,” he said.

“Our children are the future and we need to support them in any way we can.

“I have supported Sammy since I first met with him before the petition started. He has done such a fantastic job of promoting the petition and received close to 1500 signatures.”

Mr Krause said bullying was above politics.

“We must work together to not only keep our children from this threat, but educate them on the negative effects and consequences bullying can have and hopefully stamp out this behavior,” he said.

Mr Pearce planned a Walk for Peace event at Jubilee Park in Beaudesert on October 14 to formally present his petition, but the event was cancelled due to poor weather conditions.

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