Our fear is that the deaths and cases we now know of due to bullying and School violence, are only just the tip of the iceberg.

The extent to which the Government are failing children when it comes to how the laws and policies allow bullying and violence in schools that has led to suicides and harm to be ignored, is still not totally clear. Evidence is emerging that the extent of harm and deaths is much greater than at first thought and how far back historically the failings go, looks to have possibly been underestimated.

Given that there has never been a public appeal for families to come forward with evidence and yet already over a 100 families who have lost children or had them seriously harmed as a consequence of bullying and violence in schools have become part of the campaign group with the vast majority doing so simply through a facebook invitation from the Campaign lead.

Evidence has emerged of the issues being raised in Government and Parliament at least back to the early 90’s. Evidence coming out of Northern Ireland is that there is an epidemic in terms of youth suicides related to bullying in schools. In the UK there is also clear evidence to show that sexual violence including incidents as serious as rape can easily be swept under the carpet and ignored by schools under the current laws and legislation. As we’re providing more and more evidence of the failings, instead of this resulting in Government Departments, MP’s and Ministers seeking the truth, they have chosen not to engage in any meaningful way and provide the answers to the necessary questions.

The campaign continues to hear from more and more families throughout the campaign and now the time has come for every question to be answered. It truly is worrying what a full investigation and appeal to families across the UK might uncover but a full investigation is the only way to prevent this happening to others in the future.

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