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Sikh Boy BulliedMonday: my money was taken.
Tuesday: names called.
Wednesday: my uniform torn.
Thursday: my body pouring with blood.
Friday: it's ended.
Saturday: freedom.
These are the final diary pages of Vijay Singh. Read his true story....

One in ten students said that they had suffered severe bullying which included physical violence. Most of them felt they cannot share their problems and the consistent bullying they faced drove them to depression and misery.

Vijay Singh was a bright 13-year-old boy from Manchester. This child was tormented; his life made a misery and it drove him to taking his life. The reason why this happened was because of intolerance, racism and bullying. Vijay Singh attended predominantly a white school. Most children did not have an understanding of why Vijay Singh wore a turban. Racist boys at school would beat up young Vijay Singh, when going to school, in school and going home. He was half their size, but size did not matter. They would knock his turban off and punch his eyes, so what if he cried they thought.

Vijay Singh good grades made these unintelligent racist children, jealous. They would taunt him, and call him names. Paki! Turban-head! Wrap head ! His lunch would be stolen. The boys would swing their fist in his nose. Bleeding Paki! Bloody Paki! , they would say. Not knowing the pain they caused when his nose went crunch . Blood pouring down young Vijay Singh shirt.

They grabbed his arms, and would push him into to the wall. They would hit him, Punch! Crunch! and he would fall to the ground. They didn't care how he felt or why he had a turban on his head. Kick! Spit! they would watch him crawling, crying for help. The bullies would walk away leaving young Vijay Singh crying out for help.

The School lessons would begin. For most children lessons were normal, a laugh a giggle as well doing work. However for Vijay Singh this was like a prison cell at the school from hell. He would sit in the class with his blood stained clothes.

Tears would roll down his eyes, and he had a sour broken nose. However the bullies didn't stop their taunting. They could not feel the pain or see why he should not deserve it. He was brown, he wore a turban, and wasn't normal. He wasn't normal.

What is normal? Is everyone single person the same? Someone is clever, someone is good with their hands, someone is fat, or slim and someone is tall or small. We are not all normal. Our abnormality makes us individual, and it represents our background, identity and what we stand are.

No teacher saw this bullying happening. No teacher saw the signs of bullying. No teacher said to this kid, don?t worry, No one said, you are a Sikh, and you are brave and strong........ No one knew young Vijay Singh plans, of what he had been thinking and going over his mind almost certainly. He opens the door, slams it shut. Runs up the stairs, for freedom calls He escapes from his body walls , and is free at last from the horrific violence, which he had suffered silently. Vijay Singh was found hanging from the banister rail at his home on one Sunday in 1996. This was the silent death of an innocent child who was tormented, and mentally and physically tortured. Where his life ended, we begin, to understand the effects of bullying.

Did you know?

  • 50% of people have been bullied in school.
  • Bullying causes psychiatric injury, a feature of which is reactive depression.
  • At least 16 children commit bullycide in the UK every year .
  • Many Sikh children have been the subject of racial abuse because they look different.
  • At least 1 Sikh student has committed suicide in the UK because of racial abuse.Read his poem below......

?Racism also manifests itself in teachers failing to take racist bullying seriously, even after tragedies such as the suicide of schoolboy Vijay Singh. There are still a huge number of cases of racist bullying, which have been dealt with improperly. this includes a case where a Sikh secondary school pupil was attacked by a number of other pupils, leaving him with a broken arm. His assailants were left unpunished and continue to verbally and physically abuse him. To maintain order, he has been excluded from socialising at school and has received complaints from teachers for highlighting inadequacies in his treatment.?

THE BULLY Poem .....

Dedicated to Vijay Singh, aged 13, who hung himself at home in Manchester, after being bullied at school.

vijahsingh
Vijay Singh 13 yrs old

"Racist ruffian, low-down scum

Foul mouthed thug do you think its fun

To beat up a kid who's half your size?

Knock his turban and punch his eyes

He gets good grades and it makes you sick

turban-head's clever and you're so thick.

You push and punch and steal his lunch

You swing your fist his nose goes crunch

Bleeding Paki! Bloody Paki!

Swear a lot then steal his money

Grab his arms - push him to the wall

Punch! Crunch! He takes the fall

vKick! Spit! Watch him crawl

Walk away from his crying call.

Lessons start at the school from hell

Classroom's more like a prison cell

Sitting in his blood stained clothes

Tears in his eyes and a busted nose

Bully boys don't stop their taunting

No teacher saw his daily haunting

No teacher said you're a lion Singh

Be BRAVE, be STRONG but never give in

School bell rings:"Bye-Bye friends I ain't coming to hell again!"

Running home as fast as he can

No one knows his secret plan

Up the stairs for freedom call

He escapes from his body walls

Free at last from the violence

Hangs himself in deathly silence.

Where he ends we begin

Bullies won't kill another Singh

Unite as CHILDREN make the change

Don't let things stay the same

We want freedom - no more crime

We want freedom all the time

No more Singhs will die this way

Unite as CHILDREN - fight them today!

CHILDREN UNITE

IT'S TIME TO FIGHT

THE BULLY BOYS

THE RACIST NOISE

DON'T LIVE IN DREAD

TELL THE TEACHER INSTEAD

YOU'RE NOT ALONE

LET YOUR TROUBLES BE KNOWN"


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