Screen Shot 2016-03-03 at 15.21.13Young people in South Tyneside have joined forces to send a strong message that bullying will not be tolerated.

Young people throughout the Borough have signed mini pink fabric T-shirts in support of International Stand Up to Bullying Day.

The international campaign was started by two young American men who took a stand for a fellow student who was bullied for wearing a pink shirt to school.

Now the mini T-shirts have been sewn together to make a giant T-shirt which has gone on display at Simonside climbing wall.

Councillor Joan Atkinson, Lead Member for Children, Young People and Families, said: “Our Friends Against Bullying Group has done a fantastic job again this year in encouraging so many of our young people to back this campaign.

“This campaign allows young people to make a pledge to fight bullying in all its forms while showing their support for victims.”

She added: “We recognise the very real harm and misery that bullying can cause so it is incredibly positive to see our young people working so hard to tackle this issue. By working with our young people we hope to make bullying a thing of the past in South Tyneside.”