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School bullies, beware

Scotland, May 5: A bullied schoolgirl has won a court order preventing other girls from abusing or threatening her.

Jenny Soutar, 17, a prefect at Blairgowrie High School, Perthshire, went to court as a “last resort” after being bullied on a daily basis.

In a ruling that could have implications for hundreds of other families, a Scottish court is believed to be the first to grant an interdict against a named group of pupils.

The girl said she had been let down by the school and the local authority. She had endured eight months of “hell” and was concerned that she might not do as well as she should in her Higher exams later this month.

Sheriff Michael Fletcher granted a non-molestation order against four girls, aged 14 and 15, who were described at Perth sheriff court as the ringleaders.

The interdict prevents the four, who cannot be named because of their age, from physically attacking Jenny and causing her fear and distress.

Jenny said yesterday: “Every day I had been getting abuse and threats. They are a gang that goes about together and ranges from first to fifth year. It happens in lunchtimes and breaks.

“I got assaulted in February in the common room 10 minutes before an exam and I couldn’t sit it.”

Her mother, Glenda, said the legal move had been supported by a large number of parents. “Jenny has done nothing to deserve this and we had to do something about it,” she said. “I have been through every avenue with the school but nothing was done.”

Perth and Kinross Council said the head teacher was working with the education authority to address the issue.

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