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Teenage beauty queen beat the bullies

A teenage beauty queen has spoken out about being bullied in the hope of giving confidence to other youngsters in the same position.

Shannon Mullan, 19, said cruel jibes about her weight at school triggered an eating disorder when she was only 11.

Shannon is now Miss Teen Northumberland. This weekend, she will compete for the British crown in Blackpool.

One in five North East NHS workers 'bullied'

One in five NHS staff employed in the North East says they've been bullied by colleagues, according to a survey.

The research carried out by Durham University suggests that unmanageable workloads, public humiliation and angry outbursts are common problems.

The study, published in the online journal BMJ Open, said almost half reported they have witnessed bullying in the last six months.

Managers were the worst offenders, with increasing workloads and the workplace culture contributory factor.

  • Unmanageable workloads
  • Withholding key information
  • Public humiliation
  • Being deliberately ignored
  • Being shouted at or the target of an angry outburst

Almost 3,000 NHS staff who work in a range of roles at seven trusts across the North East of England answered a questionnaire for the study by Professor Jan Illing of Durham University.

"Trusts should look at policies and consider what they can do to reduce workplace bullying.

"There needs to be a commitment from the Chief Executive and once that is in place, things are likely to happen."

– Professor Illing, Centre for Medical Education Research at Durham University


Beating the Bullies

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According to Beat Bullying around 70% of children are bullied and nationally 20 children a year commit suicide because of it. Bullying is such a big problem the Government is drawing up plans to tackle it. Highfield Middle School, from Prudhoe, in Northumberland, could help shape those plans.

The school's anti-bullying project is managed and operated by the pupils themselves. Many of them have been the victims of bullies in the past. It's won the prestigious Diana Award for the work it's done. Tomorrow those involved will have an audience with the Prime Minister.