DRIVEN TO SUICIDE BID OVER ENGLISH ACCENT; Natasha, 15, lived in fear of school bullies.Byline: MARION SCOTT EXCLUSIVE
A SCHOOLGIRL tried to kill herself after being bullied over her English accent.
Natasha Distin, 15, took an overdose of paracetamol paracetamol
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The teenager was airlifted by helicopter from Islay and rushed to the Royal Alexandra Hospital Royal Alexandra Hospital can refer to:
Doctors say she only survived because she was violently sick after downing 40 paracetamol pills.
After being released from hospital on Thursday, Natasha, who moved to the island from Devon two years ago, said: "I've been telling my teachers for months and months about the bullies and what they do to me.
"They call me an English slut and English slapper. They make fun of my accent and swear at me.
"I'm always being pushed, nipped and hit whenever the bullies see me - in the corridors, on the school bus and in the playground.
"I feel so betrayed and let down by everyone. I couldn't take it anymore and wanted to end all the pain. I can't help my accent, I can't change it, it's part of me. But I'd rather die than go back to Islay High School."
Her angry mum Elizabeth Stokes, who lives near Port Ellen Port Ellen is a small town in Argyll, Scotland. It is the second largest town on the island of Islay, after Bowmore.
Port Ellen provides the main ferry connection between Islay and the mainland, at Kennacraig. , added: "Natasha has been made to feel like an outcast out·cast
One that has been excluded from a society or system.
outcast because of her accent.
"The school has been aware of the bullying for a long, long time but, in my opinion, they've not done nearly enough to stamp out to put an end to by sudden and energetic action; to extinguish; as, to stamp out a rebellion s>.
See also: Stamp bullying or racist taunts.
"The same crowd have been repeatedly physically attacking and verbally abusing Natasha to such an extent she tried to kill herself. We could so easily have lost her."
Natasha's tragic story comes just months after the suicide of 15-year-old Nicola Raphael, the target of bullies at Lenzie Academy.
Now Nicola's mum, Rhona Raphael is demanding a face to face meeting with Education Minister Jack McConnell Jack Wilson McConnell (born June 30, 1960 in Irvine, North Ayrshire) is a former First Minister of Scotland, leader of the Scottish Labour Party and current Member of the Scottish Parliament (MSP) for the Motherwell and Wishaw constituency. in a bid for all-out action to stop the bullying.
She said: "How many children must lose their lives, and how many more must live in torment because of this terrible scourge?
"I want to explain to Jack McConnell about the terrible damage bullying can do to children like my Nicola and Natasha Distin. He needs to introduce anti-bullying policies that work.
"Too many schools are loathe to admit there's a problem , far less tackle it head on."
Children's charity Childline, counselled 6500 Scots kids who contacted their bullying hotline last year.
Anne Houston, director of Childline Scotland said: "They suffered a range of bullying from verbal abuse verbal abuse Psychology A form of emotional abuse consisting of the use of abusive and demeaning language with a spouse, child, or elder, often by a caregiver or other person in a position of power. See Child abuse, Emotional abuse, Spousal abuse. to severe physical abuse. Some are so intimidated, they do become suicidal.
Ms Houston said that while some schools had introduced excellent anti-bullying policies, the situation was "quite patchy PATCHY - A Fortran code management program written at CERN. " across Scotland.
She said: "Some schools completely deny there is a problem because they see it as a failure of the school."
Childline Scotland operate a special bullying hotline on 0800 44 11 11.