Derren’s football coach asked him if he was okay as he noticed that he was struggling, and Derren said he had fallen over at school and hurt his leg. The next week Derren came to practice with a black eye and his coach once again asked him if he was okay. Derren told him that he was but had tears in his eyes whilst speaking.
Following training, Derren’s coach asked him to stay behind after practice and explained that he was worried about him and the injuries he keeps getting.
When my coach first asked me if I was okay I did not know how to tell him that I was being bullied at school. I thought it was just normal rough play that boys sometimes do but over time I realised I was the only one being hurt and that it was not nice for me at all.
I did try to stick up for myself but the bully is known to come from a rough family. He said if I told anyone he would get someone to come to my house. I was worried about my family being hurt, but I was so scared I would continue to get hurt by the bully too, so I told my coach what was happening.