Pukaar News – Leicester

ANTI-BULLYING CAMPAIGN LAUNCHED IN MEMORY OF BRANDON SINGH RAYAT

A mum from Leicester is launching an anti-bullying campaign in memory of her young son.

Mina Rayat tragically lost her son, Brandon Singh Rayat who she describes as ‘beautiful inside and out’ last August after he took his life following months of bullying at school and is launching the Stop Ignoring Me campaign.

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Speaking exclusively to Pukaar News she says: “I had the idea of a campaign because I felt that all throughout Brandon’s treatment, he wasn’t listened to, I wasn’t listened to. It was Brandon’s words, ‘Mum they’re all ignoring me, they’re boycotting me.’ ”

The young mum’s vision for the campaign is to raise awareness of bullying and make some changes including prosecuting bullying:

“There are children as young as nine that are getting bullied and taking their lives. Bullying does not discriminate with age, gender, race. Adults get bullied, it affects their mental health, so we need to do more.”

Picture credit: Singh Rayat family

Brandon was only 15 years old when he took his own life and his mother truly believes that the system let him down. “I’m shocked even now that the school aren’t admitting that there was any bullying, even after medical evidence.”

But unfortunately, it goes much further than that and Mira believes the authorities did not assess Brandon to the best of their capabilities. She was told time and time again that her son was not at immediate risk of suicide or ill enough to be hospitalised. She thinks its vital professionals listen to bullied children and their families.

The campaign will be launched Friday 19 May. All details can be found on Brandon’s Facebook page – RIP Brandon Singh-Rayat. She is also looking for sponsors for the day, donations and any advice on mental health law.

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