Sunderland schoolboys’ anti-bullying rap in line for award

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TWO young Sunderland musicians have been shortlisted for an international award after composing a song about bullying.

St Aidan’s Catholic Academy pupils Sam Whitman and Aarron Thompson are in the running for Amnesty International’s Young Human Rights Song Performer of the Year.

Aarron Thompson (left) and Sam Whitman from St Aidan's Catholic Academy.

Aarron Thompson (left) and Sam Whitman from St Aidan's Catholic Academy.

The boys will have their song “School Ends” judged by a panel of musicians, editors and industry professionals after being named among the top 10 in their category.

Aarron, 13, said: “I was ecstatic. I couldn’t believe it.” Sam, 12, said: “The inspiration for the song was in two parts. Firstly, some of our own experiences helped us to write the first part of the lyrics. We both suffered bullying in primary school and occasionally in secondary school, although we have learnt to cope with it better.

“We wanted to write a song to raise awareness about what it feels like to be bullied and how to deal with it. The second part was the tragic story of a girl on YouTube who told her story of being a victim of bullying before committing suicide.”

Music teacher Max Williams said: “I was delighted to receive the news that Sam’s and Aarron’s entry had been picked as a top 10 contender. They worked very hard at it and the song lyrics they eventually came out with are incredibly powerful, encapsulating some of what it’s like to be a victim of bullying, but also delivering a very positive message.” The winner will be unveiled on April 30.