A prefect has been hailed as a ‘guardian angel’ after his quick-thinking actions put a stop to bullying on the bus.
Cam Wilson, 17, heard that the 12-year-old female pupil from Aylesbury High School was being picked on during the morning journey on Arriva’s 500 public bus service from Tring to Aylesbury, so decided to take action.
Cam, who is a Year 12 student at Aylesbury Grammar School, said: “I was a bit disgusted when I heard about what was happening.
“It’s not like our school at all, and I didn’t want people to think all of us are like that.”
It transpired that the girl was being targeted by Year 7 pupils from the boy’s school over her mobile phone, which they deemed ‘lame’ because it wasn’t a top-of-the-range iPhone or Blackberry.
Cam, who hopes to study languages at university, said: “I honestly think the type of phone someone has shouldn’t matter. It’s a little bit pointless to take the mickey.”
The teen took it upon himself to message the girl’s mother and let her know that he would sit with her on the bus. The next day, he spoke to her on the journey to school and his presence was enough to put a stop to the teasing.
Cam’s mother Sharon – assistant head at The Grange School in Aylesbury – said: “With my background, we’ve always taught Cam that bullying is unacceptable behaviour. Unbeknown to me, he messaged this woman on Facebook because he obviously felt so strongly about it. We’re very proud of him.”
The girl’s mother – who also lives in Tring but wished to remain anonymous – said: “The boys have now since sent texts to apologise to my daughter, and I cannot thank Cam enough. He is her guardian angel. He even texted me when she got to school to let me know she’d arrived safely.”
No one from Aylesbury Grammar School was available to comment at the time of going to press.