Bullied schoolgirl wins Chinan art prize

NSW schoolgirl Trinity Sheridan, 11, said she’d been picked on and it hurt a lot.”Weird”, “Loser”, “Waste of space”, “Go kill yourself” and “Pathetic” are just some of the phrases hurled at 11-year-old Trinity Sheridan by bullies at her northern NSW school.

And it’s these words the Alstonville schoolgirl has written around her drawing of a young girl crying, which has won Interrelate’s national ‘Say No To Bullying’ art prize.

Trinity says children who are being bullied need to know they are not alone and that they need to tell people what they’re going through.

“I have been picked on and it did hurt a lot,” Trinity told AAP at the ceremony in Sydney on Friday.

Her message has the support of NSW Governor David Hurley who has been a patron of Interrelate, an anti-bullying group, for the past three years.

“We are the first in the world for cyber-bullying and that is a terrible place for a country like to be,” Mr Hurley told AAP.

“We pride ourselves on being a tolerant multicultural, diverse country and that needs to flow through to actions.”

The art prize comes only months after Dolly Everett, the former face of the Akubra Hats brand, committed suicide the age of 14 due to physical, mental and online abuse by other students at her school.

Mr Hurley said people often become envious of success and pick on people for it and that ns needs to celebrate talent rather than “pull it back”.

“This whole ‘tall poppy’ syndrome in is symptomatic of this,” he told AAP.

“Life is not uniform. We are not all bland and the same and we all have different talents and we should celebrate talent and not pull it back.”

Trinity’s mother, Holly Willow, said she didn’t realise her daughter was being subjected to emotional and physical bullying by other children at her school until she sat down and talked to her.

“She is normally very popular but it came over as a jealousy thing from the (other) girls and we didn’t know the extent of it until she said something,” Ms Willow said.

‘We took it to the school and they sorted it out.”

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