Mum-of-two Nadia Sawalha has revealed that if she were ever to meet the people who had bullied her daughter Maddie, she’d have a strong message to deliver.
Nadia’s 15-year-old daughter, and Nadia herself, have spoken openly about the fact that the bullying at Maddie’s school eventually got so bad, she had to be home-schooled.
On Thursday 11th January, Nadia and her fellow Loose Women panellists were discussing the emotive topic of whether bullies should attend their victims’ funerals.
It was then that Nadia spoke up about her daughter’s painful experience, and revealed what she’d say to her bullies if she were ever to come face-to-face with them.
She said, “Do you know how you used to talk to her would end up with her crying?”
Nadia continued, “I don’t think they knew [if they are in the wrong]. It’s safe to be in the group, to be with the bullies. It doesn’t mean that you are necessary cruel.”
Maddie and mum Nadia bravely appeared in an anti-bullying video back in September, where Maddie shared her experiences of the taunts and cruelty at school.
She confessed, “At first at school I was kind of ok. It wasn’t a big deal to me. I didn’t really mind. And I think progressively, across time, it got to me more.
“It could be stuff said behind my back or literally just looks when you’re walking down a hallway. People just looking at you with a side eye. It was a tight feeling in the chest.”
She went on to discuss how the uncertainty of when she’d be picked on was also difficult to deal with.
“I remember just being nervous because a lot of the people that bullied me there, they’d be on and off. They’d be really nice to me one day and then they’d be really horrible the next day, so it was going in and not knowing how they would be with me.”
In the video, TV star Nadia admitted that it was difficult to hear her daughter speak about how hard the experience was for her.
“To hear that you were upset like that, I hate it. I hate it because I know you have such a good heart and I think this is the problem.
“School can be a place where amazing things happen but it can also be like Armageddon of different emotions, fears, terrors and bravado and panic and stress.”
If you, or anyone you know has been or is being affected by bulling, you can contact UK charity Bullying Lives on 0808 800 2222, or visit their website here.
Bully Lives provides advice and support to people being bullied or their families.