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Strongman talks of bullying torment

PUBLISHED: 18:15 30 September 2002 | UPDATED: 12:45 03 March 2010

WHEN someone the size of Dave Gauder talks about bullying, you better start listening.

And when Dave tells you he was bullied at school, you know it can happen to anyone.

WHEN someone the size of Dave Gauder talks about bullying, you better start listening.

And when Dave tells you he was bullied at school, you know it can happen to anyone.

Champion strongman Dave was in Ipswich to launch an anti-bullying campaign supported by Suffolk County Council and Suffolk Police.

Despite his physical presence, Dave's message to pupils at Chantry High School and beyond was: "It's about strength of mind and not the physical side.

"Be extra strong and say no to bullying."

Dave hauled a bus along the Chantry High yard before taking pupils through what he described as "my life story" in a hard-hitting presentation.

But bullying was just the starting point. Dave's experiences at the hands of the playground bully led to tastes of even darker events.

He was forced to buy drugs for his tormentors and his presentation tackled some other issues that can go hand-in-hand with the bullying.

Steve Wooldridge, Chantry deputy head, described the talk as "more of a class in citizenship than anything else."

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