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Bromley pupil shortlisted for Amnesty prize

Nicole Morgan

Nicole Morgan

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A 13-year-old schoolgirl has been shortlisted for Amnesty International's young human rights reporter of the year award.

Bullers Wood pupil Nicole Morgan wrote about corporal punishment and how parents hitting children should be illegal.

Her entry now goes forward to the final for judging on May 19.

Her mother Eva said: “Nicole is a smart girl and has a huge passion for writing. This is very exciting news and an excellent achievement.”

Nearly 600 children from across the UK entered the competition.

Part of Nicole’s entry stated: “Physical abuse is causing more violence and criminality. Parents who physically punish their children are showing them that violence is okay. Therefore, they become hitters themselves.

“I feel that physical punishment has no place in a civilised society. Our challenge should be to stop all forms of child abuse. The 21st century should be the century when we in the UK achieve a change of law, which will make corporal punishment of children illegal.”

Head of philosophy and religion at Bullers Wood School, Jed Stone, said: “Nicole is a reflective young philosopher who has a keen sense of social justice. She tackled the challenge with relish.

“Her article is characterised by its clarity, rigour and authentic style. Everyone at the school is very proud of her achievement.”

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