Ben’s story, by Paul Vodden
On 12th of December 2006 our 11 year old son, Ben, took his own lifeafter being bullied on the dedicated school bus. Had it just been his peershe may well have withstood the bullying, but the bus driver decided to join in and, in our view, this took the situation to another level. As Ben saw it, here was an adult, someone to look up to and who represented authority, taking part in his denigration.
Since Ben died, we have campaigned to raise awareness of the issue of bullying on dedicated school buses. We want to help change the current situation to try and make sure no other family suffers the horror of losing their child.
The Vodden Reports
The Vodden Report represents a body of research that has been undertaken to explore experiences of bullying on school buses. Led and co-ordinated by Paul Vodden, a dedicated campaigner to highlight the issues surrounding bullying on dedicated school buses, the project aims to highlight the issue of bullying on school buses. On this site you will find more information about the project, findings of our research projects and updates on our work in tackling bullying on school buses.
Our latest research project ‘The Vodden Report 3: An Agenda for change” was launched on the 16th September 2019. Visit our events page to find out more about our launch activities.