‘ Being Bullied’ By Simon Morrell

“Growing up is hard enough without the extra baggage of fear.” Being Bullied is a true story and a young adult adaption of the award winning From Bullied to Black Belt.
Simon Morrell and his family move to a small Welsh seaside resort from the Merseyside area and this immediately sets him apart from his peers.Skinny, with goofy teeth and a shy manner he quickly falls to bullies and fear. It is a condition he will stay in until his recovery as a young man,He becomes the target for a vicious youth with a grudge. Jimmy, with his skin head, tattoos Carrie’s a knife and his lack of fear is met only by his hatred for Simon, who becomes agoraphobic and suffers panic attacks.He meets Julie and finds salvation as the pair become inseparable. She sees through the hard man image Simon’s father has created for himself as he too becomes a bully to Simon.His factory becomes a shop floor for Jimmy’s drug dealing as bullying turns to violence including an attempted knife attack in Simon.In the end he is forced to make a choice, gain courage or spend a lifetime in fear. With Julie’s help he chooses the latter enrolling in a Fight Academy, surprising everyone, himself included by excelling in the gym and beyond.This true story has been called “the UK’s Rocky Balboa” by the Film Agency for Wales.

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