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Dad reveals 'heartbreaking' meaning behind drawings on son's hand

By Naomi White|

?A dad has shared a 'heartbreaking' image of his son's hand, pleading for more to be done to stop bullying in schools.

Matthew Beard, from the UK, took to Twitter to post the image, which shows a number of tally marks on his son Harry's hand.

While at first glance it may appear the scribbles of a bored teen, Beard explains the meaning behind them, and the distressing situation his son is experiencing since starting high school this month.

?"My son has been at high school for just over a week. On his hand here he's made a record of how many times in the last two days he has been bullied, verbally or physically. In total 21," Beard captioned the photo.

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"It's heartbreaking. Schools need to come down harder on bullies, their parents should be fined!"

Beard, who is a professional football manager and head coach for the Liverpool Football Club's womens' team, said he wanted to raise awareness of just how entrenched bullying has become in schools.

"I've shared this because I think it's a powerful photo," he added. "You just don't know what goes on and you expect your kids to be safe at school. I'm sure it will all sort itself out."

Many of Beard's followers sent messages of hope to Harry, telling him to keep his head up.

"Well done Harry for talking about it that's a big step in itself. Just remember you're not on your own and you have plenty of people who care and will help and support you. I hate bullies no need," said one.

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Matthew Beard and his son Harry, who has been bullied since starting high school.
Matthew Beard and his son Harry, who has been bullied since starting high school. (Twitter)

"This makes me so sad. Especially as a mum to a three-year-old little boy. Kids should be able to enjoy their childhood fully before real life takes over, not have it overshadowed by horrible wee buggers," added another. "Sending him lots of love and hope for better days ahead.?"

Others agreed more needed to be done to address the bullying.

"I'm a teacher Matt and when I worked in schools you wouldn't believe how much it happens. More often or not your HOD (head of department) or safeguarding leads know, yet they themselves are scared of the culprits. More needs to be done and now! Makes my blood boil ,I really hope your son is okay?," said one.

"This is dreadful. I hope the school takes this seriously and supports your son, and you all," agreed another.

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