Pupils work on Cool project to tackle anti-social behaviour

Constable John Neill gives a talk on anti-social behaviour aboard the Cool FM bus on a recent visit to Ballyclare Secondary School. INNT 44-425-RM
Constable John Neill gives a talk on anti-social behaviour aboard the Cool FM bus on a recent visit to Ballyclare Secondary School. INNT 44-425-RM
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PUPILS at Ballyclare Secondary School have taken part in a new initiative aimed at making young people more aware of the impact of anti-social behaviour.

Developed by the PSNI and Cool FM, the project saw 120 pupils from Ballyclare and Dunmurry take part in a workshop with local police onboard the Cool FM Media Bus on Thursday (October 27).

Sixty pupils from Ballyclare Secondary and 60 from St Colm’s in Twinbrook took part in the initiative, and 15 young people from each school were selected to spend the day at the Cool FM studios.

The bus was divided into a number of interactive ‘stations’ each designed to engage the young person and provoke thought and debate around the issue of anti-social behaviour. At the first, pupils were asked to listen to local police as they outlined the possible consequences of anti-social behaviour, both for the young person and for the community. They then moved on to script their own radio advertisement on the subject of anti-social behaviour before going on to record their ad.

Once completed the ads were ‘Bluetoothed’ to the pupils, who can now share them with their friends or upload to Twitter and Facebook, spreading their message to a potentially global audience.

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