FENLAND: Mum nominates Jack to become first nominee for our Kids Are Alright Campaign

PUBLISHED: 12:45 17 February 2009 | UPDATED: 08:53 02 June 2010

Jack Fogerty in his army cadet uniform

Jack Fogerty in his army cadet uniform

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By ADAM LAZZARI SINCE being expelled from school, teenager Jack Fogerty has completely turned his life around and become a positive role model for young people. He is the first nominee to be featured in our Kids Are Alright Campaign. Jack, 13, has been n

By ADAM LAZZARI

SINCE being expelled from school, teenager Jack Fogerty has completely turned his life around and become a positive role model for young people.

He is the first nominee to be featured in our Kids Are Alright Campaign.

Jack, 13, has been nominated by his mother Rachelle Evans.

They moved to Chatteris from Harlow, Essex, almost two years ago.

He joined Cromwell Community College as a Year 7 student close to the end of the school year and struggled to fit in.

Miss Evans said: "Kids used to bully him and make fun of his Essex accent. He didn't know anybody and it was very difficult for him.

"He was always getting into fights and I would get called into the school to talk to his teachers about his behavior."

But the situation got worse when Jack was expelled for swearing at a teacher.

Miss Evans said: "A kid was winding Jack up in the classroom and he reacted. Jack argued with his teacher over it and walked out of the classroom."

Jack was expelled but reinstated a day later after he and his mother had a meeting with school officials.

Miss Evans said: "The school has been very understanding and we really appreciate that. Jack apologised but he also stood up for himself really well, using words and not violence, to explain why he was so wound up and what he has had to put up with from bullies."

One year later, Jack is now a popular and happy schoolboy.

He has been elected to represent Year 9 on the school council and is considering joining Fenland Youth Council.

Jack plans to join the Army when he leaves school and is showing his potential with Chatteris Army Cadets.

He is the youngest member to become a Lance Corporal and was a flag bearer at the Chatteris Remembrance Day parade.

n Jack will now be considered for our monthly prize of £50 of High Street shopping vouchers. A panel of three judges will consider his case along with other entries we receive and the decision will be published in early March.

If you would like to make a nomination, all you have to do is send your entry with the heading 'Kids Are Alright Campaign' to Adam Lazzari, Cambs Times/ Wisbech Standard, 51 High Street, March, PE15 9JJ, or via email, to adam.lazzari@archant.co.uk

Please leave your name, address and daytime telephone number, plus your nominee's name, age and address and your reasons why you think they should win a prize.

Keep updated on the campaign on our website.

n To help us with this campaign, we are inviting readers to fill out a survey at www.cambstimes24.co.uk or www.wisbechstandard24.co.uk.

All entries will be put into a draw with a prize of one of five £50 High Street shopping vouchers. The deadline for the surveys is February 28.


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