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Last Updated: Tuesday February 08 2005 16:27 GMT

Beckham backs bully band campaign

David Beckham at football training
Soccer star David Beckham has presented the one millionth anti-bully band to a teenager who beat bullying by signing up to the Beat Bullying campaign.

Becks gave the band to 13-year-old Jess Sparrow, who was being bullied but stood up to her tormentors.

"Bullying is something we all have responsibility to stamp out," said the England skipper.

Jess agreed: "Every time I see someone wearing one I feel like I am not alone, I feel that they are supporting me."

She added: "A few weeks ago my life was so different, so miserable, but the Beat Bullying wristbands really made a difference in my school."

The blue rubber bands were given out by a Radio 1 campaign to beat bullying and have been a huge hit.

Although Jess got the last band in the campaign, organisers say if you've already ordered a band, it should be on its way to you soon.

Banned in some schools

The bully band
But in recent weeks some schools have banned them - and other rubber bands showing support for different campaigns - over health and safety fears.

Some heads said they were worried the bands could catch on door handles, others said pupils were just wearing too many bands.

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