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Diving hope Daley bullied at school
LONDON, (AFP) - Schoolboy diver Tom Daley, one of the country's top medal hopes for the 2012 Olympic Games, is being bullied because of his high profile and may have to move schools, his father said.
The 14-year-old from Plymouth competed in last year's Beijing Olympics after being crowned European men's 10 metres platform champion the previous March, and has become a national sensation.
But his father Rob Daley said he was considering moving his son -- who made the final in Beijing and finished seventh -- to another school because of the constant jibes and "childish name-calling and antics" of his fellow students.
"We wouldn't want to have to do it, but we will change schools unless this is sorted out, as my son's well-being comes before everything else," Rob Daley said.
Tom told the Plymouth Herald newspaper that the bullying started after Beijing and has got increasingly worse.
"I'd always ignored the 'diver boy' or 'Speedo boy' comments when I came back from Beijing last year, hoping they'd get fed up and stop," he said.
"The trouble is they haven't, and it's even the younger kids who are joining in. It's getting to the stage now where I think 'oh, to hell with it. I don't want to go back to school'."
I understand that kids can be cruel but I find this very sad: does a world-class athlete supposed to be ashamed of his accomplishments?