"I saw myself getting angrier and angrier, and I decided to see what the counselling was like, just once.
"Most of the time he just listened and I just talked away. I talked about what made me angry, and seeing my parents arguing and trying to stop it. It was like telling a stranger all your business. When I went in, I felt down. But when I came out, I felt high.
"It helped me a bit. In the last year, I ignored anyone who started on me. I wouldn't fight back. I got my National Record of Achievement, and went to church in front of everybody. They gave me a Bible as well.
"I was lucky that I hung on. They used to say that I was the worst-behaved person in the whole school. By the end, no one knew I was there."