A FORMER tattoo artist has been teaching pupils at North Devon's first free school about antisocial behaviour.
Scary Guy, who has 85 per cent of his body tattooed, has been giving lessons at Route 39 Academy in Higher Clovelly.
Having had a personal epiphany, he stopped his work as a tattoo artist and has since spent the last 16 years working in schools across the world addressing antisocial behaviour.
His work has now spread to prisons, detention centres, police forces and the military.
Scary's programme describes the impact that people's words and actions have on others. It doesn't just focus on bullies, how to control behaviour, or how to deal with incidents after they've happened – but offers a preventative approach.
Scary said: "They have a fantastic future at the school, they are all the first kids so it is very exciting.
"It is important they invested in the emotional training at this early stage, so hats off to them."
School principal Joss Glossop said: "Scary tries to empower young people to understand their behaviour and choose what to do themselves. His approach is extremely effective and it's fantastic to have him here."
One of the students, Heyshea, who had a one-to-one session with Scary, said: "It's very moving and you realise there's no point in arguing and there's no point in hating."
Gus Grimshaw, a governor at the school, was present at some of the sessions. He said: "I've had more than 40 years' experience in education, and I've seen a lot of effort put into establishing anti-bullying systems, but this approach is impressive. It gives young people the tools to develop their self-esteem."