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Former World Champion Murphy Opens Up On Appalling School Bullying Experience

Former World Champion Murphy Opens Up On Appalling School Bullying Experience

Former world champion Shaun Murphy has opened up on the horrendous bullying that forced him to leave school as a teen.

Murphy was born in Harlow and grew up in Irthlingborough. It had been previously reported that he was home-schooled but, speaking to Eurosport, the 2005 snooker champion explained how sport was not the reason he left school. "Most people think I left school to play snooker, that wasn't the case. I left school because I would have been killed at school and I couldn't have stood another day there."

"I was left for dead in the humanities block toilets on the second, penultimate day of year nine as a 13-year-old. It wasn't the place for me."

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Murphy sent a message to anyone in a similar situation: "You got to speak out and get help, You got to shine a light on these assholes. I'd love to say at 36 I have forgotten, but I haven't. And I never will."

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