News

Inner strength gets bullied teen through school

MADE IT: Ryan Shayler-Rouvray has a new lease on life after overcoming bullying and graduating from high school.
MADE IT: Ryan Shayler-Rouvray has a new lease on life after overcoming bullying and graduating from high school. Laura Mckee

FINISHING high school is a significant event for teenagers, but for Ryan Shayler-Rouvray it was a milestone he never thought he would achieve.

The 17-year-old joined hundreds of other students who walked out of the gates for the last time on Friday.

It was an emotional battle for Ryan who has dyslexia and an intellectual disability.

He suffered bullying at various schools.

"It was heart-breaking. He would cry and cry. It was all over Facebook and at school," mum Roberta Shayler said.

"He was bullied for four years non-stop. The kids constantly picked on him. Kids threatened to bash him if he signed up for footy."

It was Ryan's inner strength that got him through.

Ryan is a keen rugby league player and used the sport as a way of releasing his anger.

"I'm on the Wallabies team and I have been playing footy for six years," Ryan said.

"I took all my anger out on the other teams by tackling them."

But it was Ryan's final transition in Year 11 - to Gladstone State High School - that changed his life for the better.

"We enrolled him in the special education program," Mrs Shayler said.

"It was a completely different ball park. He would never miss a day of school."

Ryan found a group of mates, tried hard with his subjects and got a job at IGA.

Mrs Shayler said she was very emotional when Ryan graduated, feeling as though she too had graduated.

"I am so proud of him. He's held me up a lot of times," she said.

Ryan turns 18 on Sunday.

"I am very proud of myself. I pulled through it all," he said.

"I want to be a carpenter. I like hands-on stuff. I don't think my dream to be a famous football player for the Cowboys will happen," he laughed.

He recently applied for a traineeship at Gladstone Ports Authority to obtain machinery tickets.

Topics:  bullying graduation high school intellectual disability year 12



Date nights under $50

ACCORDING to The Bachelor falling in love involves helicopter rides, private jets, shopping trips, and we mustn’t forget the hot tubs.

Brisbane's arts and culture events centre stage

You loved the film, now you're about to love the musical. Don't miss The Bodyguard The Musical in Brisbane this July.

THE arts and culture events you don't want to miss.

Homewares stores to fulfil your Instagram dreams

No Caption

You too can become an Insta-star with these fab stores.

Top 10 Brisbane experiences to cross off your bucket list

Do yourself a favour and get amongst the food truck scene. Eat Street is a great place to start.

A GOOD bucket list doesn’t have to span continents or cost millions.

Six mega sporting events you need to be at this year

Don't miss all the action trackside this season.

IF THERE is one thing Brisbane does damn well, it’s play host.

Six reasons to get to Brisbane this Autumn

The Brisbane Powerhouse has free comedy on Friday nights.

AUTUMN has to be up there with one of the best seasons of the year.

The best things to do in Brisbane are FREE. Yes, FREE

Mt Coot-tha is a seriously gorgeous way to start your day.

HEADING to the big smoke doesn’t have to come with a big price tag.

Dad told to leave toxic relationship for sake of son

Generic stock photo domestic violence.  Photo Contributed

A GLADSTONE man has been told to leave a 7-year toxic relationship

What would you do, go for a local company or cheaper quote?

Paulette and Owen Lindley with their crew in just one of the grounds they maintain on a volunteer basis.

Debate over going local or going cheaper

Dodgy car rental deal lands Gladstone man in court

FILE PHOTO: 2012 Holden Commodore SV6.

Deal with mate goes wrong after car reported stolen

Local Partners

Better phone service for Gladstone's regional towns

Telstra: "This technology is delivering big benefits to these rural and regional communities”


Win a $1000

GROCERY GIFT CARD!
Learn More

What to expect at Birds of Tokyo's Ipswich gig

The band will perform at the Racehorse Hotel on Friday.

BAND member Glen Sarangapany talks music, pub grub and doing shoeys

What public holidays are left in 2017

Ipswich residents will get the day off tomorrow for the show.

IPSWICH residents will get tomorrow off for the show

Caitlyn comes home to launch debut album

Gympie's Caitlyn Shadbolt will launch here debut album Songs On My Sleeve at an exclusive all-ages concert in Gympie on Friday, May 26.

Win tickets to Caitlyn's album launch

MOVIE REVIEW: King Arthur - Legend of the Sword

Why the critics have got Guy Ritchie’s King Arthur all wrong.

Concert death toll revised up to 22, tour suspended

There have been multiple confirmed deaths after 'explosions' heard at Ariana Grande concert in Manchester

"We saw blood on people when we got outside."

Casual Keanu says fame is ‘cool’

Keanu Reeves in a scene from the movie John Wick: Chapter 2.

NOBODY expected much of John Wick when it was released in 2014.

Ariana Grande breaks her silence after fatal blast

According to reports quoting witnesses, a mass emergency evacuation was prompted after explosions were heard at the end of US singer Ariana Grande's concert in the arena.

The entertainment industry is in shock after attack on concert

Pitch Perfect star suing Woman’s Day over ‘liar’ articles

Actor Rebel Wilson outside court on Friday.

REBEL Wilson's career destroyed by grubby campaign, court hears.

Seven Year Switch: The boner to end all boners

Johnny’s outraged over claims he has a cracked boner.

She gulps. Her face says it all.

Bay to star in Hollywood shark thriller ‘Cage Dive’

Cage Dive, written and directed by Gerald Rascionato, is now screening in the United States of America. It had scenes filmed in Hervey Bay.

And our visiting humpback whales also make appearance.

One of Maryborough's most historic homes is still for sale

FULL OF HISTORY: Trisha Moulds is owner of the historic Tinana state known as Rosehill. The beautiful home is currently for sale.

It has been the scene of both joy and tragedies over the years.

New tool reveals which areas are most 'vulnerable' for renters

An aerial shot of Agnes Water main beach. According to new information, people renting in the region are more vulnerable than those in Gladstone suburbs.

Big differences between living in Gladstone and outer areas

The face of the Sunshine Coast's overpriced rental crisis

Alyx Wilson had to rent a $385 unit in Currimundi because the market was too competitive for cheaper rental housing. She is now renting a room from friends who own a house in Currimundi, and says its much more affordable.

Young people feel the strain in competitive, expensive rental market

Ready to SELL your property?

Post Your Ad Here!