As a young woman she was taunted and teased for no reason other than the fact she had red hair.
The bullying and abuse got so bad that at times a teenage Leanne believed the only way she could escape from her tormentors would be to kill herself.
The psychological impact of her ordeal led to her being diagnosed with borderline personality disorder.
And tragically for the 36-year-old civil servant from Menzieshill, the bullying she endured as a child has followed her into adulthood.
Today Leanne – not her real name – spoke out as part of Anti-Bullying Week 2018 to try to persuade others not to suffer in silence even if they are struggling to find the strength to speak out.
The name-calling she was subjected to haunts her to this day and has had a profound impact on the rest of her life.
She revealed: “One of the reasons I don’t have children of my own is because I was so badly bullied as a child, all because I had red hair.
“Ginger ferret, ginger freak and ginger fuzzy hair were just some of the names I was called.
“At one point in secondary school I felt suicidal, it was so bad. I ended up being diagnosed with borderline personality disorder.
“My bullying was all mental but it had a devastating affect on me. It has taken me a long time but I finally feel I am dealing with it and I want to speak out to say that bullying is never OK.”
Mental health nurse Ash Mullen knows knows only too well the impact bullies can on children and families.
She recently set up the Let’s Talk Tayside Group, which in only a few weeks has given thousands of people a forum to speak about issues affecting their lives.
Ash said: “There are people in the group now talking about bullying they have suffered and I personally know how traumatic this can be for families.
“My own 14-year-old daughter was the victim of bullying at school in Dundee earlier this year. She was physically attacked and it left her terrified and traumatised.
“Bullying is never acceptable and can affect people for a long time. We need to banish bullying.”
Dundee City Council’s education convener, Stewart Hunter, said: “A lot of work is going on in our schools. We recognise we have had bullying issues but are working with pupils and parents to try to eradicate it.
“One initiative proving very successful is peer mentoring. We have been bringing primary children into secondary schools and getting senior pupils to talk to them about the impact of bullying.
“We find it’s much easier for younger pupils to approach a senior one with their concerns rather than going to an adult.
“The senior pupils have had training and know how to help. We are also asking parents to be pro-active. A lot of bullying goes on outside school because of social media.
“We’re getting parents into schools and educating them about what can go on and showing them what to look out for. We want parents to come to us if they are concerned and before the bullying goes too far.”
David Baxter, of the local branch of the EIS, said: “We are taking part in a lot of good work with the education department to address bullying.
“One of the big issues is that bullying has moved out of the playground and classroom and gone behind closed doors. We’re trying to show pupils and parent how to deal with this.”