More messages ... Who is sending them? And what can Kay do?

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Kay got another message as she was leaving for school.

unknown number: You’re so ugly.  

She put her phone in her pocket and walked to the bus stop. There were messages every day now. Who was it? Why were they doing it? The phone beeped.

candybear76: freak!

Now even her friends weren’t talking to her. Becky was the only one who was still friendly. She was Kay’s oldest friend. The phone beeped again. It was a comment on her Facebook photo.

princesspusheen: No one wants to look at you. Loser!

Kay felt really upset. She was trying to delete the messages and block the users. But more messages came from different names. Becky thought it was a hacker. Kay contacted the sites telling them what was happening but they didn’t answer.

Becky was waiting at the bus stop. 'Hi, Kay, are you all right?' 'No. There were more messages this morning. Do you think I should go to the police?' 'Maybe,' said Becky. 'But I don’t think they can help. I think he’s using anon.com. Hackers use that website to hide their identity so the police can’t find them. Anyway, I think I know who it is ...' Just then the bus came and they got on.

There were lots of kids from school on the bus. Kay thought they were all looking at her. Julie McGann was talking quietly to her friend. They both started laughing. Kay and Becky sat down. 'Who is it?' asked Kay. 'Shh! He’s sitting at the back. Don’t look!' Kay looked around. Ollie Jones was on the back seat, looking at his phone. 'But why?' asked Kay. 'You finished with him, didn’t you?' said Becky. 'What? We weren’t going out,' said Kay. 'And I don’t even like him.' 'Yeah, well I heard he really liked you.' 

That day at school was really bad. When she didn’t have classes with Becky no one sat next to her or talked to her. There were more messages.

anookins2014: What happened to your face?

pixiestar: You make me sick.

bellatricks17: Everyone hates you! 

By lunchtime Kay was really upset. Mrs Gibson her music teacher saw her crying and Kay told her everything. She offered to go to the police with Kay. She said they were better at finding cyberbullies now. The bell rang. It was time for class.

Kay had ICT next. Her class was in the computer room, but the teacher wasn’t there yet. Becky was in a different group for ICT. Everyone went quiet when Kay came in. There was only one computer left. She moved the mouse and saw the website. It was called hatekay.com. There were photos of Kay but they were changed to make them look horrible. There was one of Kay that looked like a zombie. There was a message at the top of the page:

Like this page if you hate Kay Granger.

There were more than 100 likes. Her phone beeped.

unknown number: I’m watching you.

Kay ran from the room and didn’t stop until she got home. She didn’t go back to school that week. She didn’t switch on her computer or mobile phone. On Monday, Mrs Gibson called. The police thought they knew who the bully was. Kay decided to go and tell Becky.

Becky was in her bedroom working on her computer. They started to talk, but then Becky’s mum opened the door. She looked worried. 'Becky, can you come downstairs?' Kay stood up too. 'Could you wait here please, Kay?'

Kay waited, but Becky didn’t come back. Then the computer started beeping. It was a message. Kay looked at the screen. She couldn’t believe what she saw. There were photos of Ollie Jones. Some of them had kisses around them. There was one of Becky and Ollie together. There was a message at the bottom of the screen. Kay clicked on it and a website opened up. It was anon.com. It was Becky’s home page. Just then the door opened. It was Becky’s mum. She was very upset. There was someone standing behind her. 'Kay, this policewoman wants to talk to you.' 

By Brendan Dunne

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Discussion

Is bullying a problem in your school? What can people do to stop it?

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Masterofgaming 13 January, 2017 - 05:51

Dear Community,
The Story is ok but it didn't catched me. I thought that there would be a big Change in the mid, but the Change was at the end. I still like the text but I have read better ones
Why did you don't like/like the text?
Please write me back
Bye

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Linditasadiku16 11 January, 2017 - 20:45

Dear coummunity,
How are you doing?

I don't know what I can say about this story. I can unterstand why People hurt another in this way, I think that all People of this world have not earned something like that. People that are a little bit differently to other. All humans are the same and i never can understand which is the good thing about it. Whe have all a people who can tell everything and it's not much important what other people think about someone that all here are beautiful in they way you are.

I hope you like my comment
Wish you all the best Lindita

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janafuchs 11 January, 2017 - 17:26

Hey guys,
how are you doing?
When I read this text i was a Little bit shocked because bullying is not good and people which mobben other childrens are so bad because those who are bullied are really poor.
Fortunately, there is no mobbing at our school or in our class.
I wish I could Keep the People from bullying but I can not do it alone.
Every People who read this text should think about it because bullying is not a good idea.
Thanks for reading my comment,
Best wishes Jana.

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Patiiii 11 January, 2017 - 16:51

Hey Guys,

I'm so shocked after reading that story. I hate bullying and think that this isn't fear to that person, because we all are not perfect and have good and bad thinks. It's good that we all are different. I'm happy that I was never the victim, but I'm sorry of all them who are.

Thanks for reading.

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sarikalt 11 January, 2017 - 15:41

Hey guys, what's up?

I read the storie and i'm scared! I don't undestand People who start cyberbullies. I watched the series Preety Little Liars. In this Serie, it is about 4 Young Girls and 1 friend "Alice". One day she is disappeared or murdered. The 4 Girls gets every day a message with the end -A. Nobody knows who it was... and yes I hate cybermobbing, because I have a friend who is bullies. And that is not nice.

Thank you for reading
Sarah :D

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Jonathan - Coor... 12 January, 2017 - 07:36

Hi sarikalt and all our new users from Austria. Welcome :)

Sorry to hear that the story was a bit scary. But we hope that the story can help us all to think about and understand bullying, and remind people who have experienced bullying that they are not alone. Thanks for your comments!

Jonathan (LearnEnglish Teens Team)  

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annalenahager 9 January, 2017 - 16:18

Hey guys,
how are you doing?
I recently read this story and honestly i was kind of upset when i did this. As far as I know in my school there are no porblems with bullying. But I am always wondering how stupid our society really is. I can't imagine to bully someone for how he/she looks or what he/she does. I think this is so mournful. It's sad to know that there are boys and girls around the world who are feeling insecure and scared in their own schools. Maybe you know the saying "Treat people the way you want them to treat yourself". That's what we always should think about. No one want to be bullied or outlined and no one should be brought into this situation. Because bullying is awful and mean. I nerver got in a situation like that and i hope i nerver get in one like Kay.
Just remeber. You don't have to like everyone but try to accept them and don't discriminate them for who they are.

Best wishes.

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JoEditor 10 January, 2017 - 08:28

Hi annalenahager,
Thanks for your comment. I'm sorry to hear that the story upset you but it's good to know that bullying isn't a problem in your school. Unfortunately, bullying is a big problem in lots of schools but here on LearnEnglish Teens we think it's a good topic to read about, talk about and to discuss - as it's a problem that many young people have to deal with at some point as they grow up. Your advice that people should 'treat people the way you want them to treat you' is great! Exactly! If everyone remembered that, the world would be a better place for sure. 
With best wishes, Jo (LearnEnglish Teens team)

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Seliii 5 January, 2017 - 11:20

Dear readers,
I believe that bullying is a big problem at schools and around us. In my view it is a horrible depravation and every guy who disses other should be really punished. Bullying is for me a depravation which is coming slowly and quietly. No one notice how the victim feels… My advice to victims is that they should take all their courage and talk to an adult to explain them the situation and show for example messages or something else. But I also know a lot of really shy teenagers who can’t speak to their parents. So I believe they can speak to friends or to their teachers. I think they also can help by such a problem. But the most important matter is that you never give up!
Thank you for reading

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hadia 11 December, 2016 - 05:04

There's no bullying case that I'd ever heard in my school. So I never faced bullying.
But this type of act should be condemned. It's wrong and people should really avoid doing his.

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Fishnya 8 December, 2016 - 18:14

I don't think that the bullying is one of the biggest problems in my school. It goes without saying, that there are a lot of children who like making fun of each other. But these jokes are harmless. As for bullying, in my opinion, it is disgusting.
If you are a victim, you should tell an adult about it and explain the situation. But there are a lot of shy teenagers who can't speak about their problems with adults. So, they can have a talk with their friends. I think that friends should help with such an important problem.

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Ken 2 December, 2016 - 23:36

My teacher once told me that whenever he was annoyed by the bully, he drank 'Red Bull' which was an energy drink!
ᕦʕ •`ᴥ•´ʔᕤ <(I'm so tough!)

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Leraket 2 December, 2016 - 17:34

No,l think my school doesn't have bulling ploblem !!! I think about this problem that if you know what bully in our school, you must say about this your teacher,because it is a big problem be in all schools and countries!!!

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cl_qen 15 November, 2016 - 17:40

There isn't that kind of problems in our school as far as i know. I think that cyberbullies should understand that they do wrong acts, putting themselves in the position of victims and stop do these criminal activity. If this doesn't work, only police can help rectify the situation.

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fer_j 15 November, 2016 - 17:27

I don't think that the bullying is a problem in my school. My school is not big and students have never had so seriously conflicts. The story is sad and i'm glad to understand that i haven't got problems like that
In situations like this people must to ask for help and victims must be punished

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irinairina 15 November, 2016 - 16:17

I dont thinks so. Our school isnt big, and bulling isnt a huge problem. I think, all students in our school are friendly and kind.
In this situation victims shouldn't be quite. This situation can become a big problem, and victim can get more damage.

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Julypersh 15 November, 2016 - 15:29

I like my school and in my opinion there aren't any problems. Our school is not big, everyone knows each other, so we became like a family. It's fantastic!

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irinairina 15 November, 2016 - 16:06

Hello, Julypersh
I agree with your opinion. This website is very helpful.Thanks for interesting texts and tests.

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Jonathan - Coor... 15 November, 2016 - 15:50

Hi Julypersh. Thanks for your kind comment! We hope you enjoy practising English here. :) 
Jonathan (LearnEnglish Teens Team)

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kiselevdaniil11 15 November, 2016 - 14:02

In my school people are friendly and peaceful
People can give rebuff and must defend their point of view or not to pay attention to them

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AnfaloFF 15 November, 2016 - 12:26

In my school,internet bullying is not a problem. All students live calm and friendly. They can help you in a difficult situation or help you with your homework. Of course, such cases sometimes happen in our school, but i think in all schools there are some bad people. I think people, who are victims of bullying shouldn't stay silent, the best option is to ask someone for help.
I hope, that everyone will live in agreement and will be friendly to each other.

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Nickel 5 July, 2016 - 08:45

Kids enjoy making fun of each other so I think cyber bullying can happen every where, but the good education will reduce of it. Yes, we can do loads of things to stop the bullies, so keep doing that to help each others.

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andelacruz 26 May, 2016 - 00:01

If, to stop people should be aware not to do to others, which do not like that you make to them.

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barbiedoll10 10 April, 2016 - 12:10

In my school bullying is very common. Kids (or teenagers) make fun of each other because of their wish to be considered as funny or brave. We can do loads of things to stop bullies but most important is help of teachers, who arent often ready to "waste time" by solving kids" problems... Kinda sad..

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Ken 10 April, 2016 - 13:41

In my school bullying is not common. Of course, there're kids who enjoy making fun of each other, you know kids are kids. However, importantly, we know what deeds fall into bullying or fun and it is very hard to let the bullied kid pulling off on his/her own. So my school has teachers who're in charge of teaching subjects as well as school counsellors who're in charge of guiding daily life behaviours and moral.
In an increasingly complex world, it doesn't work well anymore on a disaggregated basis. Teachers and counsellors need to coordinate on bullies!
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Jonathan - Coor... 10 April, 2016 - 12:57

Hi barbiedoll10. Sorry to hear that it's so common in your school. That's not cool. You're right that it's important to have your teachers' help and support against bullying so even if some teachers won't help, keep looking for another one who is more sympathetic and who will listen (if you need it). 
Jonathan (LearnEnglish Teens Team)

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