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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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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onceden 3 February, 2016 - 11:00

Yes.Bullying all around my scholl. I don't known what can do.Sometimes my friends bulliying at someone. you know ermm...

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JoEditor 3 February, 2016 - 11:15

Hi onceden,
Please talk to an adult about the bullying that you see at your school. Is there a teacher you can talk to? It's really important that teachers, students and parents are talking about this issue. Could you also talk to your friends about it? Share this story with them and see what they think. It's a difficult topic to discuss but nobody should have to suffer bullying in silence and the first thing to do is to tell an adult that you trust about the things that you see happening around you. 
Best wishes, Jo (LearnEnglish Teens Team) 

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Trish99 26 December, 2015 - 13:22

Bullying isn't cool, it's sad to know that there's boys and girls around There feeling insecure and scared In their own schools. My whole life I suffered bullying at school just because I always have been too shy and quiet, this affected so much in my life and I even had to get off school for a while, and now I'm going to try to start All over again from begin, new friends, new school, new life, new me. Now I see It was essential for me to change for better, I think everything has a reason to happen, so don't be sad. It's a long way and the road isn't easy to walk, but it's not impossible! Believe in yourself. Hard things came to strong persons!

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shamim 19 December, 2015 - 18:45

We don't have any bully in our class
If we are being abused, the best way is this, talking with parents, they can help us and solve our problems.

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Diari 29 September, 2015 - 14:46

In my school there is no bullying but if the people suffer from bullying should warn and do not stay silent.

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ryanrussell13 28 September, 2015 - 14:45

the story is very sad because, it is a example of the bullying in the school, olso, it does demonstrate of the ciberbullies, the principal person in this story is kay

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Sandra_3MSC 28 September, 2015 - 14:41

In my school there is not bullying, but I think people who are victims of bullying should not stay silent, the best option is to ask for help.

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AracelyV12 28 September, 2015 - 14:41

In my school, there is not the bullying for internet. Why? Because my school is very friendly.
I can say what happens a one person old appropriate.

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AlessandroCT45 28 September, 2015 - 14:26

Actually in my school doesnt exist the bullying, but in other places this is a very big problem, I thing the solution is in all of us and we have to fix it now.

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Tris 25 September, 2015 - 15:13

I feel scared with this history because is about a number don´t find. if I was the character I don´t know that do

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gianggiang 21 September, 2015 - 15:55

In my school,internet bullying is not popular. And I used to be a bullying victims. My classmates did not talk to me and said to each other the terrible thing about me. I was so depressed that I bursted into tears in the middle of night. At last,I had to move to another school.

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Jonathan - Coor... 22 September, 2015 - 04:55

Hi gianggiangphi. That's terrible. I'm sorry to hear about your bad experience and that was completely unacceptable behaviour from your classmates. I hope you are happier in your new school. :)

Jonathan (LearnEnglish Teens Team)

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gianggiang 23 September, 2015 - 13:42

Hi,Jonathan. That is so bad. It is even worse when I move to new school. I realized that teengirls in my class are so selfish. They hate me because I study better and prettier than them. That is why I am fond of studying online. I always hope to have a friend. Sometimes I have stupid thinking: If I weren't a good student, my classmates would play with me and If I had a closefriend,I would never be sad and lonely. Thank for reading my comment and I am sorry if you are bothered (by me)
best wishes - Giang

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Elsa007 23 September, 2015 - 18:23

Hi, ginggianghi,
I'm so sorry to hear your story which really made me sob in the middle of night. Well, I'm sure you are clever and charming but I wonder, why you? it may sounds a bit harsh but not all pretty girls become a bulling victim, you know, maybe they've learnt some smart social skills. Having said that, I think it's not easy to have a clue about distance in human relationships in our life. But if you can find your absolute bestfriend and be accepted, you'll be enormously lucky! Save the tide! The bullies remain the bullies; you should chase your star! Let me know if you're doing well...!
Elsa ツ

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gianggiang 24 September, 2015 - 01:54

Hi Elsa007, thank for sharing. It is almost Mid autumn festival. Do you have any plan ?
Hope to receive your reply soon

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Elsa007 25 September, 2015 - 14:21

Hi Giang!
Yes, time flies! I like autumn, I feel somewhat melancholy hearing the sound of silence towards winter. In such a season, I don't feel like going out alone, I'd rather hang out with my friend in the nature. But now you know we're busy with schoolwork and I can only enjoy autumn atmosphere through the window. Ah, I want to graduate from school soon!! Will you hang out with me then?? ツ
Do you have any plan to enjoy the festival? Hope to hear from you!
Elsa

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gianggiang 26 September, 2015 - 06:16

Hi Elsa, In my country, the festival has ended. I am having a sore throat- this is so bad. And I live in Vietnam so I can't hang out with you !!!!
( I know nothing about you, could you introduce something about yourself? Do you know Adam Khoo?
Best wishes.

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