The messages are getting worse, and Kay is really getting desperate. But what can she do?

Kay got another message as she was leaving for school.

unknown number: You’re so ugly.  

She put her phone back in her pocket and set off for the bus stop. There were more messages every day now and it was really getting her down. She didn’t know who it was or why they were picking on her. It might be more than one person. They kept changing names. The phone beeped again.

candybear76: freak!

She’d always got on well with everyone and she couldn’t think why anyone would do this to her. Now her friends were avoiding her. Becky was the only one who’d stayed by her. They’d been friends since they were six. The phone beeped again. I’m not going to look, she thought. But what if it was Mum? She looked. It was a comment on her Facebook profile picture.

princesspusheen: Stop taking photos of yourself. No one wants to look at you. Loser!

Her heart was pounding now. She turned her phone off. She’d tried to delete the posts and block the user but they kept coming back with a different name. Becky thought it must be a hacker. Kay had sent messages to the sites telling them what was happening but they’d done nothing yet.

Becky was waiting for her at the bus stop. 'Hi, Kay, are you all right? You look terrible!' 'No, I’ve been getting those stupid messages all morning. I’ve got to do something, Becky. I’m starting to go mad. Do you think I should go to the police?' 'Well, you could try,' said Becky. 'But I heard they won’t do anything. And besides, he’s probably using Hackers use that site to hide their identity so the police will never be able to find them. Anyway, I wanted to tell you, I think I might know who it is ...' Just then the bus came and they got on.

There were lots of kids from school on the bus. Kay felt they were all looking at her. Julie McGann was whispering something 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 sitting on the back seat. He was looking at his phone. 'But why?' asked Kay. 'Well, you did just finish with him, didn’t you?' said Becky. 'What? We weren’t even going out,' said Kay. 'And I don’t even like him.' 'Yeah, well I heard he really liked you.' 

That day at school was terrible. When she didn’t have classes with Becky no one would sit next to her and everyone kept looking at her then looking away. She should have left her phone switched off but she didn’t. She couldn’t stop herself from looking at the messages.

anookins2014: What happened to your face? This is the ugliest pic I’ve ever seen.

pixiestar: You make me sick.

bellatricks17: Everyone hates you! 

By lunchtime Kay couldn’t take any more. She hid in the art room. She couldn’t stop crying. Mrs Gibson her music teacher found her there at the end of lunch break and Kay told her everything. She offered to go to the police with Kay. She said they were getting better at finding cyberbullies now and the laws were changing too. The bell rang. It was time for class.

Kay had IT next. Her class was already in the computer room, but the teacher wasn’t there yet. She wanted to talk to Becky but she was in the top group for computers. Everyone went quiet when she came in. There was only one computer left. She sat down at it and moved the mouse. The screen came to life. She just sat there staring at the images on the screen. It was a website and it was called There were photos of Kay and her family, but they’d all been changed to make them look ugly or disgusting. There was one of Kay that looked like a zombie. There was even one of her pet dog. It looked like it was dead. Her address, phone number and emails were there for everyone to see and 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 didn’t look around. She just ran from the room and didn’t stop running until she got home. She didn’t go back to school that week. She kept her phone switched off and she couldn’t even look at her computer. Becky called a few times but Kay didn’t want to see anyone. On Monday Mum told her that Mrs Gibson had contacted the police and they thought they’d found the bully. Kay decided to go and tell Becky.

Becky was in her bedroom doing homework on her computer. She looked surprised to see Kay. They talked for a while, but Kay got the feeling Becky didn’t want her there. Then there was a knock at the door. It was Becky’s mum. She looked very worried. 'Becky, can you come downstairs now?' Kay started to get up too. 'Could you wait here, please, Kay?' Becky’s mum smiled nervously at Kay. What was going on?

Kay waited, but ten minutes later Becky hadn’t come back. Then her computer started beeping. She was getting messages. Kay couldn’t help herself. She tapped a key and the screen came to life. She couldn’t believe what she was seeing. There were lots of photos of Ollie Jones. Some of them had kisses all around them. There was one of Becky and Ollie. It looked like a selfie. There was a message blinking at the bottom of the screen. Kay clicked on it and a webpage opened up. It was It was Becky’s home page. Just then the door opened. It was Becky’s mum. She’d been crying. There was someone standing behind her. 'Kay, this policewoman would like to talk to you.' 

Brendan Dunne


Did Kay do the right thing? What can people do to stop bullying?

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yuvi4b 14 October, 2020 - 09:52

Did Kay do the right thing? What can people do to stop bullying?
Yes, the only way to stop bullying is to talk about it, you have to expose it and debate about it for it to end.

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editor_rachael 10 July, 2020 - 11:06

Hi Nandini,


These stories are available at three different language levels. So this is the hardest version of the story. Bully – level 2 and Bully – level 1 are the same story but with easier language.


Hope you are enjoying the stories!


Best wishes,


LearnEnglish Teens team

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mavis2002 25 September, 2017 - 21:37

I'm 14 years old and I'm one of the powerful girls in school. Our schools get started last two days and I have a lot of problems with my classmates. We have a lot of bully's in our school.
They think they are boys and they changed their manners. They walk like boys they speak like boys and we don't know what can we do?
Today I had a problem with one of them and it was so bad course I can't control my crying and I started crying when I was speak with her.
She said anything she want and sometimes some thing that I never heard from no body!!!
I can't do anything. After school when I was thinking about that I get that I should be more more powerful and I should believe that it can happen every time and I should be ready for that.and next time I'm winner and I will have change a lot.

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JoEditor 26 September, 2017 - 16:21

Hi mavis2002,
I'm sorry to hear you're having problems with bullies in your school. Please try to talk to an adult family member or a teacher as soon as possible. They will help you to solve the problems. Nobody should have to feel scared because of bullies - speaking out about the problem is usually the first step to solving it. You're not alone - most people have experienced bullying at some point in their lives, unfortunately - as you can see in this video:
Best wishes and good luck, Jo (LearnEnglish Teens Team) 

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Israa_Tantawy 11 September, 2017 - 16:22

I think, she should deactivate her account to month. And if someone needs to upset her, he'll search other way which will discover him.

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Elsa007 14 January, 2017 - 08:37

In this world, there are kids who have a bitter sense of betrayal due to the bully by their close friends or family .... How could they trust someone for years to come? Very sad...

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Captain 10 January, 2017 - 17:29

I think the story of Kay is very tragical and sad. In this situation Kay cannot do very much and it would be intelligent to tell her parents and they should afterward call the police. I think it is really sad, that her own girlfriend Becky reveals her. i hope that this problem can be solved as soon as possible and Kay can live a normal life

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Jo - Coordinator 12 December, 2016 - 08:30

Hello Happygirl1348, I'm really sorry to hear people call you names. If anybody makes you feel bad or not powerful please make sure you tell a parent, teacher or someone you trust. Nobody should have to have that experience, and especially not suffer it alone. Well done for being brave and talking about what's happening. Good luck and best wishes, Joanna (LearnEnglish Teens team)

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Elsa007 28 April, 2016 - 15:03

Oh no, it's terrible, too much....!!
I even feel sad whenever I hear someone cursing at somebody else. I think to curse is (can be) a violence!
I had a very bad experience online. I really got hurt when an anonymous stranger suddenly cursed me for my involvement in her queries on a public website. When I read her reply, I really felt put down and didn't know what to do. Besides, nobody shared the situation I had, so I deeply understand Kate's agony in solitude. My heart still hurts when I recall the impervious people online. Although my experience can't even compare to Kate's situation, indeed, it's a double-dissapointment when you know even your best friend giving a favour to them....
Let's learn digital literacy before learning language!! ;)

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Jonathan - Coor... 12 May, 2016 - 04:00

Hi Elsa007. That's horrible. But as you know, here on LearnEnglish Teens all comments from users are checked by our team before they are published, so I can assure you that comments like that will never be published here. :)
Jonathan (LearnEnglish Teens Team)

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Elsa007 22 January, 2017 - 09:18

Thank you for your comment, Jonathan.

On second thoughts, the online blow up by the cyber crazy (!) may have been an one-off emotional violence, while the bulling takes time to hurt someone artfully with stealthy steps just like an enemy in the likeness of a friend!
I really feel sorry for a poor heart of the bully. I presume a bully might be a person who THINKS has been underestimated by others for any reason.....
I don't know much about bullies but perhaps they want to satisfy themselves by manoeuvring superiors nearly close enough instead of giving their full attention to their inferiority complex which forms a hotbed of jealousy. :(
As a result, a bully is a chicken actually!✨

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Ken 3 December, 2015 - 08:48

I'm actually a gullible. Seriously....
What am I supposed to do? Give me some advice, everyone!

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anyiis 30 November, 2015 - 21:31

This is bad feeling when you know that your best friend was cheating you or either hate you with smile face.Moreover,few people who know what friendship mean.

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Elsa007 17 November, 2015 - 10:00

As soon as I find someone bullying, we would work a magic on the person to receive divine punishment!!!

By the way, I have no idea why the bully feel good when they keep doing something someone doesn't want to. A person of fine character will have an ability to sense it soon and get the feel of social skills. Are the bully much to seek that ability?? I don't know….
Or do the bully just want to show their power over someone from jealousy??
If so, they are the loser and stingy!!
Loser loser stingy, stingy stingy loser ♬ I'll sing this song for Mr/Ms bully ! ♫
Ha ha ha ha!!

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Macaque 15 November, 2015 - 11:01

I think Kay was supposed to talk to her parents or to the police sooner. I think the best way to stop the bullies is to report them or to ignore them.

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