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Kids in my class have got hold of my details and are leaving threatening messages on my mobile phone. They threaten to hurt, they leave sounds saying "This will be your face tomorrow". I hear them kicking in a filing cabinet. At school they throw notes across the room saying "u r gonna die". What should I do?

T....


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Dear T....

I was shocked to read about the bullying you are being subjected to. It is very important that you find an adult you trust and tell him/her what is happening. There is no way anyone would expect you to deal with such a frightening situation on your own. What these people are doing is very wrong and is totally unacceptable. In fact, sending abusive text messages is illegal. You have a right to go to school without feeling frightened. You also have a right to the support of teachers but they do need to know what is going on before they can help you. I know that it can be absolutely terrifying and a day can seem a long, long time, but there are people out there who will do their best to help you. I would urge you to speak to a teacher you trust as soon as possible.

There are some other things we would advise you to do immediately. It is important to save these text messages and it is also important to tell the police. Bullying Online have useful advice about mobile phone bullying.

You might also find it helpful to contact one of the helplines which are set up to help children and young people who are distressed. If you are in Scotland you could phone ChildLine Scotland's Bullying helpline which is open 3.30pm - 9.30pm Monday - Friday Freephone 0800 44 1111. If you are outside Scotland or if you are in Scotland phoning after the hours above (for example at weekends) you could contact Childline which has a 24 hour helpline on 0800 1111. Samaritans can be contacted by phone or email tel: 08457 909090 email: jo@samaritans.org.

Please remember that this is not your fault and that you do not have to try to get through this on your own. You are entitled to support immediately.

With my best wishes,

Anti-Bullying Network Adviser

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