Hotline Discusion Bullying
They Say Very Rude Things
I've been cyber bullied for the past 5-6 weeks now from random numbers. The messages I've received have included the words "Stupid, ugly". I also have been receiving phone calls during school hours. The calls are always on the same day and same time. Every Friday at 1:42 pm. And this last Friday, as I was leaving school to get to my mom's car, a group of boys were staring at me and began to laugh.
I heard one of them ask "Who's that girl and his other friend came up to me, turned his back against me and nodded with his head as if saying "This is her."
The guy returned to his friends and I decided right then I should probably leave. As I walked past them, one of the guys noticed me walking up towards them, and he instantly turned his head and had this scared look on his face as if he thought I was going to go say something. From this experience, I've been debating over whether I should just assume it is them who are sending me texts and calling me. There are two different numbers calling me, but I don't know how to proceed from here.
I don't want to go back to school and face being near them. I'm terrified they're going to say something to me and worse text me rude things during school. The funny thing is, I have never spoken to any of these guys before in my life. And what scares me the most is how they could've gotten my number as I had changed it last year and only gave it to my closest friends so this situation wouldn't happen
That is so frustrating! Having people harass you for no reason is absolutely exhausting and it can make you incredibly paranoid. I'm sorry things are so tough right now.
The best place to start is with your own behavior. Make sure you aren't showing these people how their texts are making you feel. They may be seeing this as an experiment to see if they can get a rise out of you. Don't give it to them.
It probably is someone at the school, so go to the principal and report the numbers. It's possible that they have the numbers on file. Make sure you have the principal witness what is being said and texted to you. Ask them to write it down so it is on record. If you have no evidence of it, it might as well have not happened.
After you've passed along this information, think about going online to your phone provider and figuring out how to block these numbers. It's usually pretty simple. The company might be able to do it for you.
Finally don't get too paranoid. It's possible that one of your friends was letting someone look at her phone and they took your new number. It probably wasn't malicious on your friend's part.
Start there and let us know how things are going.
Boys Town Counselor PW