Schriftliche Abschlussprüfung Englisch
Teil I (12 BE)
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Bullying!Last week our magazine got a letter from Rebecca (13). She has been bullied for the past four months and is scared to tell anyone, in case things get worse ...
Like Rebecca many of us are concerned about similar problems, that's why I'll try to give some advice on how to stop bullies.
First, mind that bullying isn't just a minor, childish problem. It's a crime and it's punishable in court. Don't feel you are over-reacting if you're being bullied. If anyone hits you or pushes you around, they're committing assault - the law is on your side.
Bullies are not strong, powerful people. They're pathetic and insecure. They pick on people to prove that they can do something. They aren't good at anything else so they show off by pushing other people around.
Don't blame yourself if you're being bullied - you didn't ask for trouble. Bullies pick their victims randomly. It's not your fault.
The only way to stop bullies is to report them. You're only a victim as long as you suffer in silence. As soon as you tell someone in authority, the bullies have lost their power over you.
Don't worry about what will happen if you tell on someone who's picking on you. You're in the right and you'll be given help and support. As soon as a person becomes known as a bully, they're in trouble with the authorities.
If the bullying continues, report them again. You're the one who has the power over them: You can see that they're punished.
As you can see it is very important to be brave now. Feel free to speak to a teacher, parent or friend. If you have no-one to turn to or you would prefer to talk to someone in complete confidence, phone ChildLine on 0800 1111.
(based on SHOUT magazine, November, 1998)