My classmates are bullies

Zoe contacted Child Helpline because her classmates bullied her, especially at the end of the school day...

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This 14-year-old told the counsellor that the classmates sent her insulting SMS messages on Facebook and that she had spoken to a teacher about this the previous year but the teacher had done nothing. She said she didn’t dare speak to anybody about this and that she was afraid it would get worse. The counsellor took the time to listen to everything Zoe had to say, reassuring her that the call was anonymous and all conversations were confidential. The counsellor made suggestions as to who might be the best person to support Zoe. Together, she and the counsellor visualised and discussed Zoe’s fears and what could help her. All this motivated Zoe and helped her feel more confident in taking the next steps.