Just Say “No” to Bullying

Thirteen-year-old Sophie had been bullied at school for over two years. She had had her bag, keys, and mobile phone stolen.

She had also been knocked off her bicycle, kicked and punched. She tried to fight back, but it always seemed to be her, not the bullies, who got into trouble. She grew so afraid of going to school that she started to skip her classes.

Finally, her headmaster set up a special plan, encouraging students to look after one another. He encouraged Sophie to play the guitar in a school concert, which gave Sophie new confidence and earned the respect of the other students. Gradually, the bullying began to stop.

Sadly, Sophie’s story is not uncommon and new technology hasn’t helped. Cyberbullies can be harder to avoid and harder to catch. It is all too easy to send a nameless threat by text or post an insulting comment about someone on social media. Yet the results can be serious for the victim.

But help is out there. All schools in the UK now have to follow strict bullying policies. There are many charities and organizations giving support to young people, such as Bullying UK and Childline. So remember one very important piece of advice: If you are being bullied, don’t put up with it —— tell someone.

Bullying can take many forms:

• Teasing or name-calling
• Making threats
• Ignoring someone
• Pushing, shoving, punching or kicking
• Taking someone’s things
• Spreading rumors

Word Bank

  • bully /!boli/ v. frighten or hurt a weaker person 欺负;欺凌;霸凌
  • get into trouble 使……陷入麻烦
  • respect /rfspekt/ n. polite behaviour towards or care fbr sb./sth.that you think is important 尊重
  • victim /Viktim/ n. 受害者
  • advice /odVais/ n. suggestion 建议;忠告


  1. Why did Sophia start to skip her classes?
  2. How did the headmaster help Sophia?
  3. What’s the meaning of “cyberbullies” in Chinese? How do you get the answer?
  4. What should we do with being bullied according to the passage?
  5. How many forms of bullying are mentioned in the passage?