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Being physically threatened

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Apparently a girl in my school is threatening to fight me. This girl has spread countless rumours about me and stalks me on social media. The girl hangs around with one of my “friends” and that friend told me that the girl wants to “scrap” me “outside tescos”. I’ve had very bad incidents of bullying in my school before and the police ended up getting involved, they said if I ever get bullied in school like that again to just come tell the police. I feel like I should because I’m being physically threatened but I don’t want to cause any trouble.

Answer

Hey there, it’s great that you have reached out to us!
 
Sounds like you’re going through a really tough time right now, and we’re really sorry to hear that. Dealing with threats and rumours can be incredibly stressful, especially when it feels like it’s escalating into something physical. It’s completely understandable that you’re feeling scared and unsure of what to do next.
 
First of all, it’s important to know that you have the right to feel safe while you’re at school. No one should have to deal with threats or bullying, whether it’s in person or online. Your school should have an anti-bullying policy in place to protect students, and it’s the school’s responsibility to ensure that you feel safe and supported.
 
Considering your past experiences with bullying and involving the Gardaí, it’s definitely worth taking this situation seriously. Threats of physical violence should never be brushed off, and it’s ok to seek help from the authorities if you feel like your safety is at risk.
 
Was there a particular adult who supported you the previous time you were bullied? Do you think you could talk to them again, and let them know about this threat? You have the right to be supported and feel safe.
 
 
Remember, you’re not alone in this. If you ever feel unsafe or just need someone to talk to, there are people who can help. Childline is available 24/7 to support you and explore your options with you. You can reach us by phone at 1800 66 66 66 (Ireland only) or chat with us online at www.Childline.ie
 
Your safety and well-being are the most important things, so please don’t hesitate to reach out for support.
 
Keep yourself safe,
Alex

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