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Dear Girl,

I am 16 years old and attend an all girls' school. In the last month, one particular girl in my year level has taken to picking on me, as I am quite small. She is really big and is always threatening to hit me if I don't do what she says. I'm not sure what I should do?

Signed Scared.

Dear Scared,

Unfortunately bullying in schools still takes place but that does not mean that you should sit back and not take action against this girl. The first thing you must do is tell your parents about the situation at your school and report these bullying incidents immediately to either the level coordinator at your school or some other person who is employed in a position of authority. Don't be concerned about being called a 'dobber' or that other girls are going to dislike you for telling on this person, because the chances are that if she is bullying you, she has probably done it to others before and gotten away with it. Don't put up with this bullying, you have to tell someone immediately otherwise the situation could become much worse. Remember that the bully is the one with the problem and not you. In most cases, bullies pick on people because they are quite insecure about themselves and see the act of picking on people as an avenue to exert some form of power. You'll find that once you stand up to this girl and show her that you're not a force to be reckoned with, the bullying will most likely cease.