Coronation Street spoilers follow.
This week's episodes have seen Liam get caught out by parents Maria Connor and Gary Windass for bunking off school – though he has sworn he is not being bullied.
In Friday's episode (January 19), Maria refused to accept Liam's excuse that he'd need to miss school again because he wasn't feeling well.
Maria started to figure out something was going on as she watched her son's supposed friend Dylan completely ignore him as they got on the bus.
When she discovered Liam had left his phone, Maria showed up at the school to return the device to her mortified son.
Liam was able to get his mum to leave, only to fall victim to more bullying. This time, Mason made Liam beg for his phone and then refused to give it back anyway.
The teen tried to run away but was cornered in the hallway and shoved against the wall by his bully. Liam managed to hit the fire alarm to save himself, before fleeing.
Once Liam got home, Jake relayed a messaged that Mason would only return his phone if he agreed to meet him at school the following day.
He finally confided in his mum and stepdad over what he was going through, with Gary and Maria assuring him that they'd support him from now on.
However, Liam was still unwilling to name Mason and Dylan as his bullies, as he told his parents the tormentors were kids they didn't know.
"I just don't want you to get involved," he told his mum. "You're only going to make things worse."
Liam stormed off after refusing to name his bullies, but he was given something to think about after Gary suggested violence is the only answer sometimes.
Liam then relayed the message to Jake that he would meet Mason the following day. This storyline is set to take another disturbing twist next week when Liam's involvement in the bullying is misconstrued by police.
Coronation Street airs on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 8pm on ITV1 and streams on ITVX.
If you've been affected by the issues raised in this story, organisations who can offer support include the NHS, Samaritans on 116 123 or Mind on 0300 123 3393. Readers in the US are encouraged to visit mentalhealth.gov.
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