Over the past few months, Coronation Street viewers have witnessed David Platt’s (Jack P Shephard) adoptive son Max (Paddy Beaver) cause mayhem for Weatherfield residents with it resulting in him being expelled from school. Despite trying to change his behaviour, in upcoming episodes, fans will suspect Max has some involvement with an anonymous internet troll.
At the end of last year, Max was permanently expelled from his school over false allegations made against his teacher Daniel Osbourne (Rob Mallard).
After seeing Daniel spend time outside of school with Summer Spellman (Harriet Bibby) to help with her Oxford application, Max jumped to conclusions and accused him of being inappropriate with a student.
Making a public display at the Snow Ball where he expressed his beliefs about Daniel and Summer along with later on punching his teacher, the teen was permanently excluded.
Since then, Max has been attending the Pupil Referral Unit (PRU) and has been trying to turn a new leaf while, but unbeknownst to his parents he is being bullied by other students.
In episodes set to air next week, viewers will see the teen conduct an interview with his new friend from Iraq as part of a school project.
Impressed with Max’s glowing report, David and Shona (Julia Goulding) try to get him back into Weatherfield High but are left disappointed when Mrs Crawshaw tells them there isn’t any space.
Devastated that he’s unable to return, the youth accuses Daryan of stealing his place after learning that he’ll soon be starting at his former school.
While this is happening, Maria Connor (Samia Longchambon) is feeling unsettled after seeing disparaging comments about her rehoming refugees in an online article
One of the comments, made by an anonymous online troll, gives away Maria’s palace of work which she showed David and Shona.
Going home David asks his son if he can use his laptop, but when Max refuses, he grows suspicious of what he could be hiding.
Revealing that her home address hasn’t yet been shared online, David confesses to Shona he thinks their son could be the person behind it to get back at Daryan for getting into Weatherfield High.
Confronting Max, the teen denies having any involvement in the online trolling as he later blanks David for having him interrogated by the police.
Still not convinced, David tells Shona they’ll see what the police end up discovering on Max’s laptop, although tensions in the home grow after the teen rows with his dad for having no faith in him.
Although when David receives a call from the police, they inform him that they’re on their way around to talk to them all.
A theory by Express.co.uk suggests that after the ongoing torment Max has been receiving, he’s slipped back into his old habits and is back to causing havoc for residents.
Could the police be about to inform David and Shona that their son has been exposed as the anonymous online troll? And what would that mean for his chances of getting back to school?
Speaking to Inside Soap earlier this year, actor Jack P Shepherd joked that his son in the ITV is similar to how his character David used to be.
He commented: “I suppose Max is getting the storylines that I used to get as a kid, and I’m sort of playing out Gail’s storylines now!
“But what an amazing achievement to be turning into Gail, because she’s one of the best-loved characters in the whole show.
“She’s second on the all-time amount of episode counts, just behind Bill Roache [who plays Coronation Street’s longest serving resident, Ken Barlow], which is great. So, to be compared to Gail is a huge honour in my eyes.”