Family Fiction posted March 7, 2019 Chapters:  ...8 9 -10- 11... 


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Educational fiction about bullying

A chapter in the book Thomas Gommal Learns about Bullying

Family Meeting II

by Shirley McLain




Background
The first meeting took place and Thomas explained to his parents what was happening to him at school. A plan was put in place to meet the next day to discuss ways to help Thomas.
Sunday morning the family looked as if no one has slept. They could’ve been extras on the Walking Dead from the way they looked. Dark circles were present around their eyes, They each was pallid with lots of yawning taking place. Everyone spent the night thinking of Thomas and his problem with Crusher. It was going to be a long day.

That evening, Thomas, his parents, and Mike met again after dinner in the living room. This meeting was to discuss the bullying being done by Crusher.
Mike began the conversation. “Okay, we left this room last night with the notion we were going to come up with ways to help Thomas with his bullying problem with Crusher. Thomas, did you think of anything that might do to help yourself with Crusher?”

“Yeah, I thought about it. That’s why I didn’t sleep well last night. I guess the most important thing is to tell my parents and not try to hide it for so long. I didn't want to get into trouble because of my lunch money and everything that happened because of the bullying."

“Oh, honey, you will never get into trouble for telling us about a problem you’re having," Emily said.

“Well, since you spoke up Emily what is your suggestion for Thomas? Mike asked.

“Act proud, and confident and tell the kid to stop trying to bully you in a strong, clear voice because it’s not going to work. Then turn around and walk off to the nearest adult and let them know what’s happening.”

Charles spoke up, “sometimes it’s hard to do but walk away before you ever put yourself into the situation. Go into a different door or walk in with a bunch of kids. Bullies don’t like to draw attention to themselves from adults.”

“Crusher is that way. He won’t do anything if he thinks one of the teachers will see him,” Thomas said.

Mike sighed, "Let me think. Stay away from the places where Crusher usually bullies you. Always be aware of your environment. That alone can save you some problems. If you’re not there, he can’t say or do anything.”

Thomas showed a sad, worried look on his face which made his father ask “son, what’s wrong?”

“I’m afraid if I tell a teacher about Crusher and they talk to him he will make it harder on the other kids and me.”

“Thomas, your mother and I will be here to help you. You have to remember to tell us if he does anything. We are going to make an appointment to talk to your teacher. You don’t have to be in the room.  We want to make sure she knows exactly what is going on.”

Emily spoke up, “and if that doesn’t work, we'll go to the principal. Your dad and I spoke about talking to Crushers parents about his bullying.  We came to the decision we really don’t want to involve his dad if we don’t have to.  We both think that Carl Cusher could cause his son some bad problems. If I have to, I'll talk to his mom first and get a feel for the situation.”
 


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Bullying is a nationwide and possibly a worldwide epidemic in schools among male and females. This book is appropriate for ages 10 and above to help them understand and learn ways to deal with bullying. Please feel free to make any suggestions. I want this short book to be a learning tool as well as a fictional story to enjoy.
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