Family Fiction posted March 13, 2019 Chapters:  ...10 11 -12- 13... 

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Educational fiction about bullying

A chapter in the book Thomas Gommal Learns about Bullying

Attention is Paid

by Shirley McLain

Thomas's plan for stopping Paul has been started. Paul continues to harass Thomas. He tells his best friend who has been out sick what is happening and someone at the school pays attention to Thomas.
By lunchtime, Thomas was feeling intimidated by Paul because of his continual staring. When class dismissed, Thomas made sure he stayed in a group of kids when they left the classroom. When he got close to the Principal's office, he left the other kids and went to the office.

“Mrs. Chambers, may I make a phone call home?” Thomas asked.

“Certainly, Thomas.  You can sit there at the empty desk to make your call.”

Thomas sat down and dialed the number for home. Emily picked up the phone after the second ring. “What’s wrong, Thomas?"

 “There is nothing wrong but, can you come after me when school is out?”

“Sure, I can. I'll be there at 3:15 PM,” Emily said.

“Bye Mom.”

“Bye, son.  See you soon."

Thomas hung up the phone and thanked Mrs. Chambers. He walked out in the hall making sure he didn’t see Paul lurking around and then went on to the cafeteria to eat his lunch.
Thomas looked around for Andy to spot where he was sitting since this was the first day Andy had returned to school after having chicken pox.  After getting his tray, he sat down at the table with his best friend. Thomas was catching Andy up on what had been happening at school when he heard Paul’s voice behind him.

“Hey four-eyes, remember what I said. You are dead meat, and I can’t wait to get a hold of you.”

Thomas turned towards Paul. “Leave me alone, Paul. I'm not playing your game anymore.” Thomas raised his hand and called out, “Mr. Edwards, would you please come here?”

“You are a stinking coward!" Paul said as he walked away.

Mr. Edwards came up to the table.  "What do you need, Thomas?”

Thomas looked at Mr. Edwards and then at his friend Andy and then spoke. “I am having a problem with bullying here in the cafeteria. I don’t think I’m the only one.”

“Who is bullying you?” Mr. Edwards asked.

“It’s Paul Cusher. He just told me I was dead meat and it’s not the first time. Andy has heard and witnessed Paul shoving me around.”

Mr. Edwards looked across the table, “Is that true, Andy?”

“Yes, Sir, it is. He and his gang are all the time harassing someone,” Andy replied.

“Finish your lunch, boys and I will take care of this for you,” Mr. Edward said.

 “Wow,” Andy said, as they headed out of the cafeteria. “You’re not messing around anymore. What’s with calling Crusher, Paul?”

Thomas looked at Andy and asked, “Don’t you remember anything you're told? His nickname is bad. It makes people afraid of hearing it, so I’m not using it. You shouldn’t use it either, Andy.”

“I won’t anymore; that is if I can remember." Both the boys laughed and went into their next class.


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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