Thomas Gommal Learns about Bullying
: Attention is Paid by Shirley McLain
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.
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