voice betrayed the confidence I tried to engender. I stood there watching as they drove toward the interstate and finally disappeared onto the southbound ramp. Now I was the one standing aggressively, hands on hips, watching the fast disappearing forms of the bullies as they beat a hasty retreat into the swirling fog. The panic controlled me; I stood dumb before my tormentors, cowed. Suddenly it was the bully who backed off, looked lost, looked everywhere but at his bewildered compatriots. I doubt anything I said then could have added to the impending hiding. I remember when the class was discussing who would take which parts in the school play production of Cinderella, and one girl said who will play the ugly sisters, and another girl said, there is only Gina. "Could you help me get him in the van?" asked his wife. It was when we first kissed and shared secrets that I confided in him. "Or I'll flatten yer me self.
I just turned 12 when I left elementary school and started secondary education.
Going to school was not a good idea.
Two short stories exploring the impact of bullying, both in terms o f domestic domination and abuse about personal appearance.
The Bully, a short story (1650 words) by Graham Pockett about schoolyard bullying (contains some strong language).
"Don' call George 'silly Four Eyes one of his cronies piped. George, the big fat aggressive lout, the school bully. The fog swirled around us, isolating our little group. Arms around the neck Dude I said as I reached down and grabbed him around the waist and carefully raised him up into the passenger seat of the van. I silently choked back sobs, fighting to hold back tears of terror. As before, I was the underdog, the potential victim. "Gentlemen I began, an idea rushing into the vacuum of my mind. I didn't need any further explanations; I'd seen others after they'd had their 'turn'. I was invited by the school Governors to give a speech to parents and children, in which I was to address issues regarding career choices, motivation etc. I'd never even wondered why school authorities put up with him, never even thought that they too might have found this overbearing lump of flesh a little too much to handle.