This story and all the stories in the series serve to teach students about anger triggers, anger cues, anger styles, anger control, and how to deal with bullies.
Part 1: Story called “Judd has identified Jared as his next target”
A. Teacher reads story to class called “Judd has identified Jared as his next target.”
B. Story Description: Seventh-grader Judd Ford is full of tension and stress. If it were not for Mr. Campbell watching him closely, he had fully intended to release his feelings of tension on his next target – Jared Christie.
Judd has identified Jared as his next target
© 2010-2011 by Debbie Dunn
Chapter 3, Story 1 of 3: Judd has identified Jared as his next target
Judd Ford walked out of his Communication Skills class feeling like he wanted to punch somebody. He did not like hearing about people like Bill’s cousin trying to commit suicide just because some kids tried to push her around. Judd thought, “What a colossal wimp!”
Judd looked over and saw Jared Christie. He knew that Jared and Jordy hung out together a lot. He thought, “I bet that Jared is just as much a wimp as that little baby Jordy.”
Suddenly, the story about the wild boar intruded into his head. Just like somebody will shake their head hard trying to get rid of a buzzing mosquito, Judd shook his head hard trying to rid his mind about the idea that it is the ‘tiger in the hole’, the back story, that causes people to act the way they do. Judd thought, “What a load of crock!”
Needing to blow off some steam before having to sit through sixth period, Judd started for Jared. Just then, his sensors alerted him to danger. He could practically feel Mr. Campbell’s eyes boring into his back. Quickly, he looked around. Sure enough, Mr. Campbell was staring at him as he stood in his doorway doing hall duty between classes. Judd wondered, “Why is he watching me in particular? Can he read my mind or something?”
Jared too sensed danger. He saw Judd heading in his direction. Feeling a wave of fear wash over him, he walked as quickly as he could to catch up with his friend Bill who was heading to his locker. That felt like the wisest thing to do since there is safety in numbers.
Jared was amazed when he saw Judd barreling past him. He happened to catch a glimpse of Judd’s face as he passed. Judd looked very intent and very lethal. Jared thought, “I thought he was after me. Thank goodness I was wrong.”
Judd, in the meantime, was trying to outrun his thoughts. “I’ve been bullied too. It didn’t make me want to kill myself. It just toughened me up.” Once again, he shook his head, trying to shake off any negative thinking.
Feeling that tension building even higher, he went to his locker, managed to get it unlocked without fumbling, opened it, and slammed it shut a few times. The tension eased up just a little bit.
Just then, he heard Miss Dudney say, “Young man, quit making such a racket in our hallway. Grab your books and get on to class.”
Judd didn’t say anything. He also didn’t look at that teacher. As he grabbed his books, inside his head, he was saying a bunch of choice words that he was smart enough not to say out loud.
Just like Kevin Fowler’s country song called Pound Sign, we will suffice to say that Judd was thinking over and over, “#?*!%@~#?*!” aka “Pound Sign, Question Mark, Star, Explanation Point, Percentage Sign, And Symbol, Backslash, Squiggle Thing, Pound Sign, Question Mark, Star, Explanation Point!”
- (You Tube video with lyrics: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oJmrgicMLQA)
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The 8 Tools of Anger Control plus much of the other Anger Control material is also adopted with permission from the programs of The Anger Coach produced by psychologist Dr. Tony Fiore.
- URL: http://drfiore.com