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.
- Click to read Bullies, Bystanders, and Victims Chapter 3: Part 1 of 7
- Click to read Bullies, Bystanders, and Victims Chapter 3: Part 2 of 7
Part 3: Story called “Monica begins to rethink her bullying tactics”
A. Teacher reads story to class called “Monica begins to rethink her bullying tactics.”
B. Story Description: After learning about Bill’s fifth-grade cousin attempting suicide due to excessive bullying, Monica begins to rethink her bullying tactics of Daphne. As for Daphne, she had been so used to being bullied by Monica that she felt bullied all over again simply by noticing Monica’s probing stare.
Monica begins to rethink her bullying tactics
© 2010-2011 by Debbie Dunn
Chapter 3, Story 2 of 3: Monica begins to rethink her bullying tactics
In the meantime, Monica Phillips walked out of Mr. Campbell’s Communication Skills class feeling cornered. The story about Bill’s cousin almost committing suicide due to bullying made her feel distinctly uncomfortable. She thought, “I mean, what I’ve been doing to Daphne and some of the other girls ain’t that bad. It’s not like I’m beating up on them or anything.”
Just then, Daphne Honey closed her locker door. As she started walking toward her sixth-period science class, she had to pass right by her nemesis, trouble-maker Monica. The two girls locked eyes just for a moment. Daphne looked away first, suddenly feeling very nervous. She thought, “Why is Monica looking at me so strangely? Is she planning on calling me a few more names like Daffy or Daffy Quack-Quack or Daffy Duck? Or maybe she’s gonna make fun of how I look again or how I dress. What’s her problem, anyway?”
She sighed with relief when Monica passed her by without saying a word. “Wow! I can’t recall the last time she saw me without doing some kind of bullying. I wonder what her ‘tiger in the hole’ is? What’s the back story that turned her into a bully in the first place?”
Just then, she safely reached her science classroom where Miss Dudney was doing hall duty between classes. Miss Dudney said, “Hello, Daphne. Welcome!”
Daphne said, “Thanks, Miss Dudney.”
Before entering, Daphne quickly looked back down the hallway. Monica was standing at her open locker door staring hard in her direction. Daphne gasped a little bit and quickly crossed the threshold into her class. She couldn’t help thinking about Fred’s little quip about ‘flighting’. Daphne thought, “Well, I sure was a ‘flighter’ instead of a ‘fighter’. Monica didn’t have to say a word, but I sure felt like she successfully bullied me once again. I wish I wasn’t such a chicken when it comes to her.”
Daphne sat down at her desk, took out her science book and supplies, and stared down at them instead of looking around. She had to blink her eyes hard a couple of times to keep from crying.
When Daphne disappeared from view, Monica kind of shook herself out of her reverie. She had been wondering, “I know I’ve made fun of her all last year in sixth grade. I’ve also done it a bunch in seventh grade. That wouldn’t make her commit suicide, would it? Like there was that ninth-grade girl from Ireland who hung herself due to a bunch of bully girls. I heard some of those girls might be in big trouble. Maybe I better be more careful about what I say from now on.”
Suddenly, Monica became aware that the hall was almost empty. She said out loud, “Oh, man! I don’t want to get a demerit slip for being tardy.” Quickly, she slammed her locker door and walked at a fast clip to her sixth-period math class.
Before she could reach the door, the tardy bell rang. Monica repeated, “Oh, man!” It took her another thirty seconds before she could reach the classroom door.
As she entered the room, Mrs. Carver glanced up from her desk and pointed to the demerit slip basket. Monica nodded, made a face when her math teacher was no longer looking, grabbed a demerit slip, and quickly filled it out. She handed it to Mrs. Carver just as her teacher completed filling out her attendance sheet. Then Monica walked to her desk, sat down, and thought a few choice words that might have rivaled the words that Judd Ford was thinking at that very moment.
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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