Vicious: True Stories by Teens About Bullying (Real Teen Voices Series)
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Essays by teens address bullying: physical, verbal, relational, and cyber. These stories will appeal to readers because the cruelty and hurt are unmistakably real—and the reactions of the writers are sometimes cringe-worthy, often admirable, and always believable.
Real Teen Voices Series
Teens open up to tell personal stories that tackle difficult, real-life issues. Direct, revealing, and often raw, these voices will ring true for any teen reader who has faced bullying, anger, or stress. Each piece has been selected and edited to appeal to reluctant and emerging readers as young as seventh grade. Readers will be inspired by the writers’ courage and strength in working hard to overcome problems both large and small.
everything was my grandma, who raised me. From my grandma I learned strength, courage, patience, love, heartfulness, and to treat all people the same no matter what. My grandma taught me to learn new things from people who try to reach out and teach you. She taught me the Golden Rule: Do unto others as you want others to do unto you. My grandma was born in 1919. She grew up on a farm and was born during a time when blacks weren’t accepted and women weren’t allowed to vote. My grandma saw so
pet project. For 10 months I did nothing but insult him. I’d get everybody to laugh at him in class or in the lunchroom. When we learned we were getting a snow day, I pointed to Billy and told him, “We’ll get two days off if you stand on the roof and shake your head,” because of his dandruff. I enjoyed being able to hurt people with words. We even harassed the teachers. One teacher quit after his first few months with us, and we went through five more until the school found someone who could
dangerous—it can be. In September 2011, a New Jersey law took effect requiring school employees to identify and prevent harassment and bullying. Under the law, known as the Anti-Bullying Bill of Rights, schools must have a “school safety team” to respond to such incidents. If school administrators are caught not investigating bullying incidents, they can be disciplined. When bullying happens in a public place like school, adults can more easily catch on and do something to stop the bullying (not
grew more distant from my parents and sisters. I still talked to them, but only short talks about my day. Somehow, they knew that I was having some kind of trouble at school without me having to tell them. They told me not to be fazed by it and to ignore it. But it was already too late for that. I could see they were worried about me and I felt guilty because I thought I was a burden to them. After school I began going straight to my room, isolating myself from the rest of the family. I didn’t
and people eventually stopped bothering her. She told me that if I have a goal that I want to reach, then I should just focus on that. Her words made me feel like I wasn’t alone anymore—there were people out there like me. I started meeting with a therapist every other Thursday. The more I talked about my problems, the more I felt at ease with myself. My dad took me to my sessions, and afterward he would ask how they went or I would tell him about them myself. Day by day, I started opening up to