The Giant of Liberty Grade School

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What would you do if you were faced with a bully? This short piece relates what one bunch of fourth graders might do if faced with a bully in their way. Partly based on a true experience.

Submitted: December 23, 2006

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I wasn't ready. But I sure was scared. Let me tell you what happened.

When I was in fourth grade at Liberty Grade School we had the misfortune of having a couple of kids in our class that were held back a couple of times, because they just couldn't get it.

Now that's fine, but they were so much bigger than the rest of us and didn't much like it. So they took it out on us smaller kids.

Eddie and Rick were tough too. They were the type of kids that while the rest of us would have Twinkies and Ho-Ho's with our white milk, they would have chocolate covered ants and cherub bark with Dutch chocolate milk.

Even the some of the teachers were afraid of them, except Mr. Hennessy. Mr. Hennessy was rumored to eat chocolate covered beetles with black coffee. With a diet like that who could be afraid of anything.

Rick and Eddie did the usual kind of things to harass us poor smaller kids. Things like taking your hat, and playing keep away from you, knocking your books out of your arms, pulling your shirt or coat, that type of thing.

And Lord do not ever be their partner when you had to walk out of class two by two. If you did, you had better train as if you were going to run a sprint. They would drag or push you along so fast you would never catch your breath.

Any time, during the school day someone would get it over the first few months of the year.

In January, a new boy joined the sixth grade class that we would see in the playground. His name was Billy and boy was he big!

He looked like he could break someone in half that included Mr. Hennessy. But he also seemed to be a kindly sort. He was someone who would pick one of the smaller kids to play a game of football on the playground and still win the game by carrying the team he chose on every down.

Billy also did not like bullies. The first time he saw Eddie and Rick picking on someone, he came over and put his hand on Eddie and Rick's shoulder and said, "I want you to stop." Eddie and Rick looked at Billy and sized him up. Realizing that they were over matched they shrunk to the sidelines, defeated at last.

Billy gathered all us smaller kids around him and said. "Any time those two bullies start to bother you, just hold up your hand and call ‘Billy.' No matter what I'm doing I'll come over and take care of those two slugs."

So that's what we did and it was heaven for us. We were able to play and enjoy out time out of the classroom for the first time that year.

A month or two later, Billy got sick and didn't come to school. All of us were terrified; Eddie and Rick would surely try and get their revenge on the playground today!

Wouldn't you know the first person they came to harass was I. When they started with their wisecracks and pulling on my shirt, I decided to try a Billy. I put up my hand, which only reached to their shoulders and said, "I want you to stop." I wasn't ready, and I was scared, but I decided to take a stand for myself.

Eddie and Rick just laughed. Then the other smaller boys gathered around them and did the same thing ordering the two bullies to stop.

We were amazed, so was Eddie and Rick. Both of them walked away and went over to harass some of the girls.

The girls did the same thing. Of course they could only reach to Rick and Eddie's stomach, but some how, with the amount of people against them they suddenly stopped. For the rest of the playtime and the next few days while Billy was away they did not bother us.

When Billy got back we told him what had happened. He laughed and said, "I guess you guys learned to take care of yourselves. Now we can all play without being bothered.



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