The Class Bully
went to a school called ‘The Learn Dream and Grow School.’
She had many friends there. Her best friends were Susan, Violet
and Hazel. The four friends got along well together because
they were neighbours too. In the evenings, they did their homework
together. They also found time to go to the park and play for an
hour or two. On Sundays, their families got together and went for
picnics and outings. Trudy, Rita, Mona and Sheila had their own
group. They were mean, rude and spiteful. No one talked to them.
All the other girls stayed out of their way. They used to bully
anyone they picked on.
One Monday morning,
Marjorie and her friends entered class and saw Trudy and her gang
teasing sweet quiet Linda. “Hey! Linda! Why are you so thin?” laughed
Sheila. “Don’t you get anything to eat at home?” asked Trudy. “You
can eat my leftovers from my lunch box Linda,” giggled Mona. “Poor
skinny bone is crying,” shouted Rita.
Marjorie said to her
friends, “Why is Linda crying? Let us go and help her.” “I don’t
think that’s a good idea,” spoke up Violet. “She is right Marjorie.
Leave them alone, joined Hazel. “I will come with you Marjorie.
Let us try and help Linda,” said Susan, pulling her friend’s hand.
“Come on, let us go and see what we can do.” Marjorie and Susan
came near Linda’s desk in the class room. She was crying and the
gang was giggling with delight. “Why are you teasing poor Linda
girls? Please leave her alone,” said Susan. “Oh! Yeah! Are you her
mom? Have you come to wipe her tears?” said Trudy making a bad face
at her. “You should not be rude to others Trudy,” spoke u p Marjorie.
“We will do what we want to do. Go away to your silly friends,”
replied Trudy, pushing her away. “Come on let us go,” whispered
When lunch break
came, all the girls went into the garden to play. Only Linda
sat quietly in class, eating her mid day meal. There was a
queue near the swings. Marjorie and her friends were also
standing in line. Violet was the first to get her chance on
the swing. After that, it was Susan’s turn. Next went Hazel.
As soon as she sat on the swing, Trudy pushed her away. “Get
out of my way Hazel. I am going on the swing,” shouted Trudy.
Hazel would have fallen, if Marjorie had not caught her. “Let
us go Marjorie. We will come later,” said Hazel going away.
Days passed and Trudy and her friends kept bullying Linda
and fighting with Marjorie and her friends.
Exams were near
and all the children were busy studying hard. “I don’t know
how Trudy always comes first in class Marjorie,” said Hazel.
“Yes that’s true. I never see her studying, joined in Violet.
“She is always making mischief with her gang,” piped in Susan.
“Whatever happens, I am going to beat her this time. I will
come first,” said Marjorie. “You are so good in studies Marjorie
but you always come second,” said Violet regretfully. “Well,
wait and watch how I beat our bully this time,” Marjorie said
settling her class room desk.
After that decision,
there was no going back for Marjorie. She studied hard all day long.
She did not play or watch TV at all. Even during school lunch time,
she discussed difficult questions with her three friends. The exam
day arrived. Trudy made a bad face at Marjorie saying, “Ready to
come second or maybe third this time?” “Mind your business,” replied
The exams were over
at last and everyone waited for the results. They were announced
after a week. Marjorie had come first, Violet second and Trudy third.
She was very shocked. “Did you cheat you brainless girl? I am sure
you and Violet have cheated. No one can beat me. I am going to talk
to the teachers,” said Trudy, marching out of class. She went to
the teacher’s common room. “Marjorie has done very well in her exams
Trudy. You were not so good,” said the class teacher. After that
day, Trudy became worse in her behaviour towards Marjorie and her
friends. “Let her be Violet. Nothing can be done about badly behaved
girls. Time will teach her a lesson soon,” said Marjorie to her
friend. Violet had just been teased by the gang and she was very
angry. One morning, Susan could not find her geometry box. Five
minutes were left for the class to begin. None of her friends had
extra stationery to lend to her. “I am sure I kept my geometry box
in my school bag. What will I do?” Hazel asked the other girls if
anyone could lend extra stationery. No one could and there was a
class test that day. Susan could not give her test. She was very
sad. “It is too bad. I missed my test,” she said unhappily to her
friends. “Don’t worry Susan,” said Violet. You can make up for the
lost marks by doing your best later.
Next day Susan told
her friends that she could not find her lost geometry box at home.
She thought it must have fallen from her school bag somewhere. During
lunch time, one of the girls in Susan’s class came to her. She had
a geometry box in her hand. She said, “Is this yours Susan? It was
in my friend’s desk in the other section.” “Yes this belongs to
me. How did it reach your friend’s desk?” “Don’t ask me,” said the
other girl, going away. “Can’t you guess Susan? Trudy took it from
your bag so you could not give your class test. She quietly put
it in the other classroom today.” “My God, you are right. Let’s
go and find her. How mean can she get,” Susan started going to class.
Marjorie stopped her. “It is no use Susan. We can’t prove it. Let
it be.” “How I wish something bad would happen to wicked Trudy,”
said Hazel. The others laughed. “No point wishing that. Look how
she is bullying Linda and the others,” said Violet.
The four friends came
where Linda as usual was crying. Trudy had pulled her hair and joked
about her looks. Marjorie took Linda away and wiped her tears. “You
are a lovely girl Linda. Don’t be upset by what Trudy said. You
are a good person at heart and that is what shows on your face.”
Linda smiled through her tears. The children were taken for a picnic
on a sunny morning. Everyone was having a nice time. There were
goodies to eat and games to play. Marjorie had asked Linda to join
her group. They were playing cards. Suddenly they heard a scream.
It was Trudy. She had slipped and fallen. Her head had hit a sharp
rock. Blood was falling from the cut. Everyone gathered and Trudy
was taken to hospital. Linda went with the teachers and some girls.
Marjorie, her friends and Trudy’s friends went too.
All the time, Trudy
was in bed, Linda held her hand and stayed with her. When Trudy
was better, she was surprised to see Linda by her side, holding
her hand. She smiled and said, “Thank you Linda. I was so mean to
you but you stayed by my side. You are a very nice girl. I will
never trouble you again.” Marjorie and her friends smiled a secret
smile. They knew Trudy had learnt her lesson. She would never be
mean to anyone again. Trudy left the hospital and went home. Her
parents had a tea party for Trudy, her friends, Linda, Marjorie,
Violet, Hazel and Susan. Linda brought a gift for Trudy. It was
a colorful bracelet. “Thank you Linda for this wonderful gift. I
will wear it every day.”
Trudy’s mom gave a
box of hankies to Linda for looking after her daughter in the hospital.
Everyone praised Linda for the way she had looked after Trudy in
hospital. All the girls in Linda’s class put in some cash for a
party in the canteen. On Friday, during lunch break, all the girls
came together in the canteen. They all had cheese burgers and ice
cream. All the girls sang for Linda. She was feeling shy with so
much attention. Trudy seemed a different person. Her scowling face
had turned into a smiling one. Her three friends liked this new
Trudy more than before. Now in school, there were nine girls who
were always together. Thanks to Linda’s kindness, Trudy had changed
from a bully to a sweet polite girl.
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