Maryanne had just moved to this neighborhood about a week ago. She didn’t mind so much except that she
always had a problem making friends. In her short 7 yrs. of life, she had been in 3 schools. She got upset with
her Father for not working. All he did was drink up the money, causing them to have to move all the time. It was
hard for her to make friends, but she was a good child and tried her best to be friendly. This was the worse
school yet. The other girls looked down on her because she wasn’t dressed as well as they were. Then there
were these twins that would always chase her after school. If they caught her, they teased her mercilessly
because she was skinny and pushed her around.
Maryanne decided she would not put up with it any longer. She couldn’t go on living in fear of them. Her Mom
was no help. since she had to work until 4 in the afternoon. Besides, she did not want to bother her with this.
Her Mom worked hard. She felt bad for her.
The next day as Maryanne was walking, she heard the familiar footsteps behind her. She stopped and turned
around. “Come out, you cowards. Come on out.” “Well, well, look at this little skinny thing, said the first twin. Do
you think she will stay on the ground when the wind starts to blow?” The twin sister said, “I told you we need to
teach her a lesson.” She needs to know she cannot go home this way. This is our way.” With that she shoved
Maryanne hard. They stood there laughing and taunting her. But this day was different. Maryanne was
determined to stand her ground. She jumped up fast and shoved the tall girl so hard she knocked her
sister down and fell with her. “I do not have to have your permission to walk this way. You are mean and ugly.”
With that, Maryanne turned and went on to school. She felt good about herself since she knew she had stood
up for herself. When school was almost over the teacher said, “when the bell rings you may all leave, but I need
to talk to you, Maryanne. When the others had left, the teacher sat her down and ask her a question. “Did you
beat up the twins yesterday on the way home from school?” Maryanne was shocked and upset. How could
she believe them. The teacher looked at Maryanne and ask her if she knew how the twins had gotten all
bruised up . Even as Maryanne shook her head no, she new that the teacher had been told lies. How could she
think that? As Maryanne tried to explain, the teacher gave her a note to take to her Mother showing that she was
expelled from school for shoving the girls down. On the way home, she anticipated the anger she would
have to endure from her Mother. She might even get the switch. It would be worth it, she thought.
Maryanne closed the door to her room. She got out the phone book and found the number in there for the
twins. When one of the girls answered the phone, she heard a loud rough voice on the other end of the phone,
“I will be waiting on you tomorrow after school.” The twins learned a hard lesson that day. Sometimes
you can bully the wrong person and things just have a way of coming back on you.