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CELEBRATING CREATIVE EXPRESSION AT BAYLOR SINCE 1966

Periaktoi Writing Post

Volume 49
Issue 1

Single Visual Art Post

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The Bullies on the Playground
Clay Thames
 
The Bullies on the Playground

I believe in doing what is right even when it is not convenient for you. When I was in kindergarten, witnessed my best friend being bullied on the playground almost every day. He was a sweet little kid who was smaller than most of the other kids in my grade and by far the smallest and weakest boy. The other guys in my class would tease him and bully him, but no one seemed to notice but me. My friend would cry to himself during class and wouldn't talk to many people other than me. He told me he was scared, and I thought that no one should have to go to school and be fearful. I decided that if anyone was going to do something it had to be me. I knew that it would be difficult to stand up to the boys in my class and tell them to stop bullying my friend, but sometimes doing the right thing isn't easy. My mother and father always taught me to do the right thing. People might not like you for always doing what is right, but people will respect you for following your heart and doing what you believe. I knew that my friend needed me, so I made a decision that the next time some of the guys in my class decided to pick on him, I would tell them to stop. It never occurred to me that this would be the first time I would ever do the right thing in the real world. This moment in my life would define me as a person. During that moment I did not realize what I was doing, but now I see that doing the right thing was more important to me than pleasing my friends. At recess, the group of guys crowded around my friend and began teasing him. He shrank down as he took the verbal abuse. It was now or never. I walked over to the group and told them that enough was enough. I said that they needed to stop bullying my friend because it wasn't right. I also threatened to go tell the teachers because that's what kindergarteners do. The boys looked at me like I was crazy, but they stopped what they were doing and walked away. That was the last time my friend was bullied that entire year. This day in my life would shape my beliefs for the better. I have become a better man because of this experience, and I don't think I would be the same person if this hadn't happened to me. This event has stuck with me because there was a problem that went against my beliefs, and I stood up for what I believed and what I knew was right. My core beliefs and values were shaped on this day; my friend needed help, so I did something to protect him. I did this not only because the boy being bullied was my best friend, but because it was the right thing to do. I believe in doing the right thing no matter how difficult it is. I believe in stepping on a few people's toes to do what you believe in. Follow your heart, do what you think is right, and you can never go wrong.