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Truckee Elementary students use poetry to take stand against bullying

TRUCKEE, Calif. —Earlier this year, Mardiece Patrick, a fifth-grade teacher at Truckee Elementary School, gave her class an assignment: writing poems about bullying.

“They were given a persona — the bully, the bullied, or the bystander,” Patrick said. “They wrote their poems from that perspective.”

Below are all the students’ poems, broke into the three categories.

From the perspective of THE BULLY:

By Ryan R.

I am the bully.

I wonder why I do not have any friends.

I hear pain everywhere I go.

I want, more than anything, a friend.

I am the bully.

I pretend to be cool.

I feel sick to my stomach when I bully.

I touch things differently and rudely.

I worry when the tables turn, and I am the bullied.

I cry for those who have been injured.

I am the bully.

I understand that hitting is wrong, yet I cannot stop myself.

I say bad things that hurt even me.

I dream about peace between people.

I try to ignore the pain of bullying.

I hope that I can pull myself out of this.

I am the bully.

—–

By Diego

I am the bully.

I wonder if they care.

I hear a quivering voice.

I want them to feel like me.

I am the bully.

I pretend to be someone I’m not.

I feel angry, but more sad.

I touch people like I normally wouldn’t.

I worry I’ll be teased.

I cry inside, but not out.

I am the bully.

I understand that nobody likes bullies, nobody.

I say deep words I normally wouldn’t, in the past.

I dream that I could start over again.

I try to be something I’m not.

I hope people will think about me being someone else, not a dense bully.

I am the bully, though I don’t want to be any longer.

—–

By Max C.

I am the bully.

I wonder why I feel like I have to do this.

I hear encouragement.

I want to let my anger out.

I am the bully.

I pretend I like to bully.

I feel like I want to change, but I can’t.

I touch people in a negative way.

I worry that I might lose the attention.

I cry inside because of confusion.

I am the bully.

I understand I might be doing the wrong thing.

I say mean things I don’t want to say.

I dream of being better.

I try to fit in with the rest, but I’m an outcast.

I hope that one day I can change.

I was the bully.

—–

By Heather

I am the bully.

I wonder if I will ever stop.

I hear sobbing.

I want to hurt someone.

I am the bully.

I pretend that I haven’t been hurt myself.

I feel bad.

I touch people.

I worry that I hurt people all a lot.

I cry feeling bad for what I did.

I am the bully.

I understand that I hurt people.

I say, “You’re stupid and ugly.”

I dream that I could stop bullying people.

I try to say, “I’m sorry,” but people just run.

I hope that I can stop being a bully and be nice.

I am the bully, but not anymore.

—–

By Joanna

I am the bully!

I wonder if the people who are watching enjoy who is getting bullied.

I hear the people laughing at the bullied.

I want to punch the bullied.

I am the bully!

I pretend to be rich and cool.

I feel I am not doing the right thing.

I touch the bullied.

I worry that I might get bullied too.

I cry because I am not the right person the world wants.

I am the bully!

I understand people don’t want me!

I say, “Am I a bad person?”

I dream I was never a bully.

I try to control myself and not bully people.

I hope I end this soon.

I am the bully, but not anymore!

—–

By Rylee R.

I am the bully.

I wonder if it really hurts the target’s feelings.

I hear the victim crying like a baby.

I want to hurt the kid.

I am the bully.

I pretend that I never did anything.

I feel that I may get in trouble.

I touch the arm of the boy and pinch him.

I worry that there will be a rumor.

I cry because the school starts teaming up on me.

I am the bully.

I understand why the school teams up on bullies.

I say sorry after what I’ve done.

I dream that I will never do that again.

I try hard to keep my anger in.

I hope that the kid will forgive me.

I am the bully, but not anymore.

—–

By Sonny

I am the bully.

I wonder if it will ever stop.

I hear moaning.

I want to stop, but I can’t.

I am the bully.

I pretend that I haven’t been hurt.

I feel that you were the target to get bullied.

I worry that people will start bullying me.

I touch people in a mean way.

I cry a lot when people say stop.

I am the bully.

I understand that I’m hurting you.

I say that you’re dumb.

I dream that I will stop bullying.

I try to stop.

I hope to not bully ever again.

I am the bully, but not anymore.

—–

By Joshua F.

I am the bully.

I wonder how good it is to bully.

I hear victory.

I want to break down emotions.

I am the bully.

I pretend I’m the stronger one.

I feel anger.

I touch feelings.

I worry people will team up.

I cry inside.

I am the bully.

I understand that I’m mean.

I say I’m sorry.

I dream to not be the bully.

I try to stop bullying people.

I hope to stop.

I was once the bully.

—–

By Elian

I am the bully.

I wonder if people like me.

I hear people gasp when I pick on someone.

I want people to feel how I feel.

I am the bully.

I pretend that I don’t cry.

I feel like I can boss everyone around.

I touch my friends to make us leave.

I worry that people will pick on me.

I cry by myself in my room.

I am the bully.

I understand that I make people cry.

I say bad things about people behind their backs.

I dreamed that I can turn good and not be a bully.

I try to be nice to the victims.

I hope that I can stay nice.

I am the bully, but not anymore.

—–

By Gabe

I am the bully.

I wonder why he’s better.

I hear laughing.

I want to beat him up.

I am the bully.

I pretend to be mean.

I feel mean.

I touch him in an aggressive way.

I worry if I changed.

I am the bully.

I understand that I did something wrong.

I say nothing.

I dream of not doing it again.

I try to stop myself.

I hope to stop myself and help him.

I am the old bully, but I have changed.

—–

By Lizzie

I am the bully.

I wonder what it is like to be alone.

I hear laughing all around me.

I want to be cool.

I am the bully.

I pretend to be cool.

I feel like I am misunderstood.

I touch the person who is lonely.

I worry everybody will turn on me.

I cry when I am alone.

I am the bully.

I understand I am disrespectful.

I say I am sorry.

I dream they will forgive me.

I try to make things right.

I hope I am forgiven.

I am the bully, but not anymore.

—–

From the perspective of THE BULLIED:

By Lucas L.

I am the bullied.

I wonder if they care.

I hear the laughter of the popular kids.

I want to push the bully so everyone laughs at him.

I am the bullied.

I pretend not to be embarrassed.

I feel empty.

I touch the thick book in my hand, ready for anything.

I worry I will never gain any friends.

I cry in my head with anger.

I am the bullied.

I understand I shouldn’t be physical.

I say, “What did I do?”

I dream of telling my mom, but don’t.

I try to get out of his grip.

I have hope they stop.

I am the bullied.

—–

By Sophia P.

I am the bullied.

I wonder “Will this go on forever?”

I hear silence.

I want this to stop.

I am the bullied.

I pretend everything is fine.

I feel small.

I touch my tears.

I worry that I really am stupid.

I cry every day.

I am the bullied.

I understand nobody will stand up for me.

I say, “I do not care anymore.”

I dream of being popular.

I try to ignore the bully.

I hope it will stop.

I am the bullied.

—–

By Stella

I am the bullied

I wonder if they will stop and leave kids alone

I hear everyone laughing at me and the bully screaming in my face.

I want the bully to think and see how it hurts.

I am the bullied.

I pretend that everyone would all be peaceful.

I feel like my whole world is falling apart and so much pain.

I touch The things that the bully has crushed me against.

I worry he will keep hurting other kids.

I cry after they physically insult me.

I am the bullied.

I understand what the bully has been through.

I say “please stop and think. Would you want to be bullied? “

I dream that everyone could just get along.

I try to stop the bully, but it makes it even worse.

I hope the other kids will stand up.

I am the bullied.

—–

By Madison W.

I am the bullied.

I wonder, Will I be rescued by a friend?

I hear laughter through the crowd.

I want to stand up for myself.

I am the bullied.

I pretend to ignore them.

I feel emotional.

I touch my fist.

I worry if I will be okay.

I cry silently in my head.

I am the bullied.

I understand why I am alone.

I say nothing, I’m trapped in fear.

I dream of myself standing up for myself.

I try to let my strength out.

I hope that anyone sees me.

I am the bullied.

—–

By Savannah

I am the bullied.

I wonder if they’re going to stop bullying me.

I hear laughing.

I want them to stop bullying me.

I am the bullied.

I pretend to not be scared.

I feel sad when they make fun of me.

I touch the floor when I’m pushed.

I worry that the bullies will embarrass me.

I cry when they hit me.

I am the bullied.

I understand that the people who bully me think it’s funny.

I say nothing.

I dreamed that I will not be bullied.

I try to ignore them.

I hope they will leave me alone.

I am the bullied.

—–

By Tanner J.

I am the bullied.

I wonder if I will get bullied again.

I hear people bullying me.

I want to not get bullied.

I am the bullied.

I pretend that there are no bullies.

I feel pain.

I touch the ground when I get pushed.

I worry that bullying will never stop.

I cry when I get pushed to the ground.

I am the bullied.

I understand that no one is helping.

I say, “Stop.”

I dream that people won’t get bullied.

I try to not get bullied.

I hope that there is no bullying.

I am the bullied.

—–

By Caige

I am the bullied.

I wonder if it will ever stop.

I hear and see a brighter better future.

I want to have a happier life.

I am the bullied.

I pretend it’s not happening.

I feel if they understood, they would stop.

I get killed when I touch him.

I worry if it will ever stop.

I am the bullied.

I don’t understand why he does this.

I say stop, but it never stops.

I dream that it’s better.

I try to understand.

I hope it will stop.

I am the bullied.

—–

By Nynke P.

I am the bullied.

I wonder if anyone will help me.

I hear myself getting scared and walking away.

I want to stand up to the bully, but I can’t.

I am the bullied.

I pretend to stand up to the bully.

I feel pain flowing through my body.

I touch the floor after I get pushed.

I worry that they’ll keep on bullying.

I cry when I get bullied.

I am the bullied.

I understand no one will help.

I say nothing.

I dream the bully will stop.

I try to make bullies stop, but nothing works.

I hope the bullies stop.

I am the bullied.

—–

From the perspective of THE BYSTANDER:

By Sinjin

I am the bystander.

I wonder what I should do.

I hear my voice quickly fading away.

I want to help, but I’m afraid of them.

I am the bystander.

I pretend that I’m helping.

I feel bad with my decision.

I touch the bullied on the shoulder.

I worry that I won’t do anything about it.

I cry for the bullied.

I am the bystander.

I understand why he is getting bullied.

I say nothing.

I dream dark clouds.

I try to help, but I can’t.

I hope the bullied will be better soon.

I am the bystander.

—–

By Ryan F.

I am the bystander.

I wonder if I should stand up for her.

I hear all the kids laughing at her.

I want to stand up for her, but I don’t.

I am the bystander.

I pretend I am helping her.

I feel I will never stand up to a bully.

I touch my heart and wonder what’s left.

I worry that the bully will bully me.

I cry because I can’t stand up for her.

I am the bystander.

I understand that I should stand up for her.

I say, “Please stop bullying, that’s not nice.”

I dream that I will stand up for the bullied.

I try to stand up for kids getting bullied.

I hope the bully doesn’t bully me.

I am the bystander who sticks up for the bullied.

—–

By Clara

I am the bystander.

I wonder if the kid is okay.

I hear a cry for help.

I want to help.

I am the bystander.

I pretend I am the hero.

I feel sick inside.

I touch the bully.

I worry I am going to be the next target.

I cry STOP!

I am the bystander.

I understand that I can help.

I say, “Stop!” again, but it doesn’t help.

I dream of a land without bullies.

I try to concentrate in class.

I hope everything will stop.

I am the bystander, but I can help.

—–

By Tyler D.

I am the bystander.

I wonder if I should step in.

I hear the meanness coming from the bully.

I want the bully to stop, yet I say nothing.

I am the bystander.

I pretend that they don’t exist, but

I feel all sad inside.

I touch my inner heart.

I worried that something might happen to me.

I cry and walk away.

I am the bystander.

I understand that bullying is wrong.

I dream that some day bullying will stop forever.

I try to make a rebellion to stop bullying.

I hope that people will help stop bullying.

I am a world changer.

—–

By Annie L.

I am the bystander.

I wonder what I should do.

I hear myself walking away.

I want to help.

I am the bystander.

I pretend that I don’t even see them.

I feel like the bully.

I touch my heart and wonder what’s in it.

I worry my popularity will get the best of me.

I cry because I can’t stand up for her.

I am the bystander.

I understand that I am not helping, and I should.

I say, “Stop, that’s not nice.”

I dream about helping her.

I try to think about how she feels.

I hope the bully doesn’t hurt me.

I am the bystander, but not anymore.

—–

By Samantha S.

I am the bystander.

I wonder why the boy won’t tell them to stop.

I hear laughter.

I want to help.

I am the bystander.

I pretend I’m a hero.

I feel like I should help.

I touch his hand and help him up.

I cry for the bully to stop.

I am the bystander.

I understand I took a risk.

I say, “Are you okay?”

I dream that there are no bullies.

I try to turn the bully into a good person.

I hope he will never bully or be bullied again.

I am the bystander.

—–

By Lily F.

I am the bystander.

I wonder if she’ll ever stop?

I hear flames and sparks between them.

I want her to stop.

I am the bystander.

I pretend to be a hero.

I feel horrible that I’m not doing anything.

I touch the arm of the bullied person, and I let go.

I worry I can’t do anything.

I cry because she does.

I am the bystander.

I understand I have to do something.

I say stop to the bully.

I dream I can do that every day.

I try to stop the bully.

I hope the bully won’t hurt me.

I am the bystander, but not anymore.

—–

By Jasmine H.

I am the bystander.

I wonder if she’ll ever stop.

I hear flames and sparks between them.

I want her to stop.

I am the bystander.

I pretend that I can’t see it happening.

I feel horrible that I am not doing anything.

I touch the boy saying, “Stop”.

I worry that she’ll bully me.

I cry because she does.

I am the bystander … getting bullied.

—–

By Jessica

I am the bystander.

I wonder if people will ever stop bullying.

I hear people not saying nice things.

I want people to stand up to people who are being bullied.

I am the bystander.

I pretend not to cry.

I feel like people won’t stop bullying.

I touch the person who is alone.

I worry that some people will never change.

I cry when someone’s not doing something nice.

I am the bystander.

I understand that some people will never stop bullying.

I say, “Stop doing that.”

I dream people being mean and rude.

I try to help those who can’t help themselves.

I hope people will stop bullying.

I am the bystander.


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