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Beating Bullying

February 23, 2009



Watch these skits that students at Asher Holmes Elementary School wrote and performed to help stop bullying. The skits are inspired by student’s real-life experiences. Most of the skits teach tips for handling bullies. They also show how hurtful bullying can be.
  1. Book Smarts:
    Some not-so-cool kids try to get boys to do their book reports.
  2. Misunderstood:
    A girl gets bullied by some mean students.
  3. New at School:
    A new kid at school gets picked on for being a "book worm."
  4. Teasing Trouble:
    One boy gets teases because of his trouble with math.
  5. Bad Sports:
    Kids bully two boys over their football knowledge.

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    Freak the Mighty

    Freak the Mighty

    by Rodman Philbrick

    Learning disabled and physically overgrown Max has no friends until a tiny and brilliant boy moves into the house next door. The two misfits forge a friendship that gives them enough courage to face school, bullies, and even Max's jailed father. The inspiration for the feature film The Mighty, this moving and funny story will inspire any kid who's ever felt like an outsider.

    Special Afterwords edition includes:

    • About the Author
    • Q&A With the Author
    • Rodman Philbrick's Writing Tips
    • Excerpt From Max the Mighty
    Learning Highlights
    This memorable story imparts valuable lessons in the true meaning of friendship, tolerance, and believing in yourself.

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    Knights of the Lunch Table # 1

    Knights of the Lunch Table # 1

    by Frank Cammuso and Frank Cammuso

    New student Artie King is a nice, comics-loving kid who just wants to ease into life at Camelot Middle School without attracting too much attention. But by second period, Artie already has enemies. He tripped Camelot's mean principal by mistake. An older kid isn't happy about the lunch he stole from Artie. (Well, Artie tried to warn him that sandwich was made by his pesky sister . . . out of boogers and soap!) And Artie just can't seem to stay out of the way of big Mo and The Horde, the bunch of brawny bullies who rule the school.

    To top it off, Artie has been assigned a funky old locker that no one has ever been able to open. Artie can do it, though, and finds the locker mysteriously full of all kinds useful stuff. He's also made a few pals in the lunchroom, Percy and Wayne, and the science teacher, Mr. Merlyn, who seems weird but nice.

    When a humiliated Mo fails to open Artie's locker, he challenges him and his pals to a do-or-die dodgeball game. The Horde vs. The Knights of the Lunch Table. Losers get creamed.

    On game night, the Knights' gym clothes disappear. Artie handily finds new ones in the locker (okay, the tee-shirts are pink . . . ). But that doesn't help the Knights in the dodgeball ring, where The Horde is just picking them off. Another visit to the locker and Artie's back with a secret weapon: Percy's missing pet spider. Mo is afraid of spiders, big-time. The score is about to be evened!

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