The Tree Hugger

| March 25, 2016

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THE TREE HUGGER

THE TREE HUGGER

A STORY ABOUT BULLYING AT SCHOOL

When a new girl, Shalmalah, comes to school her life is made miserable by bullies. Debbie knows if she helps her then she’ll be bullied too. What will she do when she’s forced to take a side?

Everyone in the school is scared of gruesome twosome, Susan and Leonie. These horrible bullies decide who’s ‘in’ or ‘out.’ If you are ‘in’ you have friends, are cool, popular, and don’t get picked on by the other girls. But if you are ‘out,’ you have no friends, are not cool or popular and sadly, you get attacked by these vicious bullies every chance they get.

Debbie is just as scared of Susan and Leonie as everyone else but Debbie is lucky because she is ‘in.’ Nobody bullies Debbie and that’s the way she wants it to stay.

THE FREE SPIRIT

New girl, Shalmalah, is definitely ‘out.’ She doesn’t do her hair in a cool style and she definitely doesn’t wear cool clothes. Shalmalah is different. She wears whatever she wants to wear. The other girls think she’s a hippy and that’s not cool to them. But, Shalmalah is a brave girl with a free spirit. She doesn’t care what the bullies think.

Susan and Leonie want to make her care and they do their best to make her life hell.

WHAT’S WORSE – BEING A BULLY? OR WATCHING SOMEONE ELSE BEING BULLIED AND DOING NOTHING TO HELP?

Debbie hates the way Shalmalah is being treated but at the same time she thinks that if Shalmalah tried harder to be the same as everyone else then Susan and Leonie would leave her alone. Debbie doesn’t understand that Shalmalah doesn’t want to be like everybody else. Shalmalah wants to be accepted for who she is.

Debbie doesn’t think there is anything she can do to help Shalmalah. She knows that as far as Susan and Leonie are concerned you’re either with them or against them. To go against them would cause big problems for Debbie.

But avoiding the problem doesn’t make it go away and when Debbie’s mother becomes friends with Shalmalah’s mother, Debbie has to make a very difficult choice – what will she do?

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