By: Thomas Fischer
Every year, the 6th grade classes reads, in literature circles, the book “The Misfits.” The book deals with the topic of bullying. The book really spreads awareness of how bad the topic can be and encourages us that we she help to stop this terrible act. The main characters consist of Bobby, a boy made fun of due to his weight, Skeezie, a boy who is made fun of due to his hygiene and the clothes he wears. Joe, a boy who is bullied because of his feminine personality, and how he expresses himself; and finally Addie, a girl who is bullied because of her ways of thinking, and her being a ‘know it all.’ All of these kids are called names throughout their lives in being young middle school students, and I would recommend this book to ages ten and up. It goes into some deep conversations of how cruel people can be to children in, and outside of school.
Bobby works for a middle aged man named “ Mister Kellerman. “ He had previously lost his wife and is labeled as an old cranky man. Yet, when Bobby gets to know him, he finds out that the man wakes up every morning knowing that someone is waiting to call him names and leave him out. He had a past of bullying, too, and takes his anger out on the kids, like any other bully does, to make themselves feel better about themselves. They all meet up every week at the Kandy Kitchen, and write each other at their own forum, even though are each sitting directly next to eachother. They discuss things such as “The service around here stinks,” and “We need to discuss things for our party.”
The No Name party. At a school election, The two known parties ( Democrat and Republican, ) they think are irelavent for kids their age, and if people are torn between the two, and are experiencing bullying, they have another party to fall back on. This party is rooting for “NO BULLYING” and are successful at putting a stop to it, even though they do not win the election. The writer of this story also had troubles with bullies with the similar issue as Joe. If there are events of bullying in your classroom or outside of school that you witness, TELL SOMEONE! Especially if YOU are being bullied. Don’t let the bully win! TELL someone! Put an end to this issue, and speak up!