Breaking the Silence of Bullying

Breaking the Silence of Bullying

by Beverly Boone Ph. D.

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ISBN-13: 9781491829776
Publisher: AuthorHouse
Publication date: 12/03/2013
Pages: 66
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.16(d)

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Breaking the Silence of BULLYING


By Beverly Boone

AuthorHouse

Copyright © 2013 Beverly Boone, Ph.D.
All rights reserved.
ISBN: 978-1-4918-2977-6


CHAPTER 1

ACT I


SCENE 1

SETTING:

EARLY MORNING: NEIGHBORHOOD BUS STOP LOCATED IN THE PARKING LOT OF AN APARTMENT COMPLEX.

AT RISE:

SEVERAL STUDENTS ARE AWAITING THE ARRIVAL OF THEIR SCHOOL BUS. WALLACE IS BUSY TEXTING ON HIS PHONE. WHEN HE STOPS, HE BEGINS PUSHING AND SHOVING A YOUNGER STUDENT, WHILE TWO OTHER STUDENTS APPEAR CONFUSED AND FRIGHTENED.

WALLACE

Hey, Richard, I see you are wearing your wannabe sneakers from Wal Mart. Dang, Richard, why don't you tell your mama to get a job and then you could wear Nikes like the big boys. Ha Ha Ha.

VERNON

Yeah, Richard. Where did you get that jacket? Goodwill or Salvation Army? Ha Ha Ha.

RICHARD

(Ignoring the taunts from the boys and trying to walk away.)

Leave me alone. What's it to you?

(Wallace and Vernon follow Richard and continue taunting him. Cheryl has heard the taunting and intervenes.)

CHERYL

Wallace! You and Vernon are being so mean! Richard is a 6th grader. Leave him alone! Come on, Richard, stand here by me.

(As Richard moves closer to Cheryl, Wallace picks up a rock and throws it at Cheryl, hitting her on her forehead. Blood begins to gush from her wound.

WALLACE

I bet that will shut you up and teach you to mind your own business, Miss Goody Two Shoes!

VERNON

(Laughs and gives Wallace a that-a-boy slap on the back, and points at Cheryl.)

You got her right smack in the middle of her big forehead. Ha Ha Ha. You better run home, little girl, and cry to your mama ... Oh, that's right, your mama's dead! Too bad.

(Cheryl is now holding her forehead. The blood has now soiled her jacket and blouse. She begins to cry as she turns to walk back home.

RICHARD

I'm going to tell what you did! Just wait and see.

(Richard tries to comfort Cheryl.)

WALLACE

Oh, yeah? You see what your little girlfriend got, didn't you? Open your mouth and you'll get a knuckle sandwich.

(Wallace then slaps Richard twice on his face.)

That's just a taste of what I'll do to you, little boy. You need to stay out of grown-folks business. Ha Ha Ha.

(The school bus pulls up and Richard, Wallace, and Vernon board. Richard is holding his face and fighting back tears as he steps on the bus. Wallace and Vernon are laughing and giving each other high fives.)

END OF SCENE 1


SCENE 2

SETTING:

SAME MORNING.

Cheryl's home.

AT RISE:

Mr. Winfield is almost out the door when Cheryl enters clearly injured. He immediately begins to clean her up and questions her about the injury.

MR. WINFIELD

Cheryl, what in the world has happened to you, Baby Girl?

(He bends down to examine his daughter's injury.)

Come on. Let's get you cleaned up. Looks like it's more blood than injury.

CHERYL

Hi Daddy ... I ... I had an accident at the bus stop. I was running around with some of the kids. I guess I fell on some rocks.

MR. WINFIELD

Again? That bus stop is a natural disaster area! You kids are always playing around and getting hurt. Now, I'll be late getting to work because I have to drop you off on my way to the office.

CHERYL

If only Mama were here. I miss her so much.

(Begins to cry.)

MR. WINFIELD

Please don't cry. I miss Mom too. But she's in heaven now and always watching over us.

MR. WINFIELD

(Kisses her on the cheek and speaks gently to his daughter.)

Come on. Go change your clothes. I'll sit right here in my favorite chair and wait for you, Baby Girl.

CHERYL

But, Daddy, you'll be late for work, and ...

(Hugs his daughter.)

MR. WINFIELD

Don't worry. It will be fine. Just hurry.

(Cheryl exits the room. Mr. Winfield sits on the sofa. Picks up a picture of his late wife, holds it to his chest and begins to sob.

MR. WINFIELD

Mary ... Mary ... Mary ... I wish you were here too. You would know exactly what to do. We both miss you so. I love you, Darling.

END OF SCENE 2

CHAPTER 2

ACT II


SCENE 1

SETTING:

LATER THE SAME MORNING.

SCHOOL CAFETERIA

AT RISE:

CHERYL IS SITTING ALONE AT THE TABLE. SHE IS SUDDENLY HIT IN THE FACE WITH A ROLL BY WALLACE. ALL OF THE CHILDREN BEGIN TO LAUGH.

CHERYL

Wallace Shaw! That's not funny! You're nothing but a bully, and I'm sick of you!

(Cheryl picks up a roll from her plate and throws it at Wallace. However, it misses and hits Mrs. Cunningham on her chin. The students immediately begin chanting, "Ooh, you're in trouble now," as Mrs. Cunningham approaches Cheryl.)

MRS. CUNNINGHAM

Cheryl Williams. I saw you throw that roll. Please move to the detention table immediately!

CHERYL

But Mrs. Cunningham, Wallace threw the roll at me first. He started it. He's always doing mean things.

MRS. CUNNINGHAM

Well, young lady, two wrongs don't make a right. You should have told me that Wallace was throwing bread rather than doing the same thing yourself. Let's go.

CHERYL

But it's not fair ... Please, Mrs. Cunningham. You don't understand. It's not fair. Please listen.

(Several students begin snickering, including Wallace. Mrs. Cunningham points to the detention table and ignores Cheryl's pleas. Cheryl moves to the detention table to eat lunch alone, as she fights back tears.)

END OF SCENE 1


SCENE 2

SETTING:

AFTERNOON. SAME DAY

SCIENCE CLASS.

AT RISE:

Cheryl, Richard, and Vernon are in their science class. Some students are practicing doing the "Wobble" to music and generally having some fun while waiting on their teacher, Mrs. Pearson, to come into the room.)

(Wallace is leading the dancing and making fun of any students who can't do the dance.)

WALLACE

Now, this is way you do the "Wobble." Watch and learn little people!

(Wallace is a very good dancer and insists on having the spotlight. The other students cheer him on. Suddenly, Mrs. Pearson enters the room and puts an end to the foolishness.)

MRS. PEARSON

Wallace! Vernon! Turn that music off and get in your seats immediately! You know better than that!

(Students scramble to get in their seats.)

MRS. PEARSON

That's better. Your names are on the tables where I have grouped you for today's science project. Let's move quietly and quickly to your tables.

(Realizing that she is in the group with Wallace and Vernon, Cheryl reluctantly takes her seat with the boys. Immediately after she sits down, Cheryl finds herself, once again, the target of their hurtful words.)

VERNON

Hey, Rock Head, looks like Wallace gave you quite a goose egg! Ha Ha Ha. That's what you get for sticking your nose where it don't belong. Ain't that right Wallace?

WALLACE

Yeah, little girl. You and your gay little boyfriend need to learn a little respect for your elders. Ha Ha Ha. By the way, how did you like the text message I sent you this morning?

CHERYL

You've been mean to me ever since I told you that I didn't want to be your girlfriend last year. Just leave me alone!

WALLACE

You're a liar! You just think you are so cute, don't you, little Miss Perfect. Well, you're the ugliest girl in school. Ha Ha Ha.

VERNON

Ha Ha Ha. Go ahead and cry. You know you want to, Cry Baby.

CHERYL

I am so sick of you both! I'm not going to sit here and take it any more! You both can just go straight to the devil where you belong!

(Cheryl is raising her voice. Suddenly, everyone is looking at Cheryl. Embarrassed and emotional, Cheryl jumps up and runs out of the classroom crying.)

MRS. PEARSON

Cheryl Winfield, come back here immediately!

(Cheryl exits the scene.)

END OF SCENE 2

CHAPTER 3

ACT III


SCENE 1

SETTING:

LATER THE SAME AFTERNOON AFTER SCHOOL.

WALLACE'S HOME

AT RISE:

WALLACE COMES HOME FROM SCHOOL. HIS FATHER IS HOME DRINKING WITH HIS GIRLFRIEND, FRANCES, AND ANOTHER COUPLE, JIM AND ESTELLE. ALL APPEAR TIRED AND AGITATED.

WALLACE

I'm hungry. Anything to eat in this house?

WALLACE

(Wallace's Dad and Frances do not acknowledge Wallace's presence. Wallace opens the refrigerator door and looks in the pantry for anything edible. Finally, he makes himself a peanut butter and jelly sandwich.)

As usual, the answer is no. Why can't you guys get jobs and stop drinking for once?

MR. SHAW

Shut your mouth before I get up and shut it for you! You're just like your no-good, unappreciative mother ... running your mouth and saying nothing!

FRANCES

Oh, stop yelling at the boy. He ain't so bad. Hey, Wallace, did you have a good day at school?

(Frances mumbles and slurs her words and focuses her attention on another drink rather than on Wallace.)

WALLACE

Yeah ... sure. I'm a real scholar. Like you care.

MR. SHAW

You need to respect grown folks! I'm not in the mood to take any lip from you!

WALLACE

You're always in a bad mood, Dad, because you're always drunk! Why do we have to live like this?

(Suddenly, Mr. Shaw gets up from the table and begins to unbuckle his belt.)

MR. SHAW

Don't you back talk me, boy. I brought you in this world, I'll take you out!

(Mr. Shaw grabs Wallace and begins hitting him with his belt. Suddenly, Wallace pulls angrily away from his father. The two wrestle as Mr. Shaw attempts to get control of his son. Furniture is broken and the two are yelling and screaming at each other.)

WALLACE

Dad, stop it! I ain't gonna let you beat me no more! Get off me! Get off me! I hate you! I'm leaving this house and never coming back!

(Wallace is crying and shouting uncontrollably. He runs out the door into a thunderstorm.)

FRANCES

Wallace! Wallace! Come back here! Frank, go after him! It's raining cats and dogs out there!

MR. SHAW

So what? That little snot made his bed; let him lie in it! I don't know why his good-for-nothing mother left him behind. I say good riddance!

FRANCES

(Frances gets up and looks out the window, shaking her head.)

FRANCES

Frank ... It's pouring down out there. He's just a kid. Go get him.

(Frances sits down at the table and pours another drink.)

MR. SHAW

Mind your own business or you'll find yourself treading water in the storm too!

FRANCES

You wait just a dog-gone minute, Mister! I ain't Lizzie, Frank! Remember that! I was her friend, and I saw first hand how you treated that poor woman like she was something stuck under your shoe. Ump ... no wonder she left with the first man that came along.

(Frances turns up the radio and begins to dance.)

Hey, that's my song!

MR. SHAW

Frances, no one wants to see you dance. Besides, you're holding up the card game!

FRANCES

Come dance with me, Frank!

(Mr. Shaw is growing more impatient by the minute. Jim and Estelle also begin urging Frances to stop dancing and to play cards.)

MR. SHAW

Frances, sit down before I make you!

FRANCES

Oh, really! Well, here I am. Come on, Mr. Big Guy! Make Frances stop dancing.

(Mr. Shaw gets up from the table and begins pushing and pulling on Frances, who fights back by hitting him over the head with a flower vase. Jim and Estelle flee quickly. Suddenly, there is a knock at the door.

POLICEMAN

Open this door immediately! This is the police!

(Silence. Frank slowly opens the door and comes face-to-face with a uniformed policeman.)

MR. SHAW

What do you want? We're just having a nice card game; not hurting anyone.

POLICEMAN

Are you Frank Shaw?

MR. SHAW

Why, of course I am. What of it?

POLICEMAN

I am Officer McKuen. Mr. Shaw, where is your son, Wallace?

FRANK

Uh ... well ... he's spending the night with a friend.

FRANCES

Frank, stop your lying! Officer, Wallace ran off in the storm after he and Frank got into it. I tried to get Frank to go after his boy, but he went after me instead. Look at these bruises on my arm!

(Shows the Officer her arm.)

FRANK

She's the abuser! She just broke that there flower vase on my head. I'm pressing charges!

POLICEMAN

Both of you need to come with me down to the station, so that we can figure out what's going on and find your son, Wallace.

FRANK

Police station! That's not necessary. I'm not hurt that bad. The boy is just showing off. I'm sure he will be home soon.

POLICEMAN

I need your cooperation, Sir. Your neighbors are very concerned about what's been going on here and called 911. Let's go.

(All exit)

END OF SCENE 1


SCENE 2

SETTING:

NEXT MORNING. CHERYL'S HOME.

AT RISE:

CHERYL AND HER FATHER ARE ALMOST OUT THE DOOR WHEN CHERYL SUDDENLY BREAKS DOWN AND BEGINS CRYING.

MR. WINFIELD

Cheryl, Baby Girl, what on earth is the matter?

CHERYL

Oh, Daddy, please don't make me go to school today! Can't you take the day off and spend it with me? I just can't go to school today! I can't take it anymore!

MR. WINFIELD

You know I can't take off from work. I used all my sick days with mom's illness. I don't understand. What's wrong, Baby Girl?

CHERYL

It's Wallace Shaw and Vernon Cagle - they are so mean to this little boy, Richard, at the bus stop. I tried to get them to stop. Now, Wallace picks on me every day! It was Wallace who hit me with a rock yesterday!

MR. WINFIELD

Wallace Shaw! The two of you were good friends when they lived in our neighborhood. I always thought he was a good boy.

CHERYL

Well, he's a good-for-nothing boy now and as mean as a snake! Dad, he's not even supposed to catch the bus at my stop but his dad drops him off there every morning. I just want him to leave me alone!

(Cheryl begins to sob again.)

MR. WINFIELD

It's going to stop today, Baby Girl. I'm going to the school this morning to speak with the principal.

CHERYL

No, Daddy. Wallace sends me threatening text messages. Look! He sent this one last week.

(She pulls out her cell phone and shows her father a number of threatening text messages from Wallace.)

MR. WINFIELD

This is criminal! I'm going to pay Wallace's father a visit after I leave the school today.

CHERYL

Daddy, please, no! If Wallace finds out I've told, it will only make things worse.

MR. WINFIELD

Cheryl, breaking the silence of bullying is what is needed if things are going to change. Let's go. I'll carry your book bag to the car for you.

(Suddenly, Mr. Winfield is shocked when a large kitchen knife falls from the book bag.)

MR. WINFIELD

Cheryl, what are you doing carrying a knife to school? Do you want to be expelled! My God, Cheryl, what were you thinking?

CHERYL

I have the knife for protection. I don't want to hurt anybody. I ... I ... just want it to stop, Daddy!

(Cheryl begins sobbing again.)

MR. WINFIELD

Cheryl, this is not the way to stop bullying.

CHERYL

Daddy, please don't make me go! Please, please. It's going to get worse if you show up at school and tell the principal.

MR. WINFIELD

Cheryl, trust me. I'm your dad, and I love you. It's going to be fine. Let's go, Baby Girl.

(Mr. Winfield takes a long look at the knife, shakes his head, and puts the knife in the kitchen drawer. Both walk out the door.)

END OF SCENE 2


SCENE 3

SETTING:

LATER THE SAME MORNING AT CHERYL'S SCHOOL.

AT RISE:

CHERYL AND HER FATHER ARRIVE AT THE MAIN OFFICE WAITING TO SEE THE PRINCIPAL, MRS. DRIVER.

MRS. DRIVER

Mr. Winfield, Cheryl, please come in and tell me how I can help you.

MR. WINFIELD

I'll get right to the point, Mrs. Driver. Cheryl is being bullied by two of your students. I just found out this morning, but it's been going on for some time.

MRS. DRIVER

I'm so sorry to hear this. Cheryl, please tell me who these students are and what they've been doing to you.

CHERYL

I really don't want to say their names.

MR. WINFIELD

Cheryl is afraid that nothing will be done and that the bullying will get worse. She is so afraid until she tried to sneak a knife into the school this morning to make her feel safe!

MRS. DRIVER

Oh, no! Cheryl, I can promise you that something will be done. Please don't be afraid. Tell me the names of the bullies.

CHERYL

It's Wallace Shaw mostly. We used to be great friends and he was a really nice boy. But for the past year, he's become just down-right mean! Vernon Cagle doesn't bother me unless Wallace is around. Wallace also picks on this little 6th grader, Richard, at the bus stop. Yesterday, when I tried to stick up for Richard, Wallace hit me on the head with a rock. Look!

(Cheryl shows Mrs. Driver her wound.)

MR. WINFIELD

Show Mrs. Driver the text messages from Wallace, Cheryl.


(Continues...)

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