Unfiltered Story #32835

Unfiltered | September 13, 2017

(I live with a very poor, but caring family. MY dad has recently been sent to the hospital after spraining his foot and my mom is still being affected by the aftereffects of her stroke and is usually bedridden. We are so tight on money that we have too skip dinner sometimes. There is a boy that is not very well liked by anyone at our school, and for some reason, he just seems to hate me. I’m hanging out with my friends at lunch.)

Bully: Hey, [My Name], you have food?

(Due to our family’s status as low-income, I receive free school lunches. I should also mention that the bully is extremely spoiled but lives with one of the wealthier citizens of our city.)

Me: Yeah, but this is the only food I have for the day, so, I can’t really share.

Bully: *sulks away* [REALLY offensive things, like, borderline wrong]

(I think nothing of it, since he usually acts this way, until the office calls me up. I’m confused and go up to see the vice principal and the bully, sitting at the chair with a smug grin.)

VP: Now, [My Name], do you know why you’re here?

Me: Uh, no.

Bully: Yeah you do.

VP: *gestures at the bully to calm down* Well, your friend here was telling me about how you were bullying and physically harassing him.

(At this point, I know this was because of the fact that the bully was mad at me because I didn’t give him half of my burrito, even though he probably had $200 in cash in his wallet right now.)

Me: What did I do?

VP: *raises eyebrow* Well, you see, [Bully] here told me that you threw a penny into his eye. I know this might sound really petty, but that is still considered assault and can result in punishment by the law.

(I’m pretty scared at this point. I’m 14, stressed out, and don’t want anything to do with this. We talk some more, and the VP sends me outside to talk with the bully, then sends him outside so he can talk to me. I sit down)

VP: Now, I know [Bully] is very honest, so I want you to confirm anything that you feel is true. He says he asked you for some food, and you said “F*** you, go find your own s***,” then threw a penny into his eye. Is that true?

Me: What? No! I got my lunch, sat with my friend, and started eating until he said that he wanted food. I told him I couldn’t afford any food for the day and he just left.

VP: Wait, didn’t your dad just get sent to the hospital?

Me: Yeah, and the stroke is still hitting my mom pretty hard.

VP: Is it true that you sometimes skip dinner just so you can save enough money for your parents?

Me: Yeah…

VP: How often does this happen a week?

Me: Where he asks me for money or food, or if I skip—

VP: Both.

Me: He asks me just about every single day, and I’d say, more 3, 4?

VP: Alright, call in [Bully].

Bully: So, did you decide on the punishment for her yet?

VP: Yes. Her punishment is to receive more school lunches as well as a guaranteed restraining order on you.

Bully: Wait what?

VP: Is it true you ask her for food everyday?

Bully: I guess?

VP: You guess? Did it ever occur to you that the only reason she doesn’t give you food is because she can’t?

Bully: What do you mean?

VP: BOTH of her parents are currently in the hospital. She doesn’t get to eat dinner half the week. Her school lunch is her only source of food and you are asking me to tell her off for not giving any to you?

Bully: What does have to do with her throwing s*** at me?

VP: She is literally SO poor, she can’t even afford GIVING out money.

Bully: Yeah, but she still threw—

VP: No, she didn’t. We have cameras, and she did nothing of the sort. What we DID catch was you insulting her in ways that would’ve gotten you expelled from [School designed for physically abusive students].

Bully: *sulking*

VP: Yeah, this is YOUR punishment. You will be staying a MINIMUM of 40 yards away from her. You won’t talk to her, nor will you look at her. You will also buy her lunch if you two are in the same line. You will also be receiving 2 weeks worth of lunch detention for lying to me, lying about a situation, lying to get another student in trouble, attempted theft, and harassment. Get out of my office.

Bully: *stomps off*

VP: Listen [My Name] I wanted to do that for the longest time, but I wasn’t able to because of his family’s status in our community, but I’ll give you an alternative. If anybody every bothers you again over food or the likes, you just talk to me and I’ll do my best to support you, clear?

Me: Yeah, thanks [Vice Principal]

(MY father and mother both got out of the hospital a couple of weeks later and everything in our family is slowly coming back to our old standards. The bully was suspended when he tried to punch a boy when he asked for free food and the boy said so. Thanks to the Vice Principle for supporting me against that bully!)

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