Tutoring Night: Poems about Bullying

During one tutoring night in October, a group of High Rocks girls wrote poems in response to a discussion about bullying:

A school without bullying might seem impossible
because a bully’s heart is the same as a normal person
You want to pick on someone who is different
Adults bully kids when they feel OUT OF CONTROL
Anger makes people mean, like vicious birds.
I feel small when my sexuality or gender identity is discriminated against
When I see someone being bullied I step in
depending who it is
When I reach out to someone I need help and expect
them to reach back

Anger makes people feel small
The cure for bullying can only be found by us!

Who feels helpless?
That is what is inside the heart
of someone who is trying to help.
Grown-ups feel helpless to do anything
I don’t want to be a bully
When I get angry and I’m a bully
I regret it afterward
The heart of a bully is—
Grown-ups feel helpless,
bully kids, kids bully too.
Regret it afterwards
The heart of a bully is
bullied itself
Ruthless
insecure inside
the heart – cold, clack, broken, hurt
I see someone alone
I want to be a bully
A bully’s heart is hurt
torn. Bullied themselves.
I feel like I want to be a bully
When I get
ANGRY
And feel helpless to do anything else.

I feel small when people are telling me not to shine
On Facebook people are bullied because they are lonely, belittled, broken, and hidden from the light
Grown-ups bully kids when they feel anger,
get lonely and insecure
You want to pick on someone who is rude to the insecure.
Anger makes people grouchy dinosaurs
When I reach out for someone I feel disgruntled and need help

Grown-ups bully kids when they abuse them, physically, mentally and emotionally
I feel like I want to bully when I am bullied
You want to pick on someone who is more popular or who is higher ranking than you
I feel small when people discourage me
When I see someone bullied, I sometimes tell the bully to stop, or I watch it
Anger makes people do stupid things, sometimes I watch it.
A school without bullying, would not be school
The cure for bullying would be not encouraging it.