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This kind of thing won't be tolerated at our school, the principal declares the day the "bad-something" is discovered written on a wall. The incident makes the kids nervous, giggly, and curious at first, but then they're worried, confused, sad, and angry. Everyone is suspicious. Who did it, and why? They miss the days before the bad-something appeared, because everything — and everyone — feels different now. It takes a lot of talking, listening, looking, and creating something good together to find a way to heal. The story acknowledges that while the scars of such incidents remain, it is possible to teach tolerance and feel true community once again.
Age Groups: Big Kids, Little Kids
Skills: friendship, Upstanding
What is the "bad-something"?
How does the "bad-something" make children feel?
How does the school come together to move forward?
Have you ever experienced something like what happens in the story? How did YOU feel?
What would you do if someone wrote, said, or did something hurtful in YOUR community?