Respect & Disrespect

Avery Quinn: Rumblings

This chapter provides background information on Avery and his family.

…On my first day at Parker Elementary, as soon as my father left me off and our Subaru Outback disappeared down the road, Ryon and Carlos descended upon me. I can’t remember what they said, but I know that it hurt my feelings. Every single day that school year they were mean to me.

I never told my father. When he asked, “How’s it going?” I said, “good.” I was afraid he’d home-school me again before I made any friends.

But it wasn’t easy to make friends. Nobody was very friendly to me. I don’t know if they didn’t like me, or if they were too scared to be nice because of Ryon and Carlos.

Third grade was worse. More kids picked on me. I didn’t want to go to school anymore. I pretended I was sick…


…I put my head on the dining room table and shut my eyes. I thought, whenever I’m upset about anything, Dad always says, “Don’t let it bother you.” If I told him about the kids being mean to me he’d probably just tell me to not let it bother me.

But it did bother me. A lot


From Empowering Children to Help Stop Bullying in School.