KB’s First Day

KB has her first day at a new school where she walks into Cassandra, a kid at school that bullies others, and gets teased in front of the class.

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Question 1: Why do you think KB didn't want to go to school?

A) It was her very first day at a new school, and she probably was scared because she didn’t know anybody.

Mr. Bittner -- the teacherYou’re probably right! Have you ever been the “new kid” at school or on a team? Do you remember feeling “butterflies” in your stomach? Did someone make you feel less scared? Is there someone at school who you could help out? Are there any other good answers?

B) She had to wear clothes that weren’t very cool, and she was afraid of what the other students might think of her.

Mr. Bittner -- the teacherYup. Have you ever worried about kids making fun of clothing that you wear? Are there any other good answers?

C) She hated science and wasn’t looking forward to science class.

Mr. Bittner -- the teacherNo way! KB LOVED my Science Camp over the summer and she seemed really excited when she saw me again.

Question 2: Why didn’t KB just refuse to wear the new clothes that her mother bought for her?

A) Maybe she decided that the clothes weren’t so bad after all.

Mr. Bittner -- the teacherI kind of doubt it.

B) She thought that would hurt her mom’s feelings.

Mr. Bittner -- the teacherI agree. Her mom bought the clothes as a special surprise for KB and might have felt bad if KB refused the gift. Are there any other good answers?

C) KB probably didn’t have any better clothes.

Mr. Bittner -- the teacherProbably. It sounds as if KB’s mom bought her a whole closet of clothes that weren’t very stylish. Have you ever had kids make fun of your clothes or the way you looked? Why did they do that? How did it make you feel? Are there any other good answers to this question?

Question 3: Why did I call KB "Fluffernutter"?

A) I was making fun of her name.

Mr. Bittner -- the teacherOf course not! I would never make fun of a student. Try again.

B) I made a mistake in trying to pronounce her name.

Mr. Bittner -- the teacherYup. KB’s last name — "Floofinatta" — is pretty hard to pronounce. I goofed. Sorry, KB!

C) I mixed her up with another student whose last name was "Fluffernutter."

Mr. Bittner -- the teacherIn all my years of teaching I’ve never met a student with the last name "Fluffernutter." Try again.

Question 4: Why do you think Cassandra called KB a "freak"?

A) KB bumped into her.

Mr. Bittner -- the teacherMaybe. That’s a pretty poor reason to call someone a name, isn’t it? Are there any other good answers?

B) Cassandra was just kidding.

Mr. Bittner -- the teacherI don’t think so. It didn’t sound like friendly teasing to me. Try again.

C) She was making fun of KB’s clothes.

Mr. Bittner -- the teacherI agree. That was pretty mean, wasn’t it? How would you have felt if you were KB? Have you heard anyone call another person a mean name? What could you do to stop it?

Question 5: I was angry when Cassandra called KB a “freak”. The door closed before you could see what happened next, however. What do you think I did about Cassandra’s mean comment and the class’ reaction?

A) Nothing.

Mr. Bittner -- the teacherAbsolutely not. Teachers want to put a stop to school bullying too! Try another answer.

B) I talked with Cassandra after class about her mean comment.

Mr. Bittner -- the teacherI certainly did! I also told Cassandra that I’d be watching to make sure she didn’t pick on KB again. Are there any other good answers?

C) I told the class to stop laughing.

Mr. Bittner -- the teacherYes, I did. I told them that there was nothing funny about that and to cut it out. Are there any other good answers?

Question 6: How do you think KB could have handled Cassandra’s rude comments?

A) Talked back to Cassandra in her same, rude tone.

Mr. Bittner -- the teacherNot a very good idea. First, trading one mean comment for another doesn’t solve anything. Second, she could get in trouble if she said something mean in front of an adult at school. Third, it probably would just make things worse with Cassandra.

B) Talked with her mom, me, or another adult at school.

Mr. Bittner -- the teacherKB could have talked to me or her mom. Both of us would want to listen and help.

C) Nothing — It’s best to keep quiet.

Mr. Bittner -- the teacherI don’t think this will work very well. If KB doesn’t talk with anyone about it, she’ll probably keep feeling bad, and Cassandra will probably keep bullying her. Are there any other good answers?