The Mystic Princesses sat in front of the fire pit at Breanna’s house in Yellowstone National Park. They’d just finished reading Nicu the Littlest Vampire in Fangless and were talking about Nicu being teased because he didn’t have his fangs although he was 9-years-old. The mean spirited teasing wasn’t just from his brother and school mates, even his parents were disappointed and hit Nicu because he was fangless.
“Poor Nicu,” Breanna said starting the discussion. “If I were there, I would have thrown a fire ball at those bullies.”
“That wouldn’t have solved the problem,” Harmonie said. “Bullying is wrong. It might have helped if Nicu understood that the other vampires teased him because he was different. Letting them see he was bothered by the teasing made them tease him even more. What did you think Coral?”
“It sounds like you are blaming Nicu for reacting!”
“No! I should have added that it would have helped if his friends had stood up for him instead of joining in the teasing. I didn’t like his friends or family. Even Nicu’s parents were mean to him.”
The girls thought about this and commented that they’d been taught that being included in a group of friends normally helps children who are bullied. This is because having friends form a protective circle reducing the time that a person is alone and doesn’t give the bullies as many chances to tease. And they’d learned that when children feel loved they don’t let the teasing bother them as much.
Catie spoke next saying, “I agree. Friends and family aren’t supposed to be mean to each other.”
Janna finished the discussion when she said, “We sometimes we tease, but were are never mean when we joke around.”