Grateful for Mrs. Campbell (Calgary, Alberta)
My Mom is helping me write this letter. We read a lot about people that don’t stand up for people who are being bullied. I want to tell my story about my teacher Mrs. Campbell. She did stand up for me. It was 2 years ago when I was in grade 4. I started it because I stole a pencil case from a boy in my class. I have never had a nice pencil case. My parents don’t make a lot of money and they have 4 kids to pay for. I got caught and a lot of the kids in my class started to tease me because I stole something. They would not let me forget about it even though I said sorry. My mistake got attention and they called me names. I was so scared to go to school. I started to have stomach aches and even wet the bed. The school did tell my parents about my mistake and though I got grounded, they knew I felt like crap for doing it. My Mom talked to Mrs. Campbell so she knew this was getting to me. Once day I was crying and Mrs. Campbell took me out to the hallway. She told me I was not a bad girl. She told me that I made a mistake and that it is OK. She said I was a better person because I apologized. She said she will make the teasing stop. She asked me if it was OK for her to mention this in class. I thought that was nice of her because I would have been so embarrassed me if she just talked to them in front of me. The next morning, she talked to the class about bullying and name-calling and laughing at people. She did not point me out or make any examples of what they were doing to me. She talked about different stories of bullying and how it makes people feel. Some of the kids started to share stories in class about how they were bullied. The next day at recess some kids tried to tease me again. A few other kids made some comments about telling Mrs. Campbell and the bullying stopped. We are about to start school again soon. I think about Mrs. Campbell and how she has made it easier for me to go back. I feel safe with Mrs. Campbell. I know now she will step in. My problem right now is that I have a friend who’s being bullied at another school. She is having stomachaches and headaches just thinking about going back to school. My parents talked to her parents about what happened to me. My friend and I even started a poster about bullying for her school. We really hope her Principal will say yes to posting it in her school hallway. Making this poster has helped us talk a lot about the bullying. If it wasn’t for Mrs. Campbell we would never have started this project.
I want to say thank you to Mrs. Campbell and I hope that she will see this post
Dear Mrs. Campbell’s Student!
WOW this is a GREAT story and thank you so much for sharing it! We would love to hear more from readers about those who stand up and help others. We are excited to offer our ABRC SHOUT OUT to Mrs. Campbell!! If you would like to come forward Mrs. Campbell we would love to hear from you too!