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Tommy was a head taller than the other kids in his class and he used his size to intimidate the other boys and girls when they were on the playground. He did it for fun at first, but it wasn't long before he learned how to extort money from his classmates, who were afraid of getting beat up after school.
His 55 year old teacher was afraid of him as well, because he was so mean.
He failed his grade and had to repeat it. That next year, he was even taller than the other kids and started the bullying all over again.
One day, he came up against a kid who wouldn't back down, although he was much smaller than Tommy. Tommy threw him on the ground and threatened to punch the boy in the face, if he didn't give him some money. The boy wouldn't give in, so Tommy punched him...punched him hard in the face. The boy started bleeding down the side of his cheek. Tommy hit him again, this time on the nose. The boy bled heavily this time, blood spewing from his face.
As Tommy drew back his fist to hit the boy once again, he became motionless. Tommy saw the blood pouring from the young boy's face and for the first time, he was frightened. He had never actually hit anyone before, due to the fact that all of the other boys and girls backed down when he had threatened them. Seeing the blood pouring out of the boys nose caused him to become paralyzed with fear. He pinched the boys nose and took him to the school nurse.
While Tommy waited in the nurse's outer office nervous and shaking, he pondered where his life would be going at that moment, if he had actually killed the boy. The nurse entered the room and told Tommy that the boy would be alright, fortunately for him. Fortunate for Tommy too.
Moral: Striking out in violence has a way of finding its way back to the offender, one way or another!
Copyright © 2008 Mark Edgemon
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