Child: Daddy, there’s a bully at school!
Father: Why do you say he’s a bully?
Child: He doesn’t let other people talk.
Father: Does he do that all of the time?
Child: Yesterday, my friend dropped a marble in a jar every time he didn’t let the teacher or one of us talk.
Father: How many marbles were in the jar?
Father: What else does this bully do?
Child: He lies.
Father: What does he lie about?
Child: There was this really bad third grader who was waiting around the corner and then he ran out and crashed into a teacher.
Father: So what was the lie?
Child: Well, the bully saw the third grader getting ready to crash into the teacher and when the principal asked a bunch of us if we knew what happened and the bully said he didn’t.
Father: This sounds like a very bad boy. Is there anything else the he does?
Child: Yeah. You know how you teach me how important it is to be nice to people and not say mean things, even if I don’t like them?
Father: Yes. That’s very important.
Child: Well the bully isn’t like that. He laughs at people and makes fun of them. There’s something else.
Child: You know how you said it is bad to use words that are just make believe for bad words just so we don’t get in trouble?
Father: Sure. That’s important because what really matters is what you think, not just what you say.
Child: The bully uses words that mean…poop…a lot.
Father: This boy is a bully. What does he look like? I’m going to school and talk to the principal.
Child: He looks like this: