Bullying Is Wrong

Stone Soup Editors' Notes  /   /  By Gerry Mandel
Stone Soup Magazine
January 2018

Bullying is just plain wrong. It hurts the person who is bullied, and the bullies usually live to regret their cruel behavior. No one wins. In “Sticks and Stones,” the featured story from the July/August 2013 issue of Stone Soup, 13-year-old author Nisha Klein manages to turn her bad experience at summer camp into a beautifully written, sensitive story. We see firsthand all the little ways in which Nisha’s cabin mates put her down and try to make her feel bad. They exclude her from their conversations, run away when they see her coming — one girl even tells her she should die! At first, Nisha wonders if there is something wrong with her. Like everyone, she wants to be liked. She gets depressed. Then one day, while practicing archery, Nisha hits a bullseye, and it sparks a revelation. There’s nothing wrong with her! She doesn’t need the approval of these mean girls. Camp is over and she can return home to her friends, saddened but a little wiser. Have you seen or experienced bullying at school or camp? Perhaps Nisha’s story will help you see how wrong it is and inspire you to speak up against it if you see it.

Gerry Mandel
About the Author

Back in 1973, I was one of the group of UC Santa Cruz students who put together the early issues of Stone Soup. It was my great pleasure to work on the magazine until I retired in 2017.

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  1. Ellie July 29, 2013 at 12:25 pm Reply

    I recently read this story. It is really a good story about a girl who get bullied at camp. And the drawings are perfect for the story. Really like this story

  2. Lauren August 26, 2013 at 4:33 pm Reply

    Have you read the book Touching Spirit Bear? It is about a bully who heals from a Spirit Bear. I learned from this book that the bully often had someone else bully him before he became a bully. It shows bullying is a chain effect. And that is so sad.

  3. Isabella September 21, 2013 at 12:07 pm Reply

    I read this story this morning. I really felt sorry for Nisha. It was written really well and the illustration is beautiful.

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