Brenda's Story by Camille Dejaegere
Created on April 7, 2022
Her first steps in the sixth grade
1 month later
The day after
In the following month
Presentation of the characters
This is Brenda, she is 11 years old
This is Brenda's homeroom teacher
This is Brenda's Father
This is Brenda'a Mother
This is the Liaison Officier of Branda's School
This is Headmaster of Branda's School
First Day at School
In front of the School
Brenda is entering the sixth-grade class. Her parents walk her to the entrance:
- “Have a nice day!” says Brenda’s mother and she gives her hug.
- “See you tonight!” shouts Brenda’s father and he kisses his daughter.
- “Thanks! See you!” exclaims Brenda
In classroom with her homeroom teacher
- "How was your day my love?"
- "It was so cool! I really like the school and I’m so excited to go back tomorrow!"
- "And have you made some friends?"
- "No, not yet… Maybe tomorrow!"
She returns home calmly with a cheerful face, asserting her mom everything was okey. However, at diner, she finds it very difficult to eat.
A wide smile on her face, Brenda arrives at school with her parents. They kiss her before leaving. Some students notice them and point at her, laughing up their sleeves. Brenda feels ill-at-ease. She is puzzled but says nothing.
What she thought was the worst day of her life...
"I hate them! They don't exist! I hate them!"
Brenda is always ALONE...
... During the break ...
... Even in class ...
A Fake Smile
On her way home, she croods. On the doorstep, she breathes depply, sticks a smile on her face ans enters with a fainted good mood
"Hi there : I'm home !"
But, at nigh, she can't fall aspleep
1 month later...
She enters the locker-room, shaking. She changes her clothes, ignoring her mates. As she checks her mobile, she realizes increasing mockery and discovers secret pictures published on social networks.
She can no longer pretend nor smile; she closes herself up
A lot of anger, fear... she shuts herself off
In the following month
In the schoolyard
Brenda stays silent. In the schoolyard she stumbles and falls down; everyone is laughing. She is kicked in the back; students throw objects at her… and nobody helps her
At midday, Brenda goes home, aghast; her clothes are ruined, her body hurts, she feels so tired… She can't stop crying in her locked room. It is too difficult! Is it worth living like that?
Living has become...
... too difficult...
The Day After
At the Hospital...
In hospital, a psychological follow-up has been set up. Brenda's parents have discovered the pictures, realizing what Brenda has been enduring since September
Brenda's parents phone the principal who carries out investigations with his assistant principal to find out the culprits. Their parents are summoned
The following week, some students apologized, others give Brenda support letters. Brenda is smiling again
- "Hey, Brenda! How are you?
- "It's ok!" Today is the first day of a new school year, she thinks to herself
Some facts and reminders about harassment
More than one in ten pupils in CE2, CM1 and CM2 are victims of school bullying. Of those concerned, 3% suffer from harassment deemed "severe". The trend does not reverse when they reach the sixth grade, since 10% of secondary school pupils are affected...
... of which 7% were of a severe form
A total of 700,000 pupils are harassed each year, with more or less serious consequences. While some of them gradually fail at school, others suffer from deeper traumas (anxiety, depression, sleep disorders, etc.) that can lead them to suicide
Possible sanctions within the school, up to and including permanent expulsion of the pupil
The consequences for the harasser
If the victim is under 15 years of age, the stalker faces up to three and a half years in prison and a fine of up to £7,500
In addition to the fine, the harasser can/should undergo training and have certain items confiscated, including computers or phones in the case of cyberbullying