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Cheyenne MAG

June 12, 2010
By HOPEfully SILVER, Clayton, North Carolina
HOPEfully SILVER, Clayton, North Carolina
6 articles 1 photo 30 comments

Favorite Quote:
My Cinderella. She is real. She exists. I pray for her constantly. May God satisfy the desires of her heart, draw her close, consume her. May He claim her passions, her identity, her refuge, her hopes, her strengths and weaknesses -Adam Young

She was the most hated girl in school. Hypocrite. Wannabe. Loud mouth. Some of it was true, but most were lies. Not that it matters in junior high. If you're hated, you're hated. That's just the way it works. I could see the eyes roll in unison as she passed. Even some of the teachers eyed the classroom clock, counting every second she occupied their time. It was hard to watch, but there were times when this treatment made me cry.


“Let's play basketball,” called the gruff voice of the cutest boy in school.

I groaned along with every other girl in the parking lot where PE was held. We shuffled toward the court, noticing the boys lining up under the basket, one behind the other.

“What's going on?” we called. “I thought we were playing basketball.”

“We are. Just a bit different. Line up. We'll show you how it's done.”

The object of the game was simple. Every student would take a shot. If you didn't make it, you would go to the back of the line. If you did make the shot, any player you chose had to run a lap around the playground. If you kept making shots, your target kept running laps.

Cool, I thought. It would be fun to see who ran, who made the most shots, who struck out. Then I saw her. Her braids were swinging in front of my face as we lined up. I tensed and tried not to envision what might happen.

The jock took his first shot. Swish! In the ball went. The boy scanned the line of nervous students before calling Cheyenne's name. I tried to stay optimistic as she started running. The jock missed his next shot and another student stepped up. It was a cheerleader, and she took her aim just as Cheyenne re-entered the line. I whispered a prayer, hoping the girl would miss. As I opened my eyes, I saw her shot. Nothing but net.

“Cheyenne!” the cheerleader called in her high, condescending voice. My heart sank as the already sweat-soaked Cheyenne began her second lap.

I tried to comfort myself: The cheerleader and the jock are a couple. They must have planned this as a little joke. But as I thought this I knew I was wrong. I watched in horror as every perfect shot ended with the calling of Cheyenne's name. As the boy in front of me took his turn, I watched the breathless, panting Cheyenne struggling back to the court. Before the boy could say a word, I stepped out of line. “I'll run for her.”

I didn't wait for anyone's approval or permission as I took off. As I ended my first lap, I heard the whispers. “Cheyenne's making Kaitlyn run for her” and “Dorks shouldn't get special treatment.” I saw Cheyenne's terrified face and knew she couldn't defend herself. I grabbed her shaking hand and pulled her into a jog. She didn't wait for me to speak and she didn't have to. The tone of our conversation had been set the moment I stepped out of line.

“I know how to run,” she began.

I nodded and sweetly smiled.

“I know. Just thought you could use some help.”

She cracked a smile but froze as our eyes met the rest of class. I shook my head and turned for another lap. Suddenly, as if this proved my trustworthiness, Cheyenne unfolded her struggles to my already ringing ears. I realized what someone like her must go through every day. She briefly explained her strained home life, and how school is supposed to be an escape but wasn't.

I didn't speak. I didn't try to counsel her. I don't even think I told her everything was going to be okay. She just needed someone to listen. As I squeezed her hand, we rejoined the rest. As our dirty sneakers hit the pavement, I tapped Cheyenne's shoulder.

“Dorks don't get special treatment. Friends do.”

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This article has 17 comments.

on Mar. 21 2017 at 11:01 pm
MUHAAAHAHAHAHA, Iskkk, Connecticut
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Favorite Quote:

hey hahaha

on Mar. 10 2017 at 5:16 pm
AshantiAguero97, Farmington, New Mexico
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Favorite Quote:
"They laughed at me because I'm different. I laughed at them because they are all the same."

This was an amazing article. I have a lot of bullying at my school which usually leads to fights and a lot of drama. but other than that I love what you did for that girl. It was very sweet of you to do that.

on Sep. 14 2016 at 8:28 pm
ClariDragon BRONZE, Waynesboro, Virginia
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This is a beautiful portrayal of how cruel people can be, but at the same time, how you can find that one person who will accept you. Good job.

Vyana15 said...
on Feb. 15 2016 at 5:27 pm
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that was soo sweet

on Dec. 1 2015 at 11:11 pm
ColdplayForever BRONZE, San Jose, California
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Favorite Quote:
"Coldplay fans are the best in the world. If you like Coldplay, then you're obviously very intelligent, good-looking, and all-around brilliant."
~Chris Martin

You are so brave. There is a huge issue like that at my school, and the next time something like that happens, I want to do what you did. :)

mplo said...
on Nov. 11 2015 at 6:59 am
What a horrible thing for a kid to have to go through! It's a great article, although rather heart-rending.

on Jul. 24 2015 at 9:22 pm
Mallowmarsh-Andi, Superior, Arizona
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Favorite Quote:
"Do not mock a pain you haven't endured"

"Stayin' in my play pretend where the fun ain't got no end"

"It's hard to raise parents"
~ Laura (aka the best counselor I've ever had)

This gave me goosebumps. This was so great!

AJIam said...
on Apr. 5 2015 at 2:08 am
AJIam, Navi Mumbai, Other
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Tears down my cheeks

on Feb. 24 2015 at 11:29 pm
Orchid7 PLATINUM, Plano, Texas
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Favorite Quote:
if you are brave enough to say goodbye, life will award you with a new hello!

Amazing story!Keep writing more stories like this!

Shivs123 said...
on Dec. 16 2014 at 8:09 pm
This was a really good article. It was really well written. Good job!

on Mar. 26 2014 at 1:18 am
Nelly_Nell GOLD, Bakersfield, California
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Favorite Quote:
'' For every dark night there is an even brighter day"

-Tupac Shukar

this was a really great poem. good job. :)

bigA32 BRONZE said...
on Mar. 4 2014 at 10:12 am
bigA32 BRONZE, Defiance, Ohio
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Great article!  Some people don’t understand people’s lives and when they don’t fit in with everyone they see them as an easy target.  They probably have their own insecurities.  In all they need to grow up and realized what bullying can do.  It’s a good thing you stood up for her some people need somebody to do that because they don’t know how or are scared of what people will think.  Best of all it’s a great way to make someone smile and start a new friendship.

on Dec. 30 2013 at 12:35 am
princessrachel GOLD, Wilmington, Delaware
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Favorite Quote:
You have to be willing to sacrifice who you are for what you can become.

I really love your piece & you did a great job of writing it! It's a shame that people can be so mean as to do something like that. If someone treated me like that, I would have been like "Excuse me, i don't have to do anything. I'm not part of your stupid little game" and walked away.. Where in the world were teachers or administration to watch you guys. You sound like a great person & I'm glad you stood up for her! I'm sure it meant the world to her.

on Oct. 31 2013 at 9:04 am
so super sad :(

on Apr. 9 2012 at 3:33 pm
i agree the description of her could go in the second paragraph (suggestion)

on Jun. 26 2010 at 11:56 am
HOPEfully SILVER, Clayton, North Carolina
6 articles 1 photo 30 comments

Favorite Quote:
My Cinderella. She is real. She exists. I pray for her constantly. May God satisfy the desires of her heart, draw her close, consume her. May He claim her passions, her identity, her refuge, her hopes, her strengths and weaknesses -Adam Young

Thanks for suggestion. I read it like that and it really did sound pretty good.

on Jun. 26 2010 at 11:34 am
thezebrasgray PLATINUM, Taylorsville, Utah
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nice!  the only thing i'd change is that it didn't exactly grab my attention at the beginning with the description of her, maybe that could go in the second paragraph (just a suggestion)