Are you being bullied at school? Or are you the bully? Or perhaps, you’re being a bystander- -thinking that you have no responsibility over it? But this is something that could happen at your school, too. “BULLYING” -Good morning! -Good morning, Sera-sama! “Sera Kojo, 9th Grade” -Hello there, everyone! This school is my palace. -Good morning, Sera-sama! -You look very nice today, Sera-sama! -No one can disrespect me in my territory- -and no one ever will! -Woah, Sera-sama, is your handbag… -Oh, this? My father bought it for me during his overseas business trip. -Of course he did, he’s a president of a huge company! -I feel so jealous! -Oh no, I’m late for my day duty~! -Owww…. “Fumika Kimijima, 8th Grade” -s-Sera-sama… -Sera-sama! Your bag is scratched… -…What is your name? -I’m Fumika Kimijima from class 2-3… -I see…Kimijima-san. Kimijima-san…. I dislike you. You will be our next sacrifice. -NOOOOOO!!! -Oh, poor thing… -So, she’s our next target? “CLASSROOM OF SACRIFICE” -Poor girl! Look at her, she’s shaking…. -Well then, shall we start? I wonder how many days this one is going to last. -Outta my way! -Hey, you’re our new sacrifice, right? How convenient! These are from my house. Take them to the garbage for me. -What are they up to now? -Is that our new sacrifice? -Fumika! -No, Emi! If you help her, you’ll be their next target! -But… -The whole school bullies sacrifices… Including those who showed sympathy for them… You don’t want to become one of them, do you!? -Everybody does what I say! “Stupid” “Ugly” “Get lost!” “Don’t come to school” -Teacher…. -Thanks to my parents’ huge donation to the school, even the teachers can’t disobey me! I’m the one who’s in charge of everything! Yes, the queen of this palace is me…! How amusing! -She’s changed a lot, don’t you think? -I’d give anything to avoid being a sacrifice… -She used to be such a happy person! -Emi! -Oh my, how fragile your friendship was! -Please, let me go! I promise I’ll pay for your handbag….so please…I’m so sorry…. -Let go, you creep! -You soiled my uniform…. It seems like you deserve some punishment. -Sera-san. -No… Please stop…. Please…. -Everything goes exactly the way I want it to! …Or so I thought… -…What did you just say, father…? -I’m sorry, Sera. My company went bankrupt. -We’ll have to sell our home as well… -…No, it can’t be…. I’ve always been above others! I will never accept this humiliation! -What’s going on? What is this….? Who in the world would… -Oh, you’re late. -….Thank goodness. Please remove this immediately. -No. We just heard that you’re dad’s precious company went bankrupt! -So sad! -Well, it serves you right, I guess! -Who the hell do you think you’re talking to?! I’ll make you pay for this! -You’re the one who’s paying for what you did! -Now that your dad isn’t here to help anymore… -We’re not intimidated by you at all! -You are our next sacrifice! -It hurts…. Why me… What did I do to deserve this…? I can’t… Somebody….somebody help me…. Please…. Help me… Please…. Help… Someone…. Help….me…. -Nobody’s coming to help you. -Everyone despises you here. -Oh, she started crying! -It’s way too early to start to cry! Our main ritual hasn’t started yet! We never really liked that long hair, you know! -No….Please, stop… -Why…why did this happen? No, please, don’t! -Here. Are you okay…? -You’re…Fumika Kimijima… -What are you doing?! -Did you forget what she did to you!? -No, I haven’t… And I probably never will… But I understand how she feels. No one was there to help me… I’ve never had such a hard time. -…I was too terrified of being bullied like her…and I couldn’t help… I’m sorry! -No, I did the same thing too. I’m sorry, Sera-san. I was scared too, and… I didn’t help you. I was just watching. -I’m the one who was bullying you… And yet…you tried to help? -Yes. -I’m…I’m sorry! -For the first time in her life, Sera understood how it was like to be bullied. Emi, on the other hand, learned that being a bystander is no different from being a bully herself. Finally, Fumika thought that from now on, whenever she sees someone being bullied, she’ll speak up no matter how scary it seems Have you ever thought about what your classmates are feeling? If everyone cared enough about one another’s feelings, stopping a bully, helping someone who’s being bullied, or even putting an end to bullying altogether… …won’t be so difficult.