My Old Bike – School Sucks

School Sucks

Kids at school make fun of Frankie's name...

Pretty Paulette comes to his rescue!

Moral of the Story

A bully can be outsmarted!

With Scrawny Ronnie's and Pretty Paulette's help, Frankie takes the wind out of Brad the Bully's sails.

Talking Points

  1. Is Francis a girl's name, boy's name, or both?
  2. Who is Frankie Avalon?
    According to Wikipedia, "Frankie Avalon is an Italian-American actor, singer, and former teen idol."
  3. Who is Annette Funicello?
    According to Wikipedia, "Annette Joanne Funicello was an American actress and singer. Funicello began her professional career as a child performer at the age of twelve. She rose to prominence as one of the most popular "Mouseketeers" on the original Mickey Mouse Club."
  4. What is "Beach Party" movie?
    View the movie trailer on YouTube.
  5. Can you stand on the school bus when it is moving?
    You could back in the 1980's and earlier.
  6.  Why do you think Brad the Bully was intimidated by Pretty Paulette?
    Perhaps because she had confidence.
  7. Can you think of any other names that are both girl's and boy's names?


All definitions may be found at

  1. Inconspicuous
    Not clearly visible or attracting attention; not conspicuous.
  2. Confident
    Feeling or showing confidence in oneself; self-assured.
  3. Divert
    Cause (someone or something) to change course or turn from one direction to another.
  4. Collective
    Done by people acting as a group.

Personal Note

In grade school I had my very own bully. He lived around the corner and beat me up regularly. It wasn't my name but my small size that caused me to be a target. School itself wasn't where I was bullied, it was on the school bus. Every morning and afternoon I had to deal with this mean for no reason individual. Then on the very last day of grade school I had worked up the confidence to confront this person. Thankfully the outcome was in my favor and he never bothered me again.

I raised my two boys to have self confidence so they could handle bullying by bringing it to a quick resolution. As they entered high school, both earned their black belts in Taekwondo. Those classes added to their self confidence as well as providing discipline and self defense skills.

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