I am a normal everyday 12 year old and I go to a public middle school. I’m a straight A’s honors student and I stay out of drama most
of the time. Well, like most people I have some friends and some best friends. Well, some of those friends are boys. It was the 2nd day of school and I had Social Studies for my 3rd class of the day. I didn’t know where most of my classes were so I was a little late to class. When I walked in, there was only one seat left…next to a boy (whose name I won’t mention). I went to go take a seat. We started talking and he told me about himself more. I thought to myself, “This kid is nice!”. So, I was looking forward to our next class together.
The next class, I sat next to him again and this time there was another boy at our table. Well, my friend said he was from Turkey and he was raised Turkish. The new kid laughed and started making jokes about Turkey. One thing he said was, “Aha! Do you guys eat a lot of Turkey in Turkey?”. I thought that was mean to make jokes about someone elses country. My friend almost cried. The new kid made much much more jokes and even got sent out of the classroom.
The next day, I discovered I had another class with the new kid. While I was there he started making fun of my religion. I am Jewish. I never really thought much of how people felt about my religion, until that day. Something he said was, “Oh, so you’re a Jew? Well my uncle is Hitler, he’s still alive you know.” At that point I moved to another table. I told that kid that I didn’t want to talk to him anymore.
When I went home that day I thought of how my friend felt when the new kid made fun of his nationality. This was when I grew COMPASSION for my new friend. When I went to school the next day, I told my new friend what happened and that he shouldn’t talk to the new guy anymore. I really helped my friend out that 3rd day of school. I didn’t laugh at those mean jokes directed at him, and he didn’t laugh at mine. Most people would have laughed and not cared about his feelings. Well I did, and I’m glad that I made a new friend that day.