Short Stories About Bullying

These short stories all have bullies and people being bullied.

“Nemesis” by Kirsten Miller

The narrator is investigating a new client, Clea. She watches as Clea exits her school and heads for the bus stop. She rushes and looks fearful. A group of girls spot Clea and follow her. The narrator takes some pictures. Clea gets on the bus but the driver waits for the others. The narrator gets on as well. She runs a website called NEMESIS, which exposes bullies. She intends to gather the evidence she needs.

“Nemesis” is the first selection in the anthology Cornered: 14 Stories of Bullying and DefianceMost of the story can be read in the Amazon preview.

“The Black-Eye-of-the-Month Club” by Sherman Alexie

The narrator was born with water on the brain. He explains what this means, and outlines the wide variety of other physical difficulties and peculiarities he suffered from. He definitely stood out as different, and was treated as such.

“The Black-Eye-of-the-Month Club” is the first story in the preview of The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time IndianThis amazing novel can also be read as a series of connected short stories. They’re often excerpted in this way. If you haven’t read any of it yet, you’re in for a treat.

“Marigolds” by Eugenia W. Collier

Lizabeth recalls a time when she was fourteen, in Maryland, during the Depression. A woman in her neighborhood, Miss Lottie, lived in a dilapidated home, but had a colorful marigold garden. She was an outcast, and the children made her a target of taunts.

This is the first story in the preview of Breeder and Other Stories.

“Celia Behind Me” by Isabel Huggan

Celia is a chubby, diabetic young girl. The narrator, Elizabeth, has been ordered by her mother to be nice to Celia. Elizabeth doesn’t like Celia at all and tries to avoid being ostracized by her classmates. The mental strain escalates, bringing Elizabeth to a breaking point.

“Trying to Save Piggy Sneed” by John Irving

The narrator became a writer because of his grandmother’s kindness and a retarded garbage collector from his neighborhood when he was young. The man was Piggy Sneed. He lived with his pigs and acted like them too. The children took pleasure in teasing and scaring him.

Read “Trying to Save Piggy Sneed”

“A Poetics For Bullies” by Stanley Elkin

A bully, known as Push, hates kids of all sorts. He knows all manner of tricks and methods for bullying. One day, Eugene, one of his regular victims, comes by to tell him about a new kid. Push forces him to drink copious amounts of water while getting the details.

“Galloping Foxley” by Roald Dahl

A man’s morning routine commute to work is disturbed by a new train passenger. He eventually identifies the newcomer as an old school mate who tormented him terribly.

Read “Galloping Foxley” (PDF page 46)