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Bullying - The Stork and the Cranes - Story
« on: May 09, 2016, 06:45:10 PM »
The StorkWiki and the Crane (bird)Wiki
An Aesop's fable: Wise choices, peer pressure, friendship, responsibility, by-standing.

Once upon a time, a lone stork sat nesting in a tree. Suddenly a flock of cranes flew by.  "Come with us," they called. "We're going to a field where there is tender grain to eat, as much as you can hold!"

Eagerly the hungry stork flew with the cranes to the field. But before the birds had so much as taken a bite, a farmer crept up behind them and threw a heavy net over them all.

"Oh please" cried the Stork, "I'm a stork, you see, not a crane like the rest. It wasn’t my idea to feed here. I don't belong to this flock!"

"You may not have planned this caper, " replied the farmer, "But you kept company with thieves, and now you will share their punishment as well."

Tips for the Telling

This is a simple story for telling in such a manner. It might help to show your students pictures of storks and cranes so that they can imagine the difference between them.

Personalizing the story ideas through discussion:

This is a great story to talk about peer pressure, and bystander "join-in" bullying. All young people experience peer pressure on a regular basis. Telling stories about it can help them to be more aware of when it is happening to them, and the consequences of the way they respond. The stork in the story does not think that it should pay the price for the crime because it was not its idea to graze in the field, and it was not one of the gang. Do your students agree with the farmer's verdict? Have they ever been in a similar predicament?

This story can also help increase awareness of the bystander’s role in bullying. Most people think that as long as they are not the actual ones bullying or teasing they are not responsible. But to the victim of bullying, anyone who laughs or stares, or even says nothing is in some way joining in. Students need to know that by witnessing bullying and saying nothing to the bully, they are giving them a green light to continue their behavior. They are also giving the victim the signal that others think the behavior is acceptable. This can cause the victim to feel further isolated.
« Last Edit: May 09, 2016, 06:50:04 PM by Sara »
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