A few days later, as Alex was heading out to the athletic field for soccer practice, he rounded the corner of the gymnasium and came upon Alonzo, surrounded by four eighth grade boys, who were obviously bullying him. Alonzo’s face was white, and tears stood in his eyes, as he tried to push past them. The leader of the group, Craig—a husky boy with spiked blonde hair—pushed Alonzo in the chest. “What’s the matter, kid? Can’tcha fight back? Got a crippled arm there, huh? Go ahead, hit me with it—it might HURT me! I’ll bet you’d knock me flat out!” He and the other boys laughed uproariously at Craig’s joke. Not saying a word, Alonzo again tried to keep walking forward, but was hit in the face by one of the boys. Alonzo covered his face with his hands and his nose started bleeding.
Alex exploded into action. Shouting as loud as he could, he raced into the middle of the group, and jumped in front of Alonzo. “Just leave him alone, you bullies!! In the first instant, they were so surprised, they stood there, frozen. Then Craig, with rage growing in his expression, pulled back his fist and hit Alex as hard as he could in the mouth.
Just then, Coach Turner, came around the corner and ran toward the small crowd of yelling, fighting boys. “All right! That’s enough!! Every one of you stop this instant!” he shouted. “Now march immediately to the principal’s office—all of you!"