Post Two: The Sidekicks

To be done after you have finished reading chapters 4 and 5                                                                                         On page 33, Nolan asks himself, “How come a bully like Bubba had friends and I didn’t?”  Why do you think Bubba has friends and Nolan doesn’t?   Why do you think Kevin and Max hang out with Bubba when he is so mean?

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  1. Posted by EC21 on May 17, 2011 at 12:07 pm

    I think that Bubba has friends because they think that he is cool because he can bully people and that’s why Bubba has friends and I think that Nolan does not because he cannot stand up for himself and people thinks that he is wimpy and stuff. That is why I think Bubba has friends and Nolan doesn’t.

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    • Posted by EC2 on May 17, 2011 at 6:47 pm

      EC21, I really like all of your ideas especially the one about Nolan not having friends because he is “wimpy and stuff”. Nice job!

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    • Posted by EC12 on May 17, 2011 at 7:00 pm

      I agree on your post, EC21.

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      • Posted by EC12 on May 25, 2011 at 8:35 pm

        I agree with the “they think that he is cool”. I don’t get it, but usually bullies are popular (in middle school and high school). Great post, EC21!

    • Posted by EC5 on May 17, 2011 at 8:06 pm

      EC21, I really liked your thinking that Nolan can’t stick up for himself and him being wimpy. You really described the situation well. Great job!

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    • Posted by Ec20 on May 18, 2011 at 12:10 am

      I agree with you about Nolan not standing up for himself.

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    • Posted by ec 17 on May 18, 2011 at 11:56 pm

      Great thinking ec21. It must be hard for people like Nolan who can’t stand up for themselves and are always teased and bullied.

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    • Posted by ec13 on May 30, 2011 at 5:04 pm

      I think the same thing about Kevin and Max.

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  2. Posted by EC2 on May 17, 2011 at 6:42 pm

    I think that bullies become mean over time because they probably have a reason to do it, like if someone was mean to them and then they took out their emotions on different people; like Nolan, or if they were jealous of a person. I think that over time some bullies will change, and just get over with their jealousy or realize that they just shouldn’t do it. It depends on if they will listen to other people or figure it out themselves.

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    • Posted by ec 17 on May 18, 2011 at 11:53 pm

      Good idea. I agree that people might have been mean to them in the past. I guess that if they stop being a bully is their decision but if they do the right thing then they will stop.

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    • Posted by EC8 on May 19, 2011 at 9:52 pm

      Yeah, I totally agree on the part about jealousy. That is one of the main reasons bullies become bullies. Keep up the good work!

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    • Posted by EC6 on May 19, 2011 at 11:51 pm

      I think that you are right about them being jealous. Great job!

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  3. Posted by EC12 on May 17, 2011 at 6:57 pm

    I think that Bubba has friends because he is really popular, even though he is mean. Other people think he is cool, and is sort of like the king, even though he steals from his friends. Nolan got the nickname “The Nerd”, so people are afraid to be seen by Bubba, because they don’t want to be called a nerd, too. Pretty much, bullies make everything awful.

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  4. Posted by EC5 on May 17, 2011 at 8:00 pm

    I think that Bubba has friends because people think he is cool even though he is mean and they want to be cool and not be teased themselves.
    Kevin and Max hang out with Bubba because it is like he is top of the food chain (except they don’t eat each other) and they don’t want to be picked on so they would feel that their only option would be to join Bubba. By doing this, they put themselves in a place that they won’t get nick names like “Pony Girl” and “Worm Lips”. But there is a disadvantage to this because they bring themselves closer to Bubba so he can now steal their stuff because they are “friends”.
    Nolan doesn’t have any friends because of Bubba who started calling him “Nerd” so as a result everyone almost bullies him by calling him that.

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  5. EC5, I also agree with you. That is EXACTLY what I was going to say.

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  6. I think that Nolan doesn’t have any friends because all of the other kids want to be friends with Bubba, because they don’t want to be teased. And since many kids become friends with Bubba so that they can’t be teased, Nolan doesn’t have any friends because kids tease him. So that makes them not friends with Nolan.
    I think that Max and Kevin hang out with Bubba when he’s so mean because THEY don’t want to be teased.

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    • Posted by ec 17 on May 18, 2011 at 11:46 pm

      I agree with you that other kids don’t want to be teased. No one would ever want to be teased and called names.

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    • Posted by EC-4 on May 22, 2011 at 8:13 pm

      I agree that Kevin and Max hang around with Bubba because they don’t want to be teased. Good job!

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  7. Posted by ec10 on May 17, 2011 at 9:27 pm

    I think that Bubba has friends and Nolan doesn’t because if they were Nolan’s friend Bubba would tease them, because they were his friend. I think Kevin and Max hang out with Bubba because they are trying to look cool and show off that they are not Nolan’s friend.

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  8. Posted by ec 16 on May 17, 2011 at 9:32 pm

    I think Bubba has friends because Kevin & Max probably think that he is all cool and popular or sometimes bullies bribe other people to be their friends. I think Nolan doesn’t have any friends because he’s all normal and maybe not so cool as Bubba.

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  9. Posted by Ec20 on May 18, 2011 at 12:09 am

    Well I think that since Bubba is so “cool” Kevin and Max hang out with him and Nolan on the other hand is a “nerd” so no one will want to hang out with him.

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  10. Posted by EC18 on May 18, 2011 at 8:47 pm

    I think Bubba has friends like Kevin and Max because they think he’s popular and they don’t want to be bullied so they decided to be friends with him. Bubba thinks he’s cool because he thinks Kevin and Max want to be friends with him but they just want not to get bullied.

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  11. Posted by ec15 on May 18, 2011 at 9:06 pm

    I think that Max and Kevin hang out with Bubba not because they like him, but rather because they are scared of him. I think that Bubba said something to Max and Kevin to make them hang out with him. They agreed because they were scared of what might happen if they decided not to hang out with Bubba. They also think that this is a big chance for them because if they make friends with a bully, then they won’t get bullied. I think Nolan has no friends because he is nerdy and geeky.

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  12. Posted by EC1 on May 18, 2011 at 9:20 pm

    I think that Nolan doesn’t have any friends because maybe he doesn’t know a lot of people so he doesn’t have many friends. I think Kevin and Max hang out with Bubba because they don’t want to be bullied by Bubba so they thought the best way to not be bullied is to be friends with the bully.

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  13. Posted by EC8 on May 18, 2011 at 9:37 pm

    I think Bubba has has friends and Nolan doesn’t because people think Nolan’s name is ‘Nerd’ so no one wants to be his friend (because they think he is a nerd). I think that Kevin and Max hang out with Bubba because…
    A. They will not be beat up by him (no one picks on their own friends)
    B. They will be protected by him if they are being picked on by some other bully.
    C. They are like “I am so cool because I can be friends with Bubba Bixby” and they want others to think that, too.

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    • Posted by EC19 on May 30, 2011 at 8:30 pm

      I agree that people don’t want to be Nolan’s friends because they think he’s a nerd.

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  14. Posted by EC22 on May 18, 2011 at 10:32 pm

    I think that Bubba has friends and Nolan doesn’t because if other people become Nolan’s friend they would be bullied for being friends with the “Nerd”. I think people are friends with bubba because they think that if they are friends with bubba they would get protection from him.

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  15. Posted by ec 17 on May 18, 2011 at 11:43 pm

    I think that Nolan doesn’t have friends because if people hang out with him they might get bullied. People don’t want to be friends with a kid that is called something like nerd because then they might be treated like Nolan does. Bubba has friends even thought Nolan doesn’t. That might be because they might think that if they are friends with Bubba, Bubba might not bully them as much. People aren’t usually as mean to their friends. Another reason that children might be friends with a bully is because Bubba might have made them. These are some of the reason that people might be friends with bullies but not with targets or people that are bullied a lot.

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  16. Posted by EC-4 on May 19, 2011 at 12:25 am

    I think Bubba has friends, but Nolan doesn’t because Bubba probably threatens them if they don’t become his friends. They’re not exactly his friends, but they have become loyal to him, because of being with him so often. I think Kevin and Max hang out with Bubba because if they don’t, he’ll do something very bad to them. Kevin and Max aren’t as loyal as Crabbe and Goyle to Draco Malfoy in the Harry Potter series, but they do laugh at his bullying.

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  17. Posted by ec7 on May 19, 2011 at 8:15 pm

    I think that Bubba has friends and Nolan doesn’t because Kevin and Max are afraid of him and they don’t want to be beat up so they made friends with Bubba to make him like them. Maybe the reason why Bubba is so mean is because he doesn’t have any friends except for Kevin and Max. I don’t think that Kevin and Max were friends with Bubba after they found out what Shredderman thought of them with Alvin and the Dumbmunks. I think that after the website, they found their own voice with Bubba.

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  18. Posted by EC6 on May 19, 2011 at 11:41 pm

    I think that Kevin and Max hang out with Bubba because he is popular. Another thing that might have happened is that they were friends with Bubba before he became a bully and they still are. I think that Nolan does not have friends because all he cares about is being smart and now all of the kids think that he is a nerd.

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  19. Posted by ec13 on May 23, 2011 at 12:19 am

    One reason that Bubba has friends and Nolan does not is that Nolan is bullied by Bubba and Bubba set the tone that Nolan was a “nerd”. People would get bullied if they played with a “nerd”. Bubba has friends because kids protect themselves from being bullied by hanging out with him. Also, these kids are insecure and feel like nobody likes them so they become friends with a bully. The reason people who become bullies themselves is that they were bullied.

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  20. Posted by ec14 on May 23, 2011 at 12:49 am

    Nolan probably doesn’t have any friends because they might think that they will get bullied more by Bubba if they are his friend. I think Max and Kevin are Bubba’s friends because they probably don’t want to get bullied by Bubba.

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  21. Posted by ec3 on May 23, 2011 at 10:43 pm

    I think that Bubba has friends and Nolan doesn’t because if they are Bubba’s friend they think they won’t get bullied. I think Nolan doesn’t have friends just like Greg in Diary of a Wimpy Kid, because he can’t stand up for himself. Kevin and Max think Bubba’s cool.

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  22. Posted by EC9 on May 23, 2011 at 11:19 pm

    I think Bubba has friends and Nolan doesn’t because maybe Kevin and Max are mean too. I think they still hang out with him because they are also mean and maybe they are friends because of that. And maybe Kevin and Max are big so Bubba can’t bully them.

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  23. Posted by ec13 on May 30, 2011 at 4:09 pm

    One reason that Bubba has friends and Nolan does not is that Nolan is bulled by Bubba and Bubba set the tone that Nolan was a “nerd”. People would get bulled if they played with a “nerd”.The reason that Bubba has friends is kids hang out with him so they will not get bulled or they feel insecure and feel like nobody likes them so they become friends with a bullie . Often people who become friends with bullies become bullies themselves .

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  24. Posted by EC19 on May 30, 2011 at 8:34 pm

    I think Kevin and Max look at Bubba as a superpower in the school so if they hang out with him they won’t get pounded and other kids might think they are a superpower to. Also I think Kevin and Max have the same intentions as Bubba which is bullying kids.

    I think Nolan has no friends because from his nickname people think he’s a nerd. When he gets high test scores and wears his socks out side his pants people think he is a nerd not just because of his nickname. If he also makes silly mistakes like falling off his chair people laugh at him and don’t want to be his friend.

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