Chapter 1 of 4: Troublemaker Donny decided to make trouble for both Emily and Cindy. He would tell Emily that Cindy spread a rumor about her. He would tell Cindy that Emily was spreading a rumor about her. Emily’s inner wisdom alerted her that Donny was lying; therefore, she did not take the rumor seriously. Unfortunately, Cindy believed Donny was telling the truth. She was determined to get revenge on Emily for tainting her name. Would Cindy realize the truth before it was too late?
Chapter 1: Cindy Retaliates by Spreading a False Rumor about Emily
Cindy walked down the hall and blinked her eyes hard. No way was she going to let anybody know that her feelings just got hurt. She suddenly forced herself to smile, walked up to one of her friends, Alicia, and said, “Do you know what Donny just said?”
Alicia said, “No, what?”
Cindy said, “He just said that he heard that Emily went into the boy’s bathroom over at the Community Center.”
Alicia said, “Really? Oh, my! Was someone with her?”
“What do you think?” Cindy replied mysteriously.
Drawing her own conclusions, Alicia started off at almost a run. “Just wait until I tell Pam about this!”
Cindy smiled complacently. Feeling calmer, she walked to her locker. She was determined that she was not going to let her mind stray to what Donny had really said until she got home. If she let herself think about it for even one minute, she just knew that she would burst out crying. Instead, she wondered who else she could get Emily in trouble with.
Cindy thought, “That will show Emily for starting rumors that aren’t true. Well, two can play that game.” Before the day was out, Cindy was determined to smear Emily’s reputation with a few more key people.
Teacher Says Or Asks: Why was Cindy so upset?
Students Respond: Cindy was upset because she learned from Donny that Emily had started a false rumor about her.
Teacher Says Or Asks: What did Cindy do about this false rumor?
Students Respond: Cindy decided to get revenge on Emily by spreading a false rumor about her. She told Alicia who planned to tell Pam what she heard.
Teacher Says Or Asks: What was the false rumor that Cindy was now spreading about Emily?
Students Respond: Cindy reported to Alicia that Donny had heard that Emily had gone into the boy’s bathroom at the Community Center. When Alicia asked if someone had gone into the bathroom with her, Cindy replied, “What do you think?” Of course, this gave Alicia the idea that Emily had probably gone into the bathroom with some guy.
Teacher Says Or Asks: What do you think Donny really told Cindy that got her so upset?
Students Respond: (Accept Reasonable Answers.)
Teacher Says Or Asks: What should have Cindy done instead of trying to get revenge?
Students Respond: Cindy should have checked her facts with Emily.
Click here to read Chapter 2 of 4 – Who Really Started the Rumor about Cindy?
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