Reflections from Students

Drawn by Madi, Grade 3, HES.

I have learned from reading The Boy Who Was Bullied that I can do all things and I should never ever bully.” – Danielle, Grade 5, Priestman Street School                         

“I learned that you should not bully people and everyone should be treated the same way as everyone else.” – Abby, Grade 5, Priestman Street School

“I thought the book was very descriptive and overwhelming in some places.  It was the best book I ever read.” – Jace, Grade 5, Southern Carleton Elementary  School.                               

“For me the book was fantastic but it was also sad.” – Erica, Grade 5,   Southern Carleton Elementary School                                                                                                                            

“In the book John lost his arm because of a fire and then he was bullied by some children.  Even though he went through some hard stuff he grew up to be a good person and he didn’t take all his anger out on the bullies.”  – Nick, Grade 5, Southern Carleton Elementary School

The Boy Who Was Bullied is a great book.  It shows how anyone who has been bullied or put down can still stand up and stay strong.”  – Natasha, Grade 5, Southern Carleton Elementary School

“This book made me feel how John was feeling throughout.  The story inspired me to make my own book.” – Alyssa, Grade 5, Southern Carleton Elementary

“I loved this book very much!  It was so interesting.  It is a great book to learn more about bullying, whether you’re being bullied or you are the bully.” – Kaitlyn, Grade 5, Southern Carleton Elementary

“I think this book will encourage other kids not to bully.  It helps us to know we are all really the same no matter if we are a different shape or size or if we’ve lost an arm or leg or are in a wheelchair.   I loved the song, Human Rights for Everyone, too!”   – Dylan, Grade 5,Southern Carleton Elementary                                                                                                                          

 “How did this happen that a boy from a small place in New Brunswick did such important things in the world!?” – Grade 5 student, Brown’s Flat School

“I think I’m going to like reading this book.” – Bradaigh,  Grade 5, Fundy Shores School

 “I want to know more about what happened to John’s arm.” – Payton, Grade 5, Fundy Shores School

 “I’m interested to know what his childhood was like and what inspired him as an adult to make the world a better place.” – Jolene, Grade 8, Fundy Shores School

“You did an awesome job on the book.” – Jynessa, Grade 3, Hampton Elementary School

“Thank you for the presentation. Your book sounds very good. I hope I can read it someday!” – Gillian, Grade 3, Hampton Elementary School

“Thanks for your presentation and teaching us a bout John Peters Humphrey. Congratulations on your book.” – Victoria, Grade 3, Hampton Elementary School

“Thank you for teaching me about John Peters Humphrey. You taught me a lot of things that I didn’t know.  – Devin, Grade 3, Hampton Elementary School

“Thank you for doing the presentation for us. Congratulations for finishing the book,  and showing us that bullying is not nice just because you’re different.” – Madi, Grade 3, Hampton Elementary School

“When I see someone who has lost an arm or leg, I won’t laugh. I will think of John Humphrey and how special he was.” – Jadyn, Grade 4, Geary Elementary School

“I learned that it’s really bad to bully. Even though John was bullied because of his missing arm, he was able to grow up and do amazing things.  He did a lot for human rights.” – Samantha, Grade 5, Geary Elementary School

“It is very important to spread John Humphrey’s message, and let everyone have human rights, because some other people are less fortunate than us. Some people don’t have enough food or water, or a roof over their heads.  – Abby, Grade 4, Geary Elementary School

“From reading The Boy Who Was Bullied, I learned that human rights are for everyone and all of us in the world should be treated equally.” – Natalie, Grade 5, Geary Elementary School

“I learned from reading The Boy Who Was Bullied that bullying is not nice or fair to the person getting hurt.” – Mia, Grade 4, Geary Elementary School

“I learned from reading the book that bullying is really serious because someone can get hurt. I learned that John Humphrey is so brave.” – Brianna, Grade 5, Geary Elementary School

“I think John Humphrey became a hero because he wrote that Human Rights are for everyone.” – Alexa, Grade 5, Geary Elementary School

“When we read The Boy Who Was Bullied, I learned don’t judge someone by the front cover, like their size or shape. And never play with fire.” – Jenna, Grade 4, Geary Elementary School

“I learned from reading the book not to play with fire and I can be what I want to be.” – Hanna, Grade 4, Geary Elementary School

“I learned that people who are different you shouldn’t bully them. I also learned that John Humphrey wrote the draft copy of the human rights. ” – Renee, Grade 5, Geary Elementary School

“I learned from John Humphrey that bullying hurts people’s feelings.” – Emily, Grade 4, Geary Elementary School

“I learned that no matter how different a person is, do not bully them.” – Sheldon, Grade 4, Geary Elementary School

“I liked reading your book. I think someday it will be popular around the world. My favourite photo is the old school on p. 73 where John went to school when he was a boy.”- Isaac, Grade 4, Brown’s Flat Elementary

“I really loved the book about John Peters Humphrey. It took me 18 days to read it. It was really cool the day John Humphrey got a call from the UN asking him to be the Human Rights Director.”- Sylvia, Grade 4, Hampton Elementary

“The book reminded me that some people are not being fair to others and it made me feel very grateful for my life. I think it is important to carry on John Humphrey’s message so that everyone knows we should all be treated equal.”- Paige, Grade 5

“John Humphrey was bullied really bad and he wanted to help make sure nobody else had to feel that pain. The book definitely taught me that everybody has human rights.”- Rachel, Grade 5

“I think this book is for kids all over the world to show them that if they are bullied they can’t give up on themselves. If you have a disability, don’t give up. Go on with your life.” – Grade 6 student, Harold Peterson Middle School

“I think that The Boy Who Was Bullied was a really good book and that John Humphrey is an important part of Canadian history because he helped write the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.”- Craig, Grade 6

“I learned that bullying is cruel and can change someone forever. We are lucky there are Human Rights. I think John Humphrey was a hero because, even though he was bullied, he still thought positively and believed in himself.”- Incé, Grade 5

“I learned that human rights are meant for everyone and not just who you want it to be for and if you want it to be for everyone you have to try to get other people to stop bullying.”- Hanna, Grade 6

“I think it’s great that John Humphrey spread the message to the world that bullies need to know how people feel about being made fun of. I learned that you should treat people with respect.”- Jacob, Grade 6

“Since reading The Boy Who Was Bullied, I realize how hurtful it can be to be bullied. John was bullied because he only had one arm.People called him names and were just very mean. It is important for people to not bully!”- Jessica, Grade 6

“John Humphrey faced discrimination; he went through bullying; he went through being an orphan. He was the perfect person to draft the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.”  Libby, Grade 7,  Gagetown School, NB.

“John Humphrey wanted everyone to be equal because he knew what it felt like to be bullied and he knew that he had to do something about it. John Humhrey could have just sat there feeling sorry for himself, but he stood up and wrote the Declaration of Human Rights.”  Mackenzie, Grade 7 student, Gagetown School, NB

“John Humphrey understood what it felt like to be bullied. He felt discrimination. He wanted all people to be equal before the law.”  Jade, Grade 7 student, Gagetown, NB

John Humphrey was bullied a lot when he was a kid. Instead of using his fist to solve the problem he was motivated by the experience to write the draft of the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights. After reading ‘The Boy Who Was Bullied’ you have to think John Humphrey was a hero. After all that he’d been through, he changed the world.” Owen, Grade 7 student, Gagetown School, NB

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