11-gusandbart2-300x2401-150x150-largebbb5e3c9-d1f9-4f11-9712-c807684ac705-largeWere you part of the most popular crowd in school? Sometimes popularity began in grammar school and by the time you reached high school you formed a group of the most popular students. In many books and movies, the story line tends to be that the most popular group are also the biggest bullies. When I was in school, the most popular boys and girls wore the latest fashion, attended exclusive events and only associated with the teenagers in their group. In all high schools there are now a variety of groups but since its been a long time since I attended school, I am not sure if┬áthere still only one┬ámost popular group. There seems to be from all the commercials for a variety of television shows about the most popular groups, that they are primarily girls. I once saw an old show about a teenage girl who had a crush on a popular boy. He couldn’t stand her and his parents even saw him be rude to her. They forced him to apologize and ask her to the Junior Prom. Then he asked his father how he could get out of it as he really wanted to take a girl who was the most popular in school. The dad said to make the first girl popular. Not only did it work, but the girl then turned him down as the date for the Junior Prom because she met a boy who had more of the same interests. The boy who had made her popular naturally now wanted to take her to the prom. Its amazing how turning a negative into a positive can change everything. I saw a commercial for a move entitled “Duff.” I was really surprised because their definition of Duff was designated ugly fat friend. So, I guess that the most popular still exists and what’s worse they now have terms for the people they bully. Bullies sadly come in all forms. Not only the most popular groups do it but adults in the work place, countries, and even animals bully each other. The only initial bully in the Good Gus Series is Bad Bart. He is stopped in his tracks which is important for all children to recognize. I hope as you discuss bullying and the most popular children with your family, you will use “Pecos Meets Bad Bart” as an example of “no bullying allowed.”