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A Price to Pay

As told to Bassi Kohn

There I was, dangling in the air, terrified, in the second week of ninth grade. Me — little, wimpy, shy — Chaviva Golding, was being held hostage by Malka, a classmate, who was literally gripping me. “Put me down,” I heaved, again and again. But Malka only squeezed tighter.

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

view A group of girls surrounded us in the hallway. Aliza, who had known Malka in elementary school, appealed to her. “Malka,” she begged. “What are you doing to Chaviva? Put her down.”

“Not until she apologizes,” Malka barked.

“For what?” I sputtered.

Malka laughed. “You know for what!” she said.

She marched down the hallway toward the ninth-grade classrooms, waving me around, my wimpy body swallowed in her huge arms.

A gaggle of girls rushed after us, hollering at Malka. “Put Chaviva down! What’s wrong with you? Be normal!” they yelled.

 

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