The New Kid – Short Film

The New Kid – Short Film


Come in. Good morning kids. I am sorry to interrupt the lesson but I have an important announcement to make. Starting today you will have a new classmate. Her names is Fatma. And Fatma is from Siria. I need you to welcome her, to play with her and be nice to her. Alright? Where did she came from? Does she speak Greek? What is she wearing on her head? They don’t bathe. Did you see her headscarve? Yes, it’s so weird. And look at her shoes. She doesn’t speak our language. She probably speaks nonsense. She is coming towards us. I don’t want her to sit next to me. No don’t sit. Now you can sit. Can give me pencil? No take yours. Don’t talk during class. But teacher Fatma spoke! Silence. Here is the plan, we are going to hit her. Yeah with branches. Let’s two a bananas at her so she will slip and fall. Let’s throw paper at her during break. We can lock her in the restroom. No no let’s lock her inside the headmasters office so will get punished. I think we should throw waterballons at her. We can rip off her stuff. Helen play! Now Why are you helping her? You will become like her. I am already like her. Goodmorning. Sorry to interrupt. But there’s been an incident that I need to talk about to the students. In the last break someone wrote on the back wall with permanent marker. The door is lock so no one has been in our out of school during that time so that means that the person who did this is here. Also some sixthgraders told me that they saw a kid from this class near the wall around that time doing something. Fatma did it for sure! Don’t blame anyone if you don’t know what happened for sure. It’s not fair. No. Fair. I did it. Fatma are you telling the truth? You might get detention if you did. I am telling the truth teacher. Fatma is a good thing that you admit it but you need to come by my office in the break to talk about detention. Fatma can we talk to you for a minute? Yes, talk. You saved us. You lied to the headmaster and took the fall for us when all we did was make fun of you. We all wanted to say we are sorry for mistreating you. You are a good kid. You are not like us but you might be better than us. Not better. Fatma is like you. Do you want to play with me now? Yes, Fatma we do. All children are the same and it doesn’t matter if we come from the same country if we don’t believe in the same God, if we are rich or poor, if we have some mental or physical disability. All children have the same rights and we must be treated equally , in the same way Every person can be different but we are also unique.

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