For some reason, I hadn’t slept enough, so I headed to class, holding back a sigh. When I entered the classroom, thinking that I might fall asleep during class, my classmates who were already at school turned to me at once. Why the commotion?
“Renya…I’ll clean it up soon, so don’t worry about it too much…”
For some reason, Fujibayashi and Saijo, who were scrubbing my desk with a towel, started talking to me. I wondered what the hell was going on, but then I looked at my desk and my question was answered.
My desk had been scribbled with the words “molester” and “criminal.
I didn’t think it was possible, but how could anyone in high school do such a childish thing? I couldn’t help but sigh.
“Renya…I’m on your side…”
Fujibayashi tries to comfort me, as if she thinks I’m depressed.
“Damn it, who did this to him!”
Saijo was also indignant, but I took my seat without paying attention to it.
“Calm down, okay? Homeroom is about to start.”
“Why are you so calm, Renya⁉︎”
“That’s right Renya! Aren’t you frustrated that they are doing this to you?”
Why are you guys getting all heated up about something that didn’t happen to you?
“Calm down. I’m surprised? High school students do such silly things. Besides, it’s not like you’re going to have any practical problems with graffiti on my desk.”
If it’s a textbook or similar, that’s a problem, but if it’s a desk, it won’t affect my normal use.
“But that doesn’t mean we should let this go. I’m sure he’ll try something.”
“Yes, Renya. I’m worried.”
If Saijo was right, and they were bullying me, this would not be the end of it. They’ll do something else to me.
“I certainly don’t want you to do anything more. If they do. It’ll be okay.”
With Saijo and Fujibayashi not convinced, I looked at the back of the classroom. There is no particular change from the last time I looked.
“? What are you looking at, Renya?”
Fujibayashi, wondering about my gaze, asks me, but I just cover it up.
“Homeroom is about to start. Take your seats.”
Fujibayashi and Saijo, who still wanted to say something, took their seats as the homeroom teacher arrived. I remember that we had a mobile class in third period today.
As I listened to the homeroom teacher take roll call, I decided on my schedule for the day. I hope I can get a good night’s sleep today…
After school, I quickly left the classroom and headed for another class room. I waited in the hallway for a while, and when the student I wanted came out, I called out to him.
“Yoo. I’d like to have a word with you.”
“…Tsukuyomi? What do you want from me?”
“I’m afraid we’ll be seen here, so let’s change places.”
“…… I’m sorry, but I have plans–“
“Just follow me. Okay?”
I interrupted a male student who tried to refuse my invitation, saying he had plans. I want to finish it today.
“……… All right.”
“Well, lets go”
With that, the two of us head to an empty classroom.
“So? What do you want from me, Tsukuyomi?”
“First, take a look at this guy.”
As soon as we entered the classroom, the male student started talking to me, annoyed. I don’t want to waste time talking either, so I get right to the point. I took out my video camera from my bag and showed him the video.
It showed the boy in front of me scribbling on my desk.
“Where did you find this…?”
“I left it on top of the cleaning kit in the back of the classroom, camouflaged by a pile of buckets and rags. I left it there just in case, but I never thought I’d have to use it.”
I couldn’t read him! This Rehak’s eyes ( abbreviation )
Who does this kind of crap until they’re in high school? I always carried a voice recorder with me in case I got involved myself, but that one never came into play.
I went to the nurse’s office during the third period, and when no one was there, I went back to the classroom to check the video. After that, I found out which class he was in, but it took me a long time to find out, and it was after school.
But I’m glad I managed to make it before school. It was a hassle to change the battery every day after school or early in the morning when no one was around. Thanks to this, I haven’t been sleeping well. I can sleep well after today.
The male student groaned and took a step toward me. I call out to him to check it out.
“Of course I have a backup. So there’s no point in destroying this video camera.”
He clicks his tongue, but keeps talking, making sure that I don’t come any closer. I’m the one who wants to click my tongue. You’ve wasted my time and effort.
“I’ll let it slide this time, but the next time anyone does anything to me or my property, I’ll post this video on the Internet with your real name and the name of the school.”
Well, I don’t know this guy’s name.
“Wha…..Don’t do that!”
The boy is getting impatient when he was told that it will be posted on the internet. Then don’t do it in the first place. I can’t help but sigh.
“I didn’t mind if you were just talking behind my back. But if you’re going to physically do something to me, that’s a different story. What’s next, going to hide things or mug me? I don’t want that.”
The boy is silent, as if I have a point. Bullying is a pattern, right?
When Miyamoto was being bullied, they used a similar technique, but these guys would shut up when there was proof.
“As I said before, if you don’t do anything more, I won’t do anything either. You won’t have to deal with me either.””
“…… I understand.”
The boy was relieved, though he was suspicious because I said I wouldn’t do anything. He’s leaving the classroom as it is, but I was not done talking yet.
“Do you understand what I’m saying? I said that if anyone did anything to me or my things, even if it wasn’t you, I would release the video. If anyone else is trying to mess with me, make sure you stop them.”
“Wha…That’s none of my business!”
“Then you might get someone else to do it. Besides, aren’t you already in cahoots with someone else anyway?”
I have an image that bullying is not done alone, but in groups. Bullying can be done in a playful way, like making one person the enemy to strengthen the group’s unity, or saying, “I did this, now you do that.”
“Just make sure you ask your friend, okay? Tell them not to do anything more to me, because I don’t want the footage to get out.”
I walked past the silent boy and left the classroom.
Honestly…..You’re wasting my time. If you’re going to stop talking after this little manipulation, don’t do it in the first place. Do you have that much free time on your hands?