The girl next door knocked and asked the boy to come to her house. He did, and as they approached, someone yelled, “Get him!” The group of girls grabbed the boy and pulled him to the ground. They began yelling at him, whipping him with branches and throwing stones at him. Eventually, somehow, the boy made it back home.
Years later the boy, now a man, asked the girl, now a woman, about the incident. The woman said, “We were just kids.”
The man said, “But I knew not to do that to people when I was a kid. Why did you do that to me? Was it because we were friends with (an unpopular family in the neighbourhood)?”
“I never thought that,” the woman replied. “I always thought it was because you were different."