The character of Mark Wolfe goes against the flow of last week’s post about the eighth graders. Sure, he bullied Mark as well shall see but except for an incident where he spit his drink into Mark’s face in the presence of one of the other eighth graders, his bullying was more individual. When the eighth graders collectively bullied Mark, Mark Wolfe was never among them.
It is after Mark is cut from the basketball team that the first incident with Mark Wolfe takes place. This particular instance, it is more a case of vandalism then bullying, although the two can be related. Mark goes to get his bike after school one day only to see Mark Wolfe beating the tyre with a chain and his bike in ruins. Wolfe and his three accomplices deny doing anything to the bike, claiming it was in that state when they got to it. Not believing the believing the story, Mark tells his mother and grandfather what he saw who take him to the police station. A report is filled out and a detective goes into school and questions Mark Wolfe. Naturally, he sticks to his story but admits that he was only trying to take the back tyre, the only part of the bike not destroyed. Furthermore, a friend is with him and simply corroborates everything Wolfe tells the detective. With no real evidence, Mark Wolfe is let go, although some readers have questioned the detective’s approach in the interrogation. If he had questioned both boys separately, then Wolfe’s story might have broken down but we’ll never know.
Two weeks later, Wolfe gets his revenge on Mark for dobbing him to the police as well as the ongoing resentment the eighth graders had for him for quitting the football team. He kicks Mark’s now repaired bike, damaging the sprocket and takes his books out of the basket and throws them across the school yard. All the time, he is threatening violence upon Mark. The fact that he has a small audience encourages him more and adds to the humiliation even further. While there are no more major instances like this, Wolfe continues to bully Mark on a low level scale.
Still, the bullying is enough for Mark to list Mark Wolfe as a prime target on the day he gets revenge. Mark fires into a crowd of eighth graders sitting on the school steps. Wolfe escapes the initial blast but makes the fatal mistake of running past Mark who simply cuts him down with a hail of bullets. A few minutes later, as Mark is heading to his next ‘kill zone,’ he passes Wolfe laying on the ground and pumps another burst from the Uzi into him.
I drew inspiration for the character of Mark Wolfe from a boy named Mike Fox. First of all, Mike Fox did not destroy my bike in the way I described. That did happen but it involved some other kids who hadn’t bullied me. I simply took creative license there. However, the other incident where he kicked my bike and threw my books across the schoolyard did. He also spat his drink in my face and carried out other low level bullying against me. Again, like with all the other bullies, the olive branch is there should he wish to take it and of course admit his part in the hell I suffered during those years.
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