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Chapter 3

When Henry Moore was six years old he earned the nickname Bad Henry. Henry had bullied other kids ever since he could walk but one autumn day he became notorious in Moreau County when his first grade class took a field trip to the Bluff City Riverside Park to celebrate United Nations Day. The park stood on the Mississippi riverfront and Henry's class lined the road to watch a small parade go by. Costumed people walking on giant stilts and then ten floats representing the ten free-trade realms rolled past as U.N. representatives handed out U.N. flags to all the small children.

After the parade Henry started acting up on the big sliding board ladder. The tall lanky kid above him named Davy-Jake Diamond was climbing up too slowly so Henry grabbed the back of his belt and pulled him off. The kid hit the ground hard and broke his left arm. Henry slid down smiling as the kid lay there wailing.

When he got to the bottom a tattletale kid named Ricky Machado was jumping up and down yelling at the backs of the grown-ups circled around Davy-Jake. "Henry did it! Henry did it!"

Henry was only six years old but was big enough to be a third-grader. He walked over to the kid, spun him around, and jammed the pointed end of his U.N. flag pole into the kid's hollering mouth. Blood gushed out of Ricky's mouth and Henry ran away. He knew the grown-ups would stop him and he wanted to find another victim before it was too late. Hurting something was the only thing that made him feel calm.

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