“Bad Girl” is a popular declamation piece among elementary and secondary students. The piece has circulated around the web, but no one can pinpoint who wrote this. The piece is written in first-person POV (point of view) about how the persona became “bad” because of neglect and bad influence from the society around her.
The piece talks about a rebellious teenager or a “problem child” who is, deep down, crying for help. The girl blames people and flaunts her wrong-doings, but in the end, she asks her parents and her elders to come help her.
Hey! Everybody seems to be staring at me. You! You! All of you! How dare you to stare at me?!
Why? Is it because I`m a bad girl? A bad girl I am, a good for nothing teenager – a problem child? That`s what you call me!
I smoke. I drink. I gamble at my young tender age. I lie. I cheat, and I could even kill, if I have to.
Yes, I`m a bad girl, but where are my parents? You! You! You are my good parents? My good elder brother and sister in this society where I live?
Look! Look at me…. What have you done to me? You have pampered and spoiled me, neglected me when I needed you most! Entrusted me to a yaya, whose intelligence was much lower than mine, while you go about your parties, your meetings and gambling session. Thus… I drifted away from you! Longing for a father`s love, yearning for a mother`s care!
As I grew up, everything changed! You, too, have changed! You spent more time in your poker and majong tables, bars and night clubs. You even landed on the headlines of the newspaper as crooks, peddlers and racketeers. Now, you call me names, accuse me of everything I do to myself?
Tell me! How good are you? If you really wish to ensure my future… Then hurry….hurry back home! Where I await you, because I need you. Protect me from all evil influences that will threaten me at my very own understanding. But if I am bad, really bad…then, you’ve got to help me! Help me! Oh please… Help me!