Denny Parker lived in a bad place. Because of a youth gang（帮派）, he wanted to leave the area. The gang often caused trouble in the high school. As he was walking out of history class one day, Denny bumped（撞上） into another student. “Sorry,” he said, and kept walking. But he was stopped. Turning around, he found himself facing a very large， angry boy. It was Bill Douglas, a member of the gang!
“Hey，you pushed me!” Bill cried.
“Come on, Bill,” answered Denny, “I said I was sorry.”
“You’re going to be sorry,” Bill said. “I will give you a lesson after school.”
“Oh, no,” thought Denny, hurrying to his next class. “I’m in trouble now.” The more he thought about it， the more fearful he became.
Then a word came to Denny’s mind—courage. He decided to face it with courage. He had nothing to lose—except a few teeth. After school, many students waited on the corner. News had spread that there would be a fight． Bill Douglas and his gang were waiting, too.
“Hey, Parker,” Bill laughed as Denny walked near. “Let me teach you a lesson.”
Denny answered loudly, “Well, come on. I’m not afraid.”
There was silence. Then the students began to applaud（鼓掌）.They cried, “Denny! Denny!” The noise was very loud. The gang members ran away one by o