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Fire Scare Reminiscing

Wow. I guess that whole “schedule” plan was thrown right out the window. But, at least I remembered eventually!

Speaking of remembering, today I remembered some interesting events from my middle school days when we had a fire scare at school. Towards the end of the day, there was apparently a smell of gas coming from a science classroom so the school was promptly evacuated. I don’t particularly think it is a good thing that I was able to approximate the exact amount of time it would take for the fire department to arrive, and how long it would take for us to get back to class, but I did. The only reason I was able to do so was because at my middle school we would often have kids who thought they were cool pull the fire alarm. It got to the point where there were so many fire scares that the fire department resorted to putting something like paint into the alarm itself so it would spray the person who pulled the alarm. That way, the perpetrator would be, quite literally, caught red handed.

What I really want to know about kids who do bad things like that is why. What is their reasoning behind doing such things? Do they think it’s funny? Do they think they’re cool? Or are they merely not told that doing such a thing is an actual crime that forces one to pay a fine of at least $100?

Another, much more serious, example also happened in middle school. I still remember that day quite clearly:

It was the seventh grade, only perhaps a day after the one-year anniversary of the Virginia Tech shooting. I was in my last class of the day, which was science. An announcement was made that we would be having a lock-down drill, which is basically a drill in which we practice what to do if there is ever a situation where a person who could be a threat is in the building. So, my entire class huddled into a corner behind the teacher’s desk and sat.
The first fifteen minutes was annoying, as everyone was mumbling and giggling quietly, all blissfully unaware of what was going on. Then, my teacher got an email. He read it, talked to the assistant teacher for a short minute, then went back to his computer as she (the assistant) watched us. After another ten minutes of unruly children getting on her nerves, the assistant told us something that made us re-think our loudness:
We were in an actual lock-down situation.

Everyone was astonished and listened carefully as she described the email our teacher had received, which stated that a student went to the office claiming she had been assaulted when she was in the bathroom. We were quiet for a while, thinking this over, but eventually most students simply wrote it off as nothing. Then, thirty minutes or so into the lock-down, a frustrated student told us something I will never forget:
“GUYS! Be quiet!” he said in a hushed voice. “VA Tech was a year ago yesterday! That could be us today.”

For the rest of the time we spent locked down, we were quiet. We left school almost a half hour late and I was greeted at my doorstep by my incredibly worried mother. I explained what had happened to her, then got a call on my cell phone. It was a friend of mine who had missed the lock down since she left early for a doctors appointment. She spoke rapidly, asking me if I was okay and wondering what had happened. She said she had returned to school only to find police, yes police, outside of school. 5 police cars, as well as news vans were waiting at the front of the school. I hadn’t realized the magnitude of this event, but it was going to get worse.

The next day, the girl who claimed to have been assaulted did not go to school. I heard she did not return that week, month, or even year. Throughout school, it was said that the girl had been expelled for lying and causing the lock down. Yes, it was true. She lied. It was a widely accepted rumor that the girl was sent to “juvy” for what she had done. So, the only question left was why. Why did she do such a horrible thing? Why did she scare an entire school into lock-down? The answer I found, the final, true answer, was horrendous.

She didn’t want to take a math test.

She lied and faced criminal charges over a math test. All I could wonder was what had made her think that was a good idea. Had she really thought she would have no punishment? Did she really think she would actually get away with it? Who knows.

It also made me wonder about her home situation. Did her parents never tell her such things are wrong? Did they exhibit poor behaviors too? What was the true, underlying cause of her actions?! I never did find the answer, but I do know one thing:
She did eventually have to take a math test. Not the exact one, but she had to be tested eventually.

Adults, don’t let your kids to stray down the path of wrongness. Do not permit such awful ideas into their heads, as you never know which ones they will decide to preform.

~Such are the thoughts of a Bipolar Teenager~

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Monkey See, Monkey Do

Day late on a post. Wonderful

Today’s post goes out to all the screwed-up people who claim a right to call themselves “adults.”

I think that a huge part of being considered an adult is having the ability to be an example for modern youth. This means showing youth the proper behaviors they should exhibit when they grow up. Many people are wonderful at this, and those are the people who aid in raising good, well-adjusted youth. However, as I look around, there are so many people who are seriously lacking in this field.

Example:
For the past week in my Health class there has been a guest speaker who has been teaching the students about the harmful effects of drugs. This person is a good example of somebody who is teaching us proper behaviors. Not taking drugs, not drinking alcohol, these are very important lessons that we are lucky to learn.
The assistant teacher however, lets call her Ms. H, who told a student to repeatedly “shut up,” is not a good example. This woman, who is being educated on how to run a classroom, told a girl in my class to shut up because she was talking. To make matters worse, the student protested to the teacher telling her this and the teacher repeated herself. Thus, an argument broke out between the two. The guest speaker had to stop his speech and the teacher merely stood there, waiting on them to finish.

Now, telling a student that they have to be quiet is one thing, but using the term “shut up” is one of the worst possible things to say in that situation. This shows that it is okay to say such a thing. Although “shut up” isn’t really foul language, it still isn’t nice and should be discouraged. Then, just standing there and allowing an argument to unfold in a classroom situation is just as bad as getting into an argument. The teacher should have stepped in, told the assistant she had been wrong, and then had both assistant and student apologize to the speaker. However, no, she just stood there as if it was no big deal.

Setting a proper example for children, especially in early stages of development, is immensely important. Without a proper example at home or school, kids really can’t grasp a sense of right and wrong, and as such, could tend to do more wrong. Then, because of the wrong they do, they get into trouble which leads to either a miracle reform, or more likely, to anger. This anger causes kids to want to make the lives of the ones they detest horrible, so they perform more actions that get them into trouble. Obviously, this chain of events is not one that ends well for anybody.

It really isn’t all that hard to set a proper example. If you’re a teacher it can be as simple as taking an interest in your students. Show them that getting a good education will help them in life. If they struggle, ask if they want your assistance. This shows them it is okay to seek help when they need it most. Of course, the list of things teachers can do is a long one, so I can’t go into everything right now.

PARENTS AND GUARDIANS, PAY ATTENTION! It can be as simple as that! Although I can’t imagine how hard it is to raise a child, there are some very simple things that many parents often forget to do. Paying attention is the most simple one of these things. Paying attention to the things you say around your kids, paying attention the things your kids say, paying attention to the kinds of TV programs they watch, all of it helps! If you pay attention to the behaviors of your child, you can praise them on the good ones (studying for example) and discourage the bad ones (smoking, drinking, etc.)

Remember, children imitate almost all they see. Nobody is perfect, and I know everyone slips up every now and then. However, you must, must, must show kids how certain things are bad while others are good. In some, it could mean the difference between becoming the next president or the next death row inmate.

~Such are the thoughts of a bipolar teenager~