As a child, I've suffered through many tough decisions. I've been pressured by my peers to do the wrong thing. I've also been pressured by my peers to do positive things. Drs. George Jenkins, Sam Davis and Rameck Hunt, who are the authors of The Pact (with Lisa Frazier Page), have also been pressured by their peers to do both positive and negative things. Growing up through middle school and high school is tough because kids are always trying to get other kids to do the wrong thing. Most of the kids actually do some of the stupid things so they can fit in. I remember when I was in middle school I did almost anything to get my friends approval. Even if it meant I had to do something that was going to get me into trouble. I remember a particular event in middle school in which involved my friends and me in the middle school cafeteria.
In my middle school during lunch, we had a teacher who would walk around and observe the students to make sure that the students would not cause any trouble. We had supervised lunches in middle school because young teenage students can not be trusted without adult supervision. We had a ten minute period at the end of lunch in which nobody could say a word. If you said anything in that ten minute period, you got into serious trouble. When I was in sixth grade, my friends and I had a round table in a corner that was right next to an exit. About ten minutes before the lunch period ended, we had to be quiet and the teacher supervising would dismiss each table one by one. One afternoon, my table was not quite. The tall intimidating male teacher heard us and began to yell into our faces.
"You guys stay right there and don't think of sneaking out that door!" said the teacher.
We were so nervous that we just did exactly what he said. But, of course Brian wanted to be the tough guy. The teacher walked up to us and told us to report to his room before activity period, so he could discuss to us about our attitude problem. We were excused to leave the cafeteria and left with unanswered questions. Are we going to get a detention? Is that psycho going to kill me?
I went up to his room before activity period. My friends followed me up the stairs acting as if they could feel no pain from anything this teacher could throw at us. As soon as we walked in there, he gave us the silent treatment. He delivered the scariest lecture that I had ever received in my life. His lecture was about him being upset with us since we didn't respect the ten minute period that we had to be quiet for. Then, out of the middle of no where, he asked us a question. Brian answered it and the teacher got right in his face yelling, "Was I talking to you tough guy."
Brian tried to keep his cool, but he broke down and started to cry. He continued to punish us with his words of despair. When he finished his lecture, he sent us back down stairs to our home-room. We did not get into any serious trouble, which was good, because I didn't...