It's been years since I've been in high school, and I wonder whatever became of these kids. Did they wise up, learn their lessons the hard way, or are they still the same spoiled brats?
I often look at the juvenile delinquents we have at our school and weep for the future. Yet, despite all this, most of them turn out okay.
I had a case many years back when there was this rather precocious boy who spoke to the teachers like they were his friends. He wasn't being rude; he spoke to his mother like that and it was just how he was. To some teachers, though, this was a hanging offence! "I'm going to punish him for every little thing," one teacher said to me, "because I don't like the way he talks to me." And most of the other teachers behaved the same. They didn't see that yes, his home background left something to be desired (his mother, I think, dealt drugs and his father wasn't in evidence), but that all he needed was some attention.
Unlike the other teachers, I treated him the same as all the other kids. I ignored his tone when he spoke to me because he couldn't help it. I just treated him one-on-one like I would any other child. Guess which was the only subject he passed? Hint: I teach English.
A few years later some teachers were talking about him and said, "Oh, I bet he's in jail or has gotten some girl pregnant." I said, "I'll take that bet."
A month ago I saw him. Working. At his job in a speciality shop in a mall. Dressed very smartly, working with customers. He told me he's doing great, lives just around the corner from that mall (which is in a RICH area) and is happy.
Not to put too fine a point on it, but I went back to school and basically said, "HA!!"
I've had other similar instances. So it does give one a little bit of hope for the future.