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Rumors Leave Teen Feeling Alone
I am a 17-year-old senior in high school. I enjoy doing all the things that you do in your last year of high school like going to lots of parties, playing volleyball and hanging out with my friends. Then over the winter break, a girl who I thought was my friend started a terrible rumor about me and one of my friends' boyfriends, saying we "hooked up" one night at a party. Cherie, this isn't true!
Yes, we flirted a little bit and danced together, but that was the end of it. This guy is really popular in school and has lots of friends, and he isn't denying it! And now I'm basically an outcast. Nothing I say seems to make any difference with my so-called friends! I feel so abandoned and alone. I did talk to my dad about it, and he says that these girls weren't really friends of mine and I am better off. He just doesn't get it! I don't think anybody can help me with this, but I am so bitter and sad all the time that I don't even want to go to school anymore. I just get stared at and whispered about. I feel like my life is over.
—Outcast in High School
Oh love, I'm so sorry for what you are going through. These are the things that can really challenge you in life, and make you truly see who your friends are. Life can be so full of trials and tribulations when you feel judged by your peers for anything, especially something you didn't do! What you have to remember is that you are not responsible for anyone else's actions, and you can live your life by your own standards and allow your actions to speak for themselves.
These so-called friends of yours are just that. You keep your head up high and speak your truth if you are asked to.
I am so sick and tired of my little sister! I am 14, and she is 12. She always is into my stuff, and because we share a room I can't exactly kick her out of it! My parents will tell her to leave my stuff alone, but she just keeps on doing it! It's driving me crazy trying to find hiding places and sneaking around just so she won't mess with me. How can I make her stop and leave me alone?
—Big Trouble with Little Sister
Man, it can be so hard having to share your space with a sibling. Especially when they just don't leave you alone. What if you messed with her stuff, too? Maybe then she would get so annoyed that she would leave you alone. Nobody likes to be invaded, even if it's your own sister. So if you start moving her stuff around, she might get the message. Your parents can also talk to her about how important it is to have your own space, and she might appreciate it more. You may even get some peace!
Cherie Bennett is a best-selling author of books for teens and young adults. Visit her website at www.cheriebennett.com. To find out more about Cherie Bennett and read features by other Creators Syndicate writers and cartoonists, visit the Creators Syndicate website at www.creators.com.
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