DR. WALLACE: I'm a 12-year-old girl, and I have a 10-year-old brother. Lately, he has been throwing rocks and stones at me because he's mad that I told our parents that I saw him smoking a cigarette. He got in a lot of trouble and is now telling his friends to throw rocks and stones at me for "ratting" on him. He's only 10, and I thought I was doing the right thing to tell my parents because they keep telling us that smoking is bad for our health.
Yesterday, my brother and his friends were following me on my way home from school, and they started throwing rocks at me, and whenever one hit me they all started laughing. When we got home, my brother told me he would do worse things if I ratted on him about the rocks. Now I'm really afraid of my brother. Do you think I should tell my parents about this? — Nameless, Indio, Calif.
NAMELESS: Tell your parents immediately! Your brother is a nasty bully who needs a good dose of stern discipline. Please make sure that your parents read today's column, and I'm sure they will take care of the problem.
MOST TEACHERS GRADE ON INDIVIDUAL EFFORTS
DR. WALLACE: I have a good friend whose father teaches at our school. We study together, but she always seems to get better scores on her tests than I do. I know that I'm just as smart as she is, and this really disappoints me. Do you think she is getting better scores because her father teaches at our school and her mother is sometimes a substitute teacher at our school? — Nameless, Philadelphia, Pa.
NAMELESS: I believe that the great majority of teachers grade students on individual efforts, not on who their parents are. I believe a few teachers, wittingly and unwittingly, give higher grades to students with influential parents. Sad, but true! Many school districts do not permit husbands and wives to teach at the same school. Even though one is a substitute, I believe it's a good rule.
MY BEST FRIEND IS DATING MY EX
DR. WALLACE: I'm a 16-year-old girl with a big problem. I broke up with my boyfriend a while back because I felt sort of trapped in the relationship. I really felt bad about breaking up with him because it broke his heart. I felt really guilty and I could hardly face him or even talk to him on the phone. My best friend tried to help out, and she called him for me and helped him get over the breakup.
Then about a week ago I found out that my friend and Ken are now dating. This really bothers me, and now I'm thinking of all the fun times Ken and I shared, and I want to get back together with him. Do you think this is a possibility? — Sorry, Ontario, Calif.
SORRY: The only reason you are feeling melancholy is because your best friend is dating your ex-boyfriend. Do nothing to encourage Ken to return to you while he is dating your best friend.
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