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Amanda Griffith

Gossip Drives Me Crazy

Do your “friends” talk about you behind your back? It’s bad enough when someone you don’t know talks about you, but when someone who you trust and are supposed to be able to depend on does it, it really blows.

Gossip is bad when it is against you. What I think though, is when people gossip about anyone it shows who they are and what they are like. I used to say things about people that were nasty, like talk bad about the way someone looked; their makeup, clothes, etc. Then I realized if I wanted people to stop talking about me, I needed to stop talking about them.

What happened last year was the cheerleaders didn’t like Celia much. They talked down to her and called her names. When I heard them doing her that way, I should have stuck up for her. It escalated to actions. Because people kept calling her fat names, she tried to kill herself. If I had stood up to them earlier, maybe it wouldn’t have happened.

When I went on that exchange concert trip, I went upstair with that boy, but didn’t do it with him. The next week at school, this girl, Carolyn, was spreading a rumor that I slept with that boy. Because I went upstairs with him, she just assumed I “did” it. Come on! She didn’t know what she was talking about! That can really ruin someone’s rep.

So, I have a pact with myself, even if someone’s talking about someone I don’t know, I’m not going to listen and I’m not going to say anything back? Do you gossip? Have you ever gotten burned by gossip?

About Amanda Griffith

I am a Franklin and Marshall graduate, English and Government. I taught 6-12 English for 28 years and am a published writer with four articles to my credit. Check out my five star rating on Wyzant.com.
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One Response to Gossip Drives Me Crazy

  1. Things that happen to teens continue to happen as adults. It's so we can learn how to deal with it. I hope celia realizes what her freinds (and I use that term losely) did to her was about them, not her. If she handles it different than she will grow emotionally stronger and eventually people like that have to look at their own actions, and take responsibility!

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