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Dear Dish-It: I Might Get Detention

Dec 19, 2011

Dear Dish-It,

What’s detention like? I might get one and I’m scared!

Ilovemyboyfriend

Dear Ilovemyboyfriend,

Getting a detention in school often means that you’ve done something to break the rules. Your teachers and the other staff at your school want to make sure that all the students follow the rules, so when they catch you doing something you’re not supposed to, they might give you a detention as a punishment.

My First Detention

You don’t necessarily need to be a “bad” kid to get a detention. I was a straight-A student when I was in school, and even I got a detention once! My friends and I decided we wanted to stay inside during recess one day, even though everyone was supposed to go out to the playground. So we snuck back into our class after everyone else went outside. A teacher who was walking by in the hall heard us and opened the door. When he saw us inside the class, he told our homeroom teacher, who decided to give us all detention.

What Happens During Detention

I was really scared right before my first detention, too. I knew I’d broken a rule and I was afraid of what the punishment would be. Basically, my friends and I had to stay after school in one of the classrooms, with the rest of the kids who had gotten detention. There was a teacher there, and she made us do homework, study or read quietly for the hour. That was pretty much all there was to it. But since I didn’t like having to spend an extra hour in school, I learned my lesson about breaking the rules and never got detention again.

Different Schools, Different Rules

Just like the rules are probably different at your school than they were in mine, detention might be different for you than it was for me. But, most of the time, detention requires you to stay for a bit after school and do some studying. If you’re worried because you’re not sure what will happen, as a friend who’s had detention before or, better yet, ask your teacher or school counselor. Your school might even have a guidebook or an FAQ on its website that explains what detention is.

Have Your Say

Has this ever happened to you? Got any good advice for Ilovemyboyfriend? Leave your comment below!

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Worst Thing About Detention?

  • The silence.
  • Being stuck at school for an extra hour.
  • Missing my after-school TV shows.
  • Nothing - I don't mind detention.

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Autonomy
Autonomy posted in Family Issues:
"StarrChild" wrote: Two years ago my parents broke up. I was never really the same after that point. My mother she began to just not care about anything. She would go out clubbing every Friday and would yell at me for my attitude towards it. Why would I be okay with her doing that??? I didn't really realise it but I began feeling kind of depressed. Of course we didn't fight all the time but when we did I would always end up crying alone in my room. And it would be really painful. One time I cried every night for a week because of her. A week ago, I felt really sick at school so I went to the sick bay but my Mum refused to believe I was sick. She thought I was lying and being over dramatic as usual. I felt really horrible after that, that the teacher sent me to the guidance councellor and almost immediately I burst into tears. I didn't even know why I did but the councellor did a little test on me and came to the conclusion I was slightly depressed and had anxiety. It wasn't really surprising but hearing it out loud just felt really weird. Even after knowing that fact my mother doesn't really act any different. She's not a bad person I swear but she can just be really horrible at times. Anyways, that's technically whats been happening in my life lol. Nothing really interesting Oh dear, that sounds like a dreadful situation. I've lived through similar difficulties in my own life, and my heart goes out to you, truly. May I offer you some advice? I don't have the cure to your problems or a magic wand that can make them disappear, but I do believe that some good can come out of your living situation. The first thing I'd like to make note of, is that everyone makes mistakes. As human beings, we have to make mistakes. There's no way around it; it's how we learn and grow. And as we get older, we don't stop making mistakes. Your parents are no exception. Although we look to our parents for guidance, and direction, and support, we have to understand that they aren't perfect people, and they make mistakes. They may not always lead us in the right direction. They may not always set a good example. They may not always be there for us, to encourage us and support us when we need them most. And that's okay. Everyone makes mistakes, and we have to accept that. But we can't let allow other people's mistakes to hurt us, my dear. And I know it hurts. Your mum might not understand how her actions make you feel. You said you haven't been the same since your parents divorced, and I know how challenging that can be to go through. But you know, some of the brightest, wisest, and happiest people I've met, are people who have dealt with difficult problems in their lives, and used them to grow as people. You can let your parents' mistakes get to you, and make you upset and depressed; or, you can accept that they aren't perfect people, accept that they make mistakes, and accept that their mistakes don't have anything to do with you. So here's what you do, friend: you can't stop your mum from going clubbing, and that's okay. Don't try to. Don't fight with her about it. You can let her know how it makes you feel, but don't get into an argument. Accept the situation for what it is. Your mother is her own person, and she is accountable for what she does; you aren't. Next time you start to get in a fight or an argument with her, just step back, and withdraw yourself. Try it, see what happens. Once you decide not to let other peoples' failings affect you--and you do have the power to do this--then you'll find a sense of peace you probably haven't felt before. And you'll learn from your mistakes, and the mistakes of your parents, and everyone around you, and you'll be a better person. Press on.
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Dounuts
Dounuts posted in Family Issues:
Go to your neighbor's house and ask him/her to call to police.Everything will be just fine.
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my ex is going through the same thing. Call the police now. Things will get out of hand. My brothers friend has been living with us for about 2 weeks becuz his dad punched him in the face. Call 911 now. They will help you. Just say you have been abused by your family member and they will take it from there. If you want, add me and we can talk
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XxRuby_PhoenixxX
If you are getting abused to the point where you bleed, call the police immediately. This isn't acceptable behavior.
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MRAP
MRAP posted in Family Issues:
Hey, Just wanted some advice to help me on what to do on this. Ever since I was 3 I've been both Verbally, Mentally, And Physically abused. To me, this is normal since it's been happening for so long. But I just can't take this thing anymore. When I get home I always get yelled at for no reason. I have been on Anti-Depressants for the past 1-2 years. Been going to counseling for 6-7 years for family. Nothing has changed yet. I just need help on how to handle this. Thanks.
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