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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.

Dear Dish-It In The Forums

bookwormlestrange
I don't have ADHD, but I know plenty about it. One of my friends has ADHD and Tourette's, and the teachers were always turds about it. Anyway, i think that a good way to deal with ADHD acting up is either changing medication or trying to eat foods or drinks with caffeine. I'm not sure if it works for you, but a lot of people with ADHD have seen significant improvements after putting caffeine in their systems. If your friends are acting like turds, you need better friends. I hope my advice helps.
reply about 7 hours
SmartSunnyShadow
I have one so annoying sister, that it feels like I have 200 of them, oh my god. She's pounding on the door right now, HELP! 
reply about 19 hours
SmartSunnyShadow
Dad, obviously. I can't even explain what he does to me!
reply about 19 hours
SmartSunnyShadow
Well, if they are your BFFs, they shouldn't be teasing you to make you feel bad. Me, and my BFFs tease each other all the time playfully, but I understand that this is different, and if it's making you feel bad it isn't playful at all.   Maybe your eldest friend is having some trouble with family issues, bad grades, body changes, etc. It's okay to be angry, so maybe you should leave her space for a few days, and see if it turns better. If it isn't, then try to first make her calm down. Then, make her talk to you about why she is so angry and ask if you can try to help. If nothing turns out better, tell her that you feel uncomfortable, and you want her to talk to you.  For your 3rd eldest friend, support her as much as possible, and stand up for her in this terrible situation. If you are all BFFs, then you should all be very close and comfortable around each other, and the fight shouldn't last long. If not, they are not your real friends, and you have to go on without them. I have tons of advice on how to make new friends, so just ask me if you want to know. Your 2nd eldest friend seems to be the main problem.  First of all, tell her to stop, and say how you don't like her bullying you. You must say what she is doing wrong, and how it makes you feel. If she doesn't care, tell her you're serious, and you hate what she is doing to you. If it continues, ignore what trash she is saying, and just simply walk away. Focus on other things that will help make you feel better. Remember, all she is is a person, and it's up to you to act appropriately.  Stay positive, and calm. Focus on other things, and if she continues, tell her that you can all be friends and you miss her. Go get another friend to stand up with you, and tell her that you will report to an adult if she won't stop. She may be your friend, but she deserves it. I told on my BFF when she was mean, so it's all okay now.  If all else fails, get a trusted adult, and hang out with nicer friends. Your other friends will learn from their mistakes. If not, warn them, and give them a sincere kindness note of how you miss being friends. Then, also give one to the bully.
reply about 19 hours
AnnaOfExquizurd
Yeah, @CyclonicBass the best option really is to find a girl with a quirky personality. Become friends with her. Possibly, over time, she'll grow close to you and accept a request to be with you. Hope it goes well!
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