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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!


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

Write an anonymous note. And tell him to put it somewhere that only you can get it back to see what he says.
reply about 1 hour
hey, i got a question, how would you get over a major mess-up, then try to act attractive, so you would still have a chance at maybe making a relationship with your crush.
reply about 2 hours
Ok, so how would you tell a crush you like them without them knowing it's you?
reply about 6 hours
drowning posted in Friends:
I've been there when I was still in school. I don't personally have many friends now that I'm graduated, but that's more because the people here aren't worth being friends with. Off topic, my bad- Anyways, just try being a nice person. Sit with the other kid that's alone during lunch, find someone who needs someone to talk too, be open. I realize this can be difficult to do if you're shy, believe me, I've been there as well. Just remember that you need to stay yourself. I've lost friends because they turned out to be someone totally different than how they made themselves out to be. It's not worth it to pretend you're someone else. If it doesn't happen naturally after a little while, then you just have to keep in mind that it's your turn to put yourself out there. Remember that, "hey, I put myself out there and I made a friend, that's pretty cool." But, also remember that, "hey, I put myself out there and I didn't make a friend, that's pretty okay too." If you put yourself out there and someone doesn't accept it, then that's okay. It just means they weren't meant to be your friend and someone else will come along much better for you.
reply about 11 hours
Powerslave posted in Friends:
If most people from this generation don't want to be friends with you, you are doing something right.
reply about 11 hours