Amy: Teenager wants to dump racist friend

  • Article by: AMY DICKINSON
  • Updated: November 30, 2012 - 2:04 PM
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missmarplesDec. 1, 1210:11 AM

"Emory" has problems of her own at home. It's not about racism; she is expressing the need to receive parental/adult guidance, which is lacking in the home. The 2 friends should go to the school counselor and express their feelings; both will benefit, especially "Emory" in the long run.

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rreneeDec. 3, 12 8:43 AM

Sorry missmarples, "Emory" may have problems at home, but it isn't an excuse to deliberately cause verbal abuse to a friend. She does this because she can. It is also (most likely) an attitude she has learned at home. Amy is on the mark in this one. She needs to be told why this girl doesn't want to be friends with her and if Emory retailiate, then a trip to the counselor at school is in order...to turn her in for bullying. Plain and simple...it's what she's doing.

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hecklesDec. 3, 12 1:04 PM

rrenee, some people act out how they are treated or taught. Emory may very well have a bad situation at home or see these actions and think they are ok. She needs to learn that this behaviour is not ok. Go to a counselor, yes, there could be a bad situation at home. Also be honest with Emory, she may very well not realize that this behaviour is not acceptable. Don't just assmue kids are a lost cause or that they dont deserve the chance to be steered in the right direction.

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hecklesDec. 3, 12 1:07 PM

Just because a significant other went on a trip with a person of the opposite sex doesnt mean there is anything going on. I have taken trips with the opposite sex simply because we decided we both wanted to go, there was nothing to it. My significant others have taken trips with the opposite sex etc, unless you are suspiciously excluded or there is reason for alarm, dont assume there is anything to it. People of the opposite sex can be just friends, there is nothing new there/

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