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Should People Be Held Accountable For Their Actions in High School?

Judge Brett Kavanaugh, U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit

U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit

Judge Brett Kavanaugh, U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit

Lena Amburn, Opinion Editor

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With Brett Kavanaugh’s case over his alleged crimes causing an uproar within the country, it is shining light upon one question: Should people be held accountable for their actions in high school?

In my opinion, people need to be held accountable for their actions no matter how “young and dumb” they were.

Some teenagers believe that they will not face any consequences from their actions. Due to this mindset, adolescents are confident that they can and will get away with anything they do. teenagers know and understand the consequences of their actions, but choose to do immoral things anyway.

Throughout their entire school career, students have been taught their actions have repercussions. Every time a high school student is late to class, they know that they will receive a tardy. Every time a preschool student’s clothespin is moved to red, they know that they are going to receive a sad face in their notebook. This knowledge has been given to students for years of their lives. They understand what consequences are.

Of course, the opposing side often refers to the usual “teenagers have no idea what they are doing” excuse. However, this is not true. Nearly every adolescent knows what they are doing whenever they break the law, and they know the consequences. An example of this would be the Columbine Massacre. Dylan Klebold and Eric Harris were both teenagers and knew what the consequences of their actions would be. Despite this, they still decided to follow through with their fateful plan.

People should be held responsible for their actions in high school, no questions asked. Everyone knows what consequences are during this time of their life and understand the effects. Students know what they are doing and that it could come back to bite them later on in their life.

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Lena Amburn, Opinion Editor

Lena Amburn has been on the Lariat staff since 2018. She is currently an Opinion Editor. Lena is a member of the CHS band. She enjoys biking, hiking, watching...

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