But we all had our youthful indiscretions, and although mine were probably small in comparison to some of my more rebellious peers, they were still a HUGE deal to me at the time. And so, I shall now share with you the list of times I got in legitimate trouble growing up (or at least the most memorable ones):
1. In 8th grade, my Spanish teacher caught me chewing gum in class. Normally when she caught someone, she asked the person to throw the gum away and might be give him/her a warning, but she was so caught off guard by my rebelliousness, apparently, that she insisted I come in after school for detention. She even wrote on her chalk board, "Amanda N. received detention for chewing gum in class," and laughed about it in front of the class, which of course MORTIFIED me. My face is still red just thinking about it.
Here I am in 8th grade, probably thinking, "What the heck, Señorita Blum?!"
2. In 9th grade, Allison and I became fast enemies with a new girl that moved into town- think a less attractive and more manipulative version of Jen from Dawson's Creek. As was the case with all important social activity at that time, most of our fights occurred on AOL Instant Messenger. At one point, her younger brother decided to get involved in the exchange of words, after which he decided to copy and paste pieces of the conversation (to look like we were picking on him out of nowhere) and gave them to the Assistant Principal.
Allison and I were pulled out of our respective classes the next day to go to the AP's office to discuss the issue. Allison was a basket case and as I recall, spent the duration of our discussion crying inconsolably, leaving me to defend us (thanks, sis ;). Parents got involved and eventually the truth came out that this girl and her brother were not, in fact, helpless victims and the whole issue eventually fizzled, thankfully. Nonetheless, it was an early lesson learned to be careful what you put in print!
I don't have any pictures with that girl (for obvious reasons), so you'll have to settle for this picture of me with two of my friends on the last day of 9th grade.
3. I didn't directly get in trouble for this, but a t-shirt idea I inadvertently came up with was banned from our school campus. When I was on the freshman soccer team, the Varsity players always made us round up ("shag") the loose soccer balls after practice. So when we were trying to think of a team t-shirt slogan, I thought we should poke fun at that ritual, so I innocently suggested, "We're not just players, we shag balls, too!"
I honestly didn't mean anything by it, but the moment the words came out of my mouth, I realized how terrible it sounded, but it was too late- everyone decided it was hilarious and to go for it. And so we sported them to school on the day of our first game, and imagine our surprise when the principal informed our coach that we were no longer allowed to wear them. And imagine my embarrassment when the word spread that I had come up with the idea... oops.
Here's a pic with me and two of my teammates our freshman year. We later went on to be co-captains of the Varsity team when we were seniors (and yes, of course we still made the freshmen shag the balls)!
4. And speaking of t-shirts, in 11th grade, I wore a v-neck red shirt from Express to school on Valentine's Day. In hindsight, it was probably a little revealing, but I generally dressed pretty conservatively and it's not like I had much to show off, so I never gave it a second thought.
Apparently, however, my pre-Calculus teacher decided it showed too much cleavage when I was laying my head down on my desk, so he reported me to the office. I was called in the next day to the Assistant Principal's office to be reminded about wearing appropriate attire, which was ironic, considering I was wearing my anything-but-revealing soccer warm-up attire at the time.
Here's a pic of me wearing the shirt a year later (I'm the twin in red), so yeah, I guess I can see his point!
So now it's your turn: what did you do that got you in trouble when you were growing up (that you'll admit to on the internet)?