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Unfortunately, my decision-making led me to getting expelled from middle school in 6th and 8th grade. When I was in 6th grade, the middle school I attended at the time was very much gang affiliated. This is where I began affiliating myself with the wrong group of people. These
RAISED BY A SINGLE MOTHER 5people I would surround myself with would influence me to do drugs and encourage fighting the opposite race. I felt the need to carry a knife on me in order to protect myself, back then I did anyways. Eventually, the word about me having the knife reached the front office and they decided to search me. A police officer came to the school after they retrieved the knife. He handcuffed me and threatened to take me to juvenile hall for bringing a knife to school. However, the only repercussion I received was getting expelled and a world of punishment whenI got home. This was one of the moments where I disappointed my mother on a great scale. I lostall my trust with my mom. Looking back on the situation, it must have been embarrassing for herto come down to the school and deal with the situation. Not to mention, she had to leave work early to attend to her sons incident at school. Now that I am older, I realize the sacrifices she had to make during that time to compensate for my poor choices. After being transferred to another middle school, I started to clean up my act during the 7th grade. A new school meant new friends. I was trying to get used to the new environment and to establish a new identity. The major difference between this school and the last, was students atthis school were not gang related. I did not have to worry about people asking me where I was from or be concerned about who I was seen with. I could rome and hang out with whoever I wanted freely. Once I reached the 8th grade, I started to slip back into my old habits. Even though I was no longer gang related, I still was smoking marijuana with friends and being sneakywith them after school. After keeping this kind of behavior throughout my 8th grade year, it caught up to me eventually. With only a couple months left in the school year, I found myself getting expelled once again from middle school. This time, it was for bringing marijuana to school and supplying it for my friends and I to smoke. All my friends who also got caught, they only received a suspension. Only two years later I found myself disappointing my mother all
RAISED BY A SINGLE MOTHER 6over again. Except this time, the punishment at home was worse. After I lied to my mom and toldher I was no longer smoking weed, this expulsion proved I was lying. Therefor, I lost all the trustbetween my mom and I. I knew I had to work hard in order to gain that level of trust back. I knew I had to make a change.