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What if my friends don't approve?

Can you imagine what it's like when all of a sudden your friends give you the "silent treatment"? They don't speak to you for days or weeks? That happened to me in the ninth grade.

I may not have been everybody's favorite, but I felt I was accepted by both boys and girls. I had even been elected class president the year before. Then, suddenly, no one spoke to me—no girls, that is. At chorus practice, in the lunchroom, even in the girls' restroom, not a word was said to me. And all my girlfriends avoided any contact with me outside school as well.

December 19, 1994

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