The following essay was written by “Belinda,” a 6th grader in Ventura County.
There are some older kids at my school that are drinking. I have witnessed this at school and I have seen the way they act and I don’t want to be like that, EVER. I think it’s really stupid that someone would do that, I don’t see the point. If they’re just doing it to be popular or act cool, that’s a bad reason. I even know some people in 6th grade who are doing that, too. It’s pretty scary. But I know that they are just going to get into trouble and get hurt. So my friends and I are trying to stay away from those people at school and away from school, also. We just want to be safe.
One day I was in woodshop at school, and my teacher said that he had a class that came in, and he knew one of the kids was high on either drugs or alcohol. He told the kid that it probably wasn’t safe for him to be there, because he could be careless and chop off a finger or something like that. Of course, the kid didn’t listen. Well, as a matter of fact, that’s exactly what he did. He was cutting a piece of wood and then he heard someone shout at him and tell him that he cut off his finger! He didn’t even feel it!
That’s how stupid you can get when you drink or do drugs. That’s why I am and always want to stay away from those things. I don’t want to lose my finger, or anything else important!! So, in conclusion, just remember how stupid people act when their drunk. Not only do they act stupid, but someone could also take advantage of them. I’m being cautious and safe now, and always will be.