Peer Pressure Does Not Discriminate

By Rachel Haywood
Managing Editor

Peer pressure: the influence of others in one’s own age or social group.

By now, pretty much everyone has heard about Justin Bieber’s run in with the law. What causes teens and young adults to act out? Justin is constantly in the public eye, but maybe he is subject to peer pressure.

Not everyone knows everything he does and why he does it. The people he associates himself with may play a strong role in his behavior. According to a CNN report, “Justin Bieber was charged with drunken driving, resisting arrest and driving without a valid license after police saw the pop star street racing early Thursday morning, Miami Beach police said.”

Maybe Justin, with his fame, fortune and booming music career, was pressured into drugs, alcohol and reckless behavior by the people he hangs out with. Over the past few years, the 19 year old “Believe” singer has had incidences with drugs on his tour bus and allegations of underage drinking. Maybe those people who provide him with said substances thought he would not get caught, arrested and sent to jail. Justin has taken a nose dive in his career, his music suffering because of risky behavior and a not-so-serious attitude.

Peer pressure can disguise itself in many ways. Older kids bossing others around, friends calling each other names when they back out of doing something. There is also verbal, emotional and physical peer pressure. The list goes on and on.
The website listed below is a good source for kids who deal with peer pressure. Although middle school is probably the most common place for kids to feel threatened, peer pressure does not always stop there. As kids move through high school, or even college and adulthood, feelings of being pressured by their peers can stay with them.

http://www.cajonvalley.net/GreenfieldMiddle.cfm?subpage=927379

One of the best ways to resolve peer pressure is to talk to a trusted adult. School counselors are specially trained to deal with difficult situations between students. Bottling up feelings of peer pressure can be a recipe for disaster. Feelings are meant to be expressed, and if they are suppressed for long enough, the student could act irrationally toward their peers. No one should ever have to feel bullied or pressured into something they don’t feel comfortable with.
Little kids, older kids, college students and adults can all be victims.

Those people that resist peer pressure should find ways to help others deal with their struggles. Resisting peer pressure does not show weakness. It takes a strong person to stand up and say “no”.

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