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Added April 23, 2014

School Rumors!

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Grace tried hard not to cry as she stood holding the phone. Two minutes before, she heard from Stacy that Jill and Kim were sure she had the answers to the math midterm before the exam, and she was selfish not to share them, and it wasn't fair that she made honor roll this semester. It was just a school rumor!

 

Daisy couldn't believe it when she was called into the guidance counselor's office. She couldn't for her life figure out why Mrs. Linden wanted to see her. She was totally shocked when Mrs. Linden asked if it was true that she was thinking of running away from home because she hated her mother's new boyfriend. She had to explain it was just a school rumor.

 

When the conversation stopped as Gena approached her table in the cafeteria, she didn't pay much attention until three of the guys slunk away, leaving Stephanie and Corrina red-faced and embarrassed. It didn't take much coercing to learn that the boys were talking about how Josh dumped her because she always wanted to get highanother school rumor!

 

Whether school rumors are fueled by jealousy or boredom or the power of being the person "in the know," reveling in the misery of others is as old as time. Grace, Daisy, and Gena were all victims of nasty school rumors. Gossip, the dangerous weapon that can ruin reputations and poison relationships, defines who's in and who's out.

 

Are all school rumors bad?

According to researchers, everyone begins to gossip almost as soon as we learn to speak. It's a part of human nature as word of mouth is joined by dozens of magazines, 50 television talk shows, five tabloids and now cyber gossip via Facebook, Twitter, and blogging.

 

Gossip performs important social and psychological functions to unify groups and give information to group members about the limits of acceptable behavior. It doesn't make you a bad person to find comfort in the fact that the famous and thin-thighed and gifted among us are just as miserable as the rest of us. If we read bad news about a celebrity or get into the gruesome details of our friend's misery, our own problems begin to pale in comparison.

 

If you participate in school rumors

Gossip is like fast food...juicy, delicious, and bad for you. If you gossip all the time, your friends might not trust you with their secrets. They might feel you'd sell them out for a good school rumor. Next time, just try walking away. If the person talked about is a friend of yours, stand by her and say you don't believe it. Don't repeat it.

 

If you are the target of a school rumor

While gossip boosts the self-esteem of those spreading it, creating a feeling of intimacy among the "in" group, and serving as an emotional release valve for expressing negative feelings, it doesn't at all help the person they are talking about.

 

If you are the subject of a false school rumor: 

  • Try hard not to protest too much. That just reaffirms to the rumormongers that you are lying.
  • Try to get through the day as if nothing were different. Finding who started it and getting revenge might feel good for a moment, but will only result in getting you into trouble and making you look guilty. These responses are based on impulses, not careful thought. Try choosing how best to respond rather than just exploding with emotion.
  • After finding out the truth, confront the person calmly. Let them try to explain. If you don't get satisfaction, a trip to the guidance counselor might be in order.
  • Time will heal. The school rumor about you will soon be replaced with the next hot story of the week. Your composure might cause that rumor to die an early death.

 

Cybergossip is a cyberhassle

Often spreading gossip online leads to misinterpreting what's being spread. Without hearing voice inflection, you can't always tell if someone is making a joke or being sarcastic. Also, because it's so easy to copy and pass along, your words might well be seen by dozens of unintended eyes.

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Toot toot
Toot toot
Posted June 30, 2014
When I was in fifth grade in horizon academy at Marion oaks there was some rumors but it was about my crush Sebastian Lopez plus there was a nasty boy called John and they said that I liked him but I didn't he to ugly for me and nasty. Also my class said that I liked a girl but they knew I liked Sebastian they were so stupid gosh wish I could beat them up but I still like Sebastian Lopez. But Sebastian sister if you're on here let Sebastian see this please if you can
AFRICANpink
AFRICANpink
Posted April 28, 2014
I remember when I was in the 8th grade,there was this huge romor that said I was a boyfreind stealer,because I had a friend who dated a guy and after 2 or more weeks they broke up and the guy will end up being a close friend to me and then hate the girl,I was never a boyfriend stealer I was just a friendly person while the girl was not.That was my worst school year,it was the only rumor that lasted for months in my school.
loveydove2012
loveydove2012
Posted August 12, 2012
people at school say mean stuff to me just because I have glasses and I'm geting braces
BreyerFreak
BreyerFreak
Posted December 23, 2011
Rumors....joy. I go to a really small school district so when a rumor starts it spreads like wildfire. Some last longer then others but often they are just crazy and make no sense. I 6th grade(I am in high school now,9th grade) my best friend sat at a desk that said "I Love Jason" engraved in the wood. For the rest of the year everyone said that she had a crush on Jason yet she did not write that at all.
sweetsani16
sweetsani16
Posted June 21, 2012
people in 5th grade made fun of me cuz i was wearing sandals and my feet was weird looking than theirs, so they said the crush i had liked me but it was just a school rumor
Marisol1229
Marisol1229
Posted March 18, 2012
I'm in 8th grade and i broke up with my boyfriend 5 months ago. I started talking to him again just to be friends but now at his highschool everyone is saying that i got pregnant from him. He won't leave me alone so I'm changing my phone number.
Maggiemoo23
Maggiemoo23
Posted November 20, 2011
My VERY best friend, Megan, had rumors that she was pregnant and her ex boyfriend, (who we now loath) is the father! It's terrible and the rumors just started AGAIN last week. I hate the fact that people are trying to make a joke out of someone's private love life! You had to do that, didn't yo Devin?!?!
SugarCutie997
SugarCutie997
Posted November 03, 2011
Ugg I HATE rumors! I remember in 7th grade (I'm in 9th now) when people were telling my friend Victoria that I was after her boyfriend, but the flipped up part was that I never even talked to him, and Victoria knew it, yet she hated me after that, and still does. I NEVER did anything to deserve that, I'm a nice girl, I'm nice to everyone, but anyone can be a target of rumors. I never found out who spread the rumor, but I have a feeling I know who it was. It hurt me because I lost my BFF, I lost my own boyfriend, and Victoria's boyfriend picked at me for awhile. It's sad and pathetic that other people have to make others' lives miserable because their unhappy with their own life. I'm fine now, I have a REAL TRUE best friend who believes me over a rumor, a boyfriend who was a really good guy friend of mine since 3rd grade, and nobody picks on me. Life's great. :)
Jessica.T
Jessica.T
Posted November 11, 2011
With me, I have had a boy Best Friend ever sinse Kindergarden. I'm in Year 7 now and everyone thinks I like him. But guess what! I have never had a crush on him, we are just the best of friends! He knows I don't like him. And guess who started the rumour? My former Bff! LIFE ISN'T FAIR :(
DreamCatcher1912
DreamCatcher1912
Posted November 03, 2011
Rumurs seem to find a way to you.Im a loner in school so of coarse im pickable.One rumur spreaded around the school that i had breast implants.And that I was pregnant!Peaple would call me names like white trash or hooker.I had this one girl say i was going to die alone on the streets! "Rumurs are to be said and done,"Not rumers are to be lies and live there own lives.
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