Court Case Closed
By Diana Panagoulias, Grade 11

Are you a victim of judgement?  Odds say that you probably are.  We’re all judged - in one way or another.  Why do people judge us upon not knowing who we are and what we’re really like?

I’m not the smartest, prettiest, or have the best “figure” in the world; but do you know something?  I am me and nobody can change that.  You’re you and nobody can change that. People might try to change who you are, but in the end you’re your own person.  You are beautiful just the way you are.

Why is there so much hate and judgement in the world?  OK, I’m not telling everybody here that our world should be all about peace and love because that’s probably never going to happen - no matter how hard we try.  There’s always going to be something that someone doesn’t approve of, but that’s fine.  If there wasn’t any conflict in the world, how would people know how to solve it?  They wouldn’t.

One day, you see a girl down the hall at school.  She wears glasses and is a little bit overweight.  She isn’t so into the latest trends and most of all, she isn’t into being the center of attention. Another girl goes around and makes fun of her because of all these things.  

Hey, did you stop and think that this girl might wear glasses because she may have poor vision?  Did you stop and think that she may just be big-boned or have a medical condition for her to be a little bit overweight?  Did you stop and think that this girl just has her own style of clothing?  Finally, did you ever stop and think that this girl just doesn’t like being the center of attention?  Well, did you?  

Does making fun of this girl make you feel better about yourself?  If you answered “yes,” then how does it make you feel better?  Are you completely flawless that you feel the need to go up to this girl and insult her just to make her feel bad about herself?  No, you aren’t.  Nobody is completely flawless, so that’s why you shouldn’t poke fun of others for their flaws.  I don’t care if you’re a celebrity; you’ve got flaws, too.  Now go cash this reality check and get real.  There’s a difference between confidence and cockiness.  Learn the definitions.

Why do we go out of our way to make a judgement statement when we don’t even know what the person we’re judging is really about?  Sure, we’re going to probably have a feeling [whether it’s a positive or negative one] upon meeting this person, but why not extend our thoughts and get to know more about this person before judging them?  You’re no one to judge when you’re getting judged by others, anyway.  You’re no one to judge me, so leave the verdict on the side.  Court’s dismissed.

Joseph Cook
5/19/2011 04:43:41 am

Diana, I read your article, but did not see an answer to the following question which you posed in the third paragraph:

"Why is there so much hate and judgment in the world?" I would appreciate your opinion on that question.

I also have questions regarding the general theme of the article.

When is judgment permissible? And is there a standard by which all people are judged? If not, how can we decide what is 'right' and 'wrong'?

Thanks for taking the time to express your opinion.

Hyett F
5/23/2011 08:45:50 am

You go girl! I totally agree with your article. Seriously, there is no benefit on judging others, all it causes is drama and more problem!

Nicole Sills
5/31/2011 09:33:13 pm

Diana, great job! It really hit me, because what you typed in that article, is exactly what happened to me. I left my old school because people were judging me and making fun of me. I was pulled from my first period, but that didn't because some of them were in my 2nd, 4th, and 5th period. My only escapes were 3rd and 6th period. But even being in those clases triggered the bullies. I was made fun of 5th, 6th and half of 7th grade. Then I was finally done. I couldn't take it anymore. I left public school. Luckily, my mom was very supportive and I never once had any bad thoughts, like killing myself. There are not so lucky people out there, and they just kill themselved because of the bullying. This article really tells that to people! Great Job Diana!!!!

Rebekah Doucette
6/2/2011 02:18:53 am

Wow, Diana, that's a really good article! It makes one stop and think. I thought it was beautifully written, too!

6/7/2011 08:39:17 am

WOW! That was really direct.... You were blunt with the news and shoved it in the readers face where they could not ignore it! I want to join the news paper club.....


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