If you have just received a detention or other reprimand from your school, fear not. There may be several questions going through your head, how will you ever tell your parents about it, what will happen to you when you do, will this go on your permanent record? If this is your first offence you probably are far too worried about it then you need to be, if you are a repeat offender however you might want to start rethinking about your current behavior.
Detentions or other forms of reprimands for behavior are no laughing matter. They are usually used sparingly as the school system does not want to anger the parents and other members of the community. However they are a very necessary part of the disciplinary system of schools.
The first step is to bring you to the realization of what exactly happened. You may feel that an unfair situation has led you to this detention, and you may be partially right. Normally detentions are handed out to the person they see doing the forbidden activity at the time, and not the first person to do it.
That excuse of everybody else was doing it will normally get you nowhere. Do not use it in those words. A better way to get out of the trouble you are in is to say that you were swept up by the crowd. It sounds better to say that you saw other people doing the activity and let your better judgment lapse as you tried it. This excuse will get you a lot more sympathy then telling your parents or school officials that everybody else was doing it. It says that you recognize the problem and are now fixing it. This excuse can even sometimes get you out of the trouble you had found yourself in. However, do not expect it to get you out of trouble as teachers and other school professionals, and even parents, can sense this, and if they believe you are saying this to try and get out of trouble they may increase your punishment.
Once you have come to the realization that you did something wrong, remember it. Repeating a similar action will get you labeled as a troublemaker, however avoiding activities with formal friends can get you labeled as a sissy or other undesirable student. Always say that you are too busy right now, then they will not judge you for not partaking, also you can act as though you have inside information that a teacher or other school official is about, and it is a bad time. If however how you look to your old friends can stand a change you can stand up for what is right, and tell them the problem with their activity, as long as you use why it is against the rules and not just that it is against the rules.