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Isabella Torrales

AITBG for involving my friend in my abstract school project?

My (14 Y.O. Male) H9 Capstone project for this year is about Julius Caesar, the unit we had at the beginning of fall. Because the instructions called for any artwork that could display a theme shown in the literature, I decided to do performance art where I betray my friends. Backstabbing—you know? Obviously for educational purposes. Like Brutus did to Caesar. It’s rational and totally makes sense, I swear. This includes:

A) Ditching on plans last minute
B) Insulting them in their absence
C) Befriending their mortal enemies

I haven’t even turned in my project yet, but apparently a group chat was formed and they complained. Next thing I know, I end up in the counselor’s office. It’s ridiculous! I even got my idea approved by my teachers! I told them that I was a hopeful novice in the performing arts and that I would demonstrate the thematic topic of betrayal through an elaborate act by me and my friends.
In fact, I’m more hurt by the fact that my friends (out of all people) would team up against me because of a school project. So tell me Northwood, am I really the bad guy here?



Yeah no, NTBG, sue the school for defamation. I don’t even need the pretense of a group project to do all that. None of MY friends have been upset once, you need to get better friends.

AITBG for committing group gas poisoning during science class?

Hello Northwood. IS3 student here. I know the title sounds bad, but hear me out.
A week ago, my (16 Y.O. Female) IS3 class was conducting a lab that involved Bunsen burners. I’ll be honest here, I was too busy discussing the ethics of Ungrading with my tablemates to listen to the instructions.
But there was a worksheet with “INSTRUCTIONS” written on top in red, bolded 96pt font—anyone in my place would have assumed that a paper with that much red was just a reminder about my missing assignments.
We were dismissed to go to our stations to start the experiment. But there was one slight problem: I had accidentally discarded the instructions. But how was I supposed to know they were instructions? First reason why this is a NTBG post.
All I had to reference was our gas stove at home, and those are pretty simple—turn the knob, fire. So I turned the knob. And there was no fire, so clearly I wasn’t turning it enough. I turned the knob again. That’s when I noticed a funny smell coming from the burner.
I didn’t think much of it at first, but other people started complaining about the horrid stench, then the teacher did a double take. He stormed towards our lab station—Harry Potter, did you put your name in the Goblet of Fire style (dramatic much?)—and yelled at us about not following instructions. The instructions sheet was not clear that it was actually instructions, and the glaring red was too much for my eyes. I can’t imagine what one is supposed to assume. Reason number two.
Anyways, the period ended with everyone getting evacuated while the teacher stopped the gas leak and aired out the classroom. I now have three detentions for “putting the entire class in danger,” which “wouldn’t have happened if you had read the instructions.” Where were these “instructions” that he speaks of?! La razón número tres.
I cannot pinpoint a single speck of fault from my end, and neither can my tablemates. I can’t believe I’m going to have to go to detention. We’re not the bad guys here, right?!



NTBG, you’re being gaslighted (heh). They’re manipulating you into thinking you’re the crazy one for not having seen instructions that were clearly too easily confusable. Stay strong OP!