when i was in middle school some of my classmates were smoking cigarettes. these classmates were both boys and girls. another problem was the tendency toward vandalism and theft. although only a very few persons were involved in these situations. i often felt uneasy and unsure about their actions. we have been taught to strive to be good citizens and cultivate good character, but at such a young age it is disturbing. many adults smoke, yet young people today should worry about the possibility of cancer. also people should know crime is bad and not rewarding, yet my classmates feel pressure from our society to cultivate another image. perhaps now is the time both parents and teachers should spend more time talking to teenagers about the problems they are facing.