How to Deal with Drama in Middle School

     Have you ever had to deal with drama in middle school? Or gotten involved with your friend’s drama? Well, it can be tough to juggle school and the drama that comes with it. But in this article, we’re going to talk about different ways to deal with middle school drama, and how to avoid it to begin with! 

     In middle school, making good friends can be pretty difficult. Especially ones that help you stay out of drama instead of constantly starting it. It’s pretty easy to become friends with people that may not want the best for you! But if you find yourself close with people like that, the best thing to do is be honest with them and let them know that you don’t want to be involved in anything that could disrupt the peace at school. 

     If you find yourself getting involved with drama that isn’t yours, you don’t want to add to the problem instead of helping. It’s easy to be an instigator and make the issue worse, but before you add to the drama, try to think of what could happen in the future. By instigating, you can get yourself in just as much trouble as your friends, even if the problem didn’t start with you! We also may think that we are helping solve an issue between our friends, but in reality, we could just be causing people to argue more, which will end in something bad. So it’s best to just stay away from anything that can be problematic, even if it involves people that we are close to because adding to the problem isn’t very helpful! 

     But maybe you aren’t involved in any drama, and you just want to know how to stay away from it. First off, to prevent drama from happening, always make sure you are being kind to others. It’s easy to be rude to people, especially if you have something against them. But if we are unkind to others it can easily start a problem unnecessarily. Also, try to steer away from people who gossip and talk unkindly about others. And if that is you, try to start thinking of the consequences that could result from gossiping, before you start spreading rumors about other people. It may not seem harmful to speak about other people behind their backs, but think about how you would feel if you were the one being talked about before you do that to someone else!

     I’ve interviewed a few students here at Andrew Lewis to hear their personal experiences with drama and how they dealt with it. Breshai Mills in 8th grade states: “I think our school staff handles drama very well and they know what to do at the right time. To prevent drama in middle school, try to talk to a responsible adult about the issue. Try to stay in your lane and don’t talk about other people.” 

     Based on what these students have to say, it seems like our school does a decent job of helping resolve issues between students! I think we can all agree the best way to stay out of drama is to keep to yourself and try to be as nice as possible to everyone! Make sure to keep this in mind throughout your life and not just middle school, because keeping the peace between your friends is much better than arguing! 

     Kailei Painter in 7th grade states: “To prevent drama I just try to ignore it. I think the school handles issues very well because they talk to the students who are a part of the drama and solve the issue 1 by 1. I think our school staff could improve in solving issues better though by allowing the students time to handle issues themselves and talk to each other on their own about what’s going on. My advice for staying out of drama is don’t do anything dumb and just ignore things! Don’t be in drama because it’s “cool”, what’s cool is your education! Usually, the people involved in the drama don’t care about that.”

     Lastly, Jayla Wood in 7th grade says: “With drama that I’ve been in, I don’t think that the school handled the issue very well when it was brought to their attention, because they just ended up creating more problems! Overall though, I feel that the school staff does a pretty good job of handling issues between students. Sometimes, it’s best to just keep your opinions to yourself to prevent starting arguments unnecessarily.”