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Posted: Tuesday, February 24, 2009 12:00 am | Updated: 10:40 am, Fri Dec 14, 2012.

Gang violence and drugs is the greatest problem facing teenagers today because they are dying faster then our soldiers in Iraq. Our parents should be there for us because without them we're joining gangs and doing drugs. One of these days the number of deaths are going to go down but it all starts with the family.

Joe Alviar

Teacher: David Means

San Benito High School

I think that teenagers face many challenges everyday. Doing drugs, joining gangs, stealing, and getting in fights are some of the challenges. They do all of this so they can act cool in front of their friends, or they are going through a really tough time. I think these teenagers should be given more attention so that our community can become a better place.

Jocelyn Gonzalez

Teacher: Anna Zambrano

W.B. Green Junior High

I think the biggest problem facing teenagers today is probably peer pressure. Just because other people are doing drugs or skipping school doesn't mean that you should also. Peer pressure can be good or it can be bad. For example, if someone is pressuring another person to skip school, do drugs, disobey their parents, etc., then that is bad peer pressure. On the other hand, if someone is pressuring another person to get good grades, obey parents and teachers, etc. that is an example of good peer pressure.

Sarah B.

Teacher: Angelic Alvarez

Vernon Middle School

I think that the greatest problem facing teenagers today is the temptation of drugs. I've heard rumors about kids who are pretending to use cocaine. Many kids are asked by their "friends" to smoke weed. They'll say things like, "Well if you don't do it then your not cool enough to hang out with me anymore!" But the real uncool one is the person doing the drugs because it destroys your lungs. We have been told for years to, " JUST SAY NO!" Yet some children still do it. I think that this choice is immature and stupid because all it will do for you is give you bad breath, turn others against you, and maybe even give you lung cancer.

Ashley Ray

Teacher: Sherry Wiesman

Coakley Middle School

I think that peer pressure is the biggest problem teenagers face today. Everyday life brings a lot of peer pressure to teens. Commercial ads on television advertise trendy clothes, new phones, cool technology and so much more. Then, teenagers get to school and all of our peers have those cool new shoes and that new iPod. Teenagers feel the pressure to be cool and have those things that looked as "cool." When teens read magazines or watch reality TV shows, we see skinny, beautiful people. Seeing this, we feel the need to look like those "beautiful" people.

Frances Naranjo

Teacher: Danette Atkinson

Rio Hondo High School

The greatest problem facing teenagers today is peer pressure. Sometimes teens hang out with the wrong crowd and are asked to do something that is against the law. Some are smart enough to walk away without caring what their peers think, but others may give in and

do it and act like they aren't afraid of getting caught.

Stephanie Espinoza

Teacher: Vernon Nelson

Vernon Middle School

Drugs are the greatest problem for teenagers. Some of us just want to fit in, and they tell us to try it and we do. Teenagers need to live above the influence, and they need to live with out drugs in their life. We need to try to become something we want and not what other people want. My teacher has a saying, "it takes courage to become who you really are." This saying is very true.

Eric Cuervo

Teacher: Anna Zambrano

W.B. Green Junior High

I think the biggest problem facing teens today is sex. Sex is very common in teens. There is NO greater responsibility than a child and some teens learn that the hard way. I think schools are not taking charge; Absence is not the key anymore, safe sex is. Schools should be educating students on safe sex rather than no sex at all because it's already happening in almost every school.

Tracy Lee Atkinson

Teacher: Danette Atkinson

Rio Hondo High School

The greatest problems are the fear of getting into drugs and the temptation of doing drugs. My opinion to all teenagers is to stop doing drugs. My other is to get control of your life and think about your future and the way you want to live when you are twenty or thirty. If you want to have kids and want their kids not to grow up doing drugs then get off drugs and never get back on them because they're addicting and they ruin your life.

Cori Tripp

Teacher: Stacey Hill

Gutierrez Middle School

Most teenagers face problems like drugs, stress, and a lot more. I think the greatest problem today with teens is miscommunication with family. When we don't have a healthy family relationship, eventually we end up doing things without thinking, which leads to more problems. We start to think that nobody cares for us and try to get attention by doing wrong things.

Gabriela Romero

Teacher Robert Leal

Veterans Memorial Academy

The greatest problem facing teens today is apathy. Teens are lazy we tend to procrastinate in whatever we do. The problem with laziness is that it is hard to stop, but it is more or less something we grow out of.

Jason Venegas

Teacher: Jean Bovee

Weslaco High School

I think the greatest problem that teenagers are facing today is the lack of education. There are too many teenagers dropping out of school, most young people don't care about their education anymore. Teachers complain that students aren't enthusiastic and know very little and that they often come to class without supplies. Most teens aren't interested in education because they feel that they can get a job without it.

Stephanie Quintanilla

Teacher: Ricardo Orozco/Ray Olague

Weslaco East High School

I think the greatest problem facing teenagers today is low self-value or low self-esteem. Teenagers with low self-esteem often feel like they're not good enough, and feel inferior to everyone else. Some put others down with teasing, name calling, etc. This gives them fake confidence. Sometimes the person getting teased so much feels so unvalued, and unaccepted that they commit suicide or have to go to counseling. By making others feel bad to make yourself feel or seem better, you not only destroy the persons confidence and selfesteem but stop them from being themselves for fear of being judged and criticized even more.

Karina Reyes

Teacher: Danette Atkinson

Rio Hondo High School

I think the greatest problem against teens is drinking while driving. I know teenagers like to party and be crazy, but still they need to be careful. Millions of teenagers die from drinking and driving. There is one way to prevent it, Don't drink! Drink soda, water, or tea

instead.

Israel Figueroa

Teacher: Anna Zambrano

W.B. Green Junior High School

Drugs, alcohol, sex. These are great problems facing teens today, but the greatest problem facing teens today is peer pressure. Peer pressure is the main cause of why teens do these things. If it weren't for peer pressure, we wouldn't have so many problems happening around our youth. It's good to have friends, but if a friend tells you to try a drug, or something that you know isn't right, and they also say it is good, that friend isn't a friend at all.

Daniel Andrade

Teacher: Jean Bovee

Weslaco High School

I think the biggest problem facing teens is trying to fit in. Everyone tries to fit into some kind of click. Most teens try fitting in with a group to have a sense of belonging. A lot of teens think it's better to be in a group with people that like you because of what you have or how you dress, but it's better to have friends that like you for you and not something you're trying to be. The people that you're trying to impress will end up leaving you in a bad situation whereas the people that like you for you will stick up for you and defend you even if you're wrong. Just be yourself. If you just hang out with your real friends, you will realize that those are the people you are meant to be friends with.

Cheyenne Cazares

Teacher: Barbara Gates

Memorial Middle School

One of the most crucial problems facing teens is the economy. Of course, it is not a direct impact on us teens as it is on our elders, but its presence is still felt as we struggle to do what was once considered manageable. I am talking of course about college, the economy's

plummet into the depths of hollow investments and have taken their toll on the entrance to college. Scholarships are becoming brawls and tuition is becoming unreachable, the lengths of which must be met by the average teen is unbearable; loans are negligent to be considered and the affordability of residence is yet a whole other aspect.

Zachary Rodriguez

Teacher: Jean Bovee

Weslaco High School

The biggest problem facing teens today is pregnancy. Girls and boys are having sex and girls are getting pregnant by not having protection. Teenagers should not be having sex in their teen years and especially not having babies. When teenagers have kids, they normally don't

have any money to pay for them. The babies will grow up the wrong way because teenagers are still learning to grow up and take care of themselves. Teenagers should wait until they are responsible enough to raise their own child. If you look at some of the children growing

up today, you can see there is something wrong with the way their life is turning out because they were raised by a teenager.

Sara Mesa

Teacher: Barbara Gates

Memorial Middle School

I honestly think the greatest problem facing teenagers today is that teens don't stand up for what they believe in. They feel pressured to do what their friends do, even when they know it is wrong. Teens who live under the influence often make the wrong choices such as getting involved in drugs, violence, and engaging in sex at an early age. Teens try and act cool just to fit in, when in reality they look dumb and run the risk of getting in trouble with the law.

Samantha Zeino

Teacher: Ricardo Orozco/Ray Olague

Weslaco East High School

The greatest problems facing teenagers today are drugs. Everybody thinks it's cool, but it's not. It is hurting you, your body, and everyone around you. Doing drugs is bad, but mimicking doing drugs is really dumb. You get sick from drugs, you get tar in your lungs, your fingernails become ugly, and you're hurting everyone around you by second hand smoke. So don't do drugs because you're hurting everyone especially yourself.

Irasema DeLeon

Teacher: Sherry Wiesman

Coakley Middle School

I think drugs are the greatest problem facing teenagers today. Teenagers think drugs are cool, even though they are killing themselves. Once they use them, they stay in that small world with drugs. They don't think that they are going to grow and be better in life. This drug chemical brainwashes the brain and the teenager stays the same until someone helps him.

Ricardo Torres

Teacher Robert Leal

Veteran's Memorial Academy

I believe that the most difficult problem that many teenagers are dealing with nowadays would probably be stress. Whether it be stress about college, about peer pressure, about money matters, or stress about school. Some people don't know how to deal with stress, but the best way to handle it is to just play it cool, relax, and let it work itself out in the end.

Jorge Cantu

Teacher David Means

San Benito High School

There are many problems facing teenagers today, but I think that the biggest problems is the pressure to have sex, many teen girls are becoming mothers and they have to raise the child on there own because the father does not stick around. Being sexually active at such a

young age also causes people to dropout, unwanted sexually transmitted disease, and single parents. Teens should not have sex at such a young age, and if they do make the choice they should not do it unprotected.

Kazandra Cassanova

Teacher: Ricardo Orozco/ Ray Olague

Weslaco East High School

I think the biggest problems facing teenagers are violence and gangs. Most teenagers get involved with violence and gangs because of peer pressure or they don't have better things to do. Violence can lead to severe injuries or possibly death. Many teenagers are getting involved with violence because they mimic the adults in their lives. Gangs are a bad influence on society. They recruit new members by threatening them. One major thing gangs are known for is graffiti. This really makes homeowners and businesses mad. I would never participate in any of these bad things and I suggest you don't either.

Destiny Mendez

Teacher: Sherry Wiesman

Coakley Middle School

I think that the biggest problem facing teenagers is gangs. Gangs are a big problem because they give drugs to teenagers. Teenagers think they are protected by the gangs they join. They get involved in gang violence and drugs; they then become trouble makers. Gangs also kill

people, and they tag many places. They also steal from people's houses and stores.

Carlos Dircio

Teacher: Anna Zambrano

W.B. Green Junior High 

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