Most people remember the longing to belong that is common during the teen years. Some may think that the majority of peer pressure happens at school, but is this really the case? Students interviewed at Elkin High admitted to experiencing peer pressure, but surprisingly identified it as happening mostly outside of school.
Elkin freshman Lilliannah Harrison said she had experienced peer pressure, but explained it was “not at school.” The reason for that lack of pressure at school may be the presence of adults. Freshman Katie Sidden agreed with Harrison and said she did not feel the effects of peer pressure “because of the teachers.”
Teachers are aware of peer pressure occurring in the school and try to alleviate it whenever possible. It also affects people differently. Brent Poplin, a teacher in Career and Technical Education, said, “Yes, [peer pressure occurs] but at different levels and point of views. Some people see it as picking, while others take it personal.”
Guidance counselor Ginger Isenhoward said students are definitely affected by their peers at Elkin High. “People want to feel accepted and part of something, like everyone else.” However, a student knowing a caring adult is never far away reduces the normal stress of high school.
Avery Sheets, Belle Reynolds, Kaily Harris, and Skylar Shears are member of the Elkin High School Honors English I class.