Anita and Sarah were both 14 - they had been friends since childhood. One day they were out shopping in the market together when they came across some beautiful red shiny shoes. Sarah fell in love with the shoes but she didn’t have enough money to buy them. When no one was looking she quickly put them in her bag. Anita was shocked and felt really uncomfortable. She wondered why Sarah would do that.
Stealing was always a bad idea and if Sarah wanted the shoes she could have saved up to buy them. Sarah begged her not to tell anyone and they both left the market and went home.
When Anita got home she looked upset and worried. She was really nervous someone might have seen and that she might get in trouble because of Sarah. Anita’s mum noticed something was wrong and asked her what happened but Anita didn’t know what to say. Part of her was afraid and felt she should keep quiet. Part of her wanted to be brave and tell the truth.
What do you think Anita did Springsters?... She told the truth! Telling a lie might seem like an easy way out, but it always comes back to haunt you. Telling the truth might be difficult but at least it’s the right thing to do.
If you ever find yourself in a similar situation here are some tips for talking to someone about it:
1. Speak to a trusted adult.
Anita was right in speaking to her mum rather than keeping all her negative emotions to herself. Before opening up remember to think through what you’re going to say and stay calm as you express yourself.
2. Be honest about the situation.
Telling the truth builds trust and trust between you and your parents is important. Gaining future support is also easier when people know you are an honest person.
3. Take responsibility for your actions.
Try not to give into peer pressure but if you do something wrong, own up to your actions and apologise. Saying sorry can go a long way.
4. BE BRAVE and COURAGEOUS.
If you see something wrong, don’t be afraid to report it. Always stand for what is right. It pays off in the long term.
Anita’s mum ended up talking to Sarah’s mum and Sarah returned the shoes and learnt her lesson. Initially Sarah was angry at Anita but she realised in the end Anita was just being a good friend.