I supervised a handful of kids today as they performed cemetery clean-up duties to fulfill community service obligations. The young delinquents performed very well for the most part. I did have to remind one kid, who called me an ass, that I was doing him the favor and if he wanted me to sign off on his service he better find the capacity for respect. Once he understood I had zero patience for taking crap he turned out to be a pretty decent sort.
At one point I asked another kid, a freshman in high school, what he had done to deserve his fine fate.
"Let's just say I made some bad choices."
Who says kids don't listen in school? They might not be learning how to behave, but they sure as hell are learning how to spin.