Mary and Stacey are seniors at Silver State High School. They have
been friends since the second grade. Stacey called Mary on Saturday
evening and asked her to take her home because she could not find her
car. Mary knows that her best friend has been drinking excessively over
the past 3 months. She has been withdrawing from Mary and gravitating
toward her new friends, who party every weekend with alcohol and
marijuana. Mary decided to pick her up because she did not want her
friend hurt. While taking Stacey home, Mary tried to talk to her about
her drinking and drug use. Stacey became very defensive and stated that
Mary was now sounding like her parents.
Primary Task Response: Within the Discussion Board
area, write 400–600 words that respond to the following questions with
your thoughts, ideas, and comments. This will be the foundation for
future discussions by your classmates. Be substantive and clear, and use
examples to reinforce your ideas.
- At this stage in her development, who is more important to Stacey—her parents and best friend, or her new peers? Explain.
- What is your reasoning behind this decision? Explain.
- What could her best friend and parents do to help change Stacey’s thought processes? Explain.
- How could Stacey’s delinquent behavior eventually lead to criminal behavior? Explain.