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Beaverton Teen Talk: Should Middle Schoolers Be Dating?

| April 1, 2017 | 0 Comments

By Macy Montgomery (Grade 8)25 Holding hands by Oscar Diaz

Breaking news!

Just last week, during 6th grade lunch, Preston took a big step and asked Emma out after being dared by his best friend Tyrone. But then, tragedy struck! They broke up the same day!

The next day came around and surprisingly Preston asked Emma out again. Emma was so excited. If he came back, it must be love. Hours pass by and their feelings grow.

On day two of their relationship, Preston slips his hand into hers. It’s real. And then tragedy strikes again! The whole sixth grade is rocked by scandal.

Everyone was sure Preston and Emma were wildly in love, but, just an hour after their first hand-holding incident, Tyrone sneakily asks Emma out.

She says “Yes.” Emma and Preston are history, and the betrayal crushes Preston and Tyrone’s ‘ever-since-elementary-school friendship’.

Dating in middle school is ridiculous.

Most of the time, it is unwanted and creates an overwhelming amount of drama. Although it can make these lovers happier and cheerful for a short period of time, it can be stressful, distracting, and lead to depression.

Relationships are filled with emotional highs and lows, and those feelings can prevent a middle-schooler from learning lessons that will help them all of their life for a relationship that lasts only a few days. This must be stopped!

Is it worth it?

At the time, your middle school relationship might feel like the world to you, but is it really worth it if you are going to lose a friend? In Tyrone’s case, he immediately apologized to both Preston and Emma for betraying them and they later became friends again.

But this is not the situation in all cases. Sometimes the beginning of a very short romantic relationship can cause the ending of a very long friendship. Your friends who you thought would always be there, disappear in a flash.

If you are a middle schooler considering a relationship, think about the consequences and everything that comes with it. I know, I know. You’re different. You’re more mature. None of that will happen in your middle grade relationship. It’s going to last forever.

Yeah right.

So, if you don’t take my advice, and you’re all set to embark on this perilous and completely needless odyssey anyway, at least take these pick-up lines which I have provided for your consideration:

I seem to have lost my number. Could I have yours?

I’m not a photographer but I can still picture you and I together.

Macy Montgomery is an 8th grade student at Health and Science School who loves food, sleeping, and science. Photo by Oscar Diaz, senior at Health and Science School.

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Category: Beaverton Teen Talk, Beaverton Voice

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