My favorite story of ruining your future appeared on the television show COPS with a Los Angeles police report of a drug paraphernalia bust that ended in the confiscating of a high school girl's car.
The police stopped a car with three persons in it early in the morning. It is daylight. The driver is the oldest person in the car and he has no ID or license. He also has drugs in customer size packs. The girl is in the passenger seat with no clothing at all on herself.
In the back seat is a younger male who is found sitting on hypodermic needles, in an attempt to hide them. All is being filmed. The police ask the three to exit the car after they kindly locate a blanket to wrap around the girl. She is seen outside the car looking very dazed and confused.
They keep asking her who the driver is, since he has no identification. She does not know. They go on to explain to her that she needs to tell them who to call to come pick her up. The car will be seized and impounded since it had been involved in conducting drug trafficking.
The camera zooms in on her face as she realizes what is happening. Her life, as she knew it is over. She dumbly says, "You can't take my car. I have my college admissions test later today and I have no other way to get there!" The police tell her this is not negotiable. Her car is lost. She stands there stunned, clinging to the borrowed blanket. She has lots of "splainin" to do at home.
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On the morning of the Frederick Country Future Link Conference, the news on the radio reported two schools had extinguished fires that were set at the Tuscarora and Linganore High Schools. Students in the background check presentations in June were from those schools, but had not listened to the morning news. I asked them directly, "Were any of you involved in the fire set last night in the dumpster or the one set in the trash can in the girl's lavatory at ______________?" "If you were, I want you to identify yourselves now."
These students were impressed and wanted to know how I knew about these incidents. Of course, I didn't admit I just listened to the car radio while driving in.
These examples or similar ad hoc examples from the schools of the audience are good openers to discuss how the records of such incidents follow in life; or they are good to discuss how a decision about admitting or concealing the incident play out in the future review of activities about one's character.)