#23 Too Late Now
The star football player was accused of raping someone in the bathroom. This ruined his life and subsequently, he was in custody/juvie/jail (unsure which) for quite a while, all potential scholarships have now gone and no hope of a career in sports. This happened when I just entered high school, I didn’t know the guy but I saw him regularly, he was the school’s pride and joy before the allegations.
Time moves forward and it turns out that he did not rape anyone (I’m unsure if the girl recanted her allegation, or what, this was 15+ years ago so a lot of details are hard to remember), but it was too late, the damage was done. This all happened over the course of ~three years. He ended up coming BACK to school, unsure as to how or why, but I suppose he was just trying to pick up where he left off? He was just, different, his face, his demeanor, everything. He was no longer the same person and it was gut-wrenching. He was an incredibly nice and fun guy before everything happened, but once he came back he was just a hardened jerk, always looking for a fight. He was conditioned to accept the street life (for lack of a better term) for a crime he didn’t even commit and even thinking about all these years later fills me with intense equal parts sadness and rage.
I hope everything worked out for you Q. —Fenixfrost