You hear all those stories of cliques and the popular people.
There's a group of them in almost every school. And then of course, there's everyone else. Everyone else would usually fit into two basic categories: the ones who completely hate them, and the ones who would do absolutely anything to be a part of them. Luckily, that doesn't happen all the time. When you are everyone else, there's no median or go-between within the groups.
It's simple, and the whole "You don't like me? I don't like you" makes for good drama. There is something about the stalking and strange obsessions that turn the "in-crowd" to hatred.
Almost every teenager has been the victim and the predator - the one who taunts and the one who is humiliated. It can't be helped. But those who are different are usually bullied because that is supposedly the society of high school. And those who befriend the different, and are different themselves, are lower than the low in the eyes of teenagers that are judgemental.
Also, the social ladder can be, and is, a frustrating thing. The popular students control the student body. Or at least they try to - because some students have had it with being mean to others. Instead, they try being both popular and nice at the same time (which is much better, in my opinion, as well as neater, too).
However, it's not always like that. The ones below the popularity circle listen - listen and nothing else.
What are your views on popularity and being popular?