Caving In & Catching Cases (Peer Pressure)

Posted by Corey L. Scott | Dec 12, 2021 | 0 Comments

Over the years I have observed too many people make catastrophic, major mistakes, all because of a little peer pressure. I am not exaggerating here; I have seen an excessive amount of people who have completely ruined their lives thanks to peer pressure. There is a particular case that I know of where someone actually agreed to participate in a robbery, just because someone talked them into it. Only, that robbery went horribly wrong, and turned into a murder. Multiple lives were ruined that night, and to make matters worse, most involved were very young. Young people are significantly more susceptible to be caught up in social pressures, and it is for young people I write this for today.

When someone gives into peer pressure, it is typically out of a fear of being seen a certain way. They don't want to be perceived as soft or seem like they aren't down. What I want to say to you readers, especially to you young people, is that you are reading this for a reason. I don't believe that anything occurs by happenstance, and if you are reading this right now it is because you were meant to read this. If you are considering doing something just because you are worried others will think less of you, please pause, and give that some thought. Think about what you really want to do in your heart.

Most of the time when we are about to make a huge mistake, there is something inside of you that says, “You know what, this sounds like a horrible idea.” When you hear that little voice of reason in your head, you need to listen to it. Especially if the only reason you are considering the possibility is out of a fear of being judged! I understand that saying no to your peers can be a difficult thing to do. If you are unable to assertively say no to them, you can always make something up. Whatever you do, do not participate in anything that you do not feel right about, or feel like you are being pressured into. Let that person who is pressuring you do it by themselves.

I don't know who this is for or who needs to hear this, but I hope that it helps you. I would be thrilled to hear you say sometime in the future, “You know what, Mr. Scott, I didn't know you from Adam, but I was about to make an awful decision when I happened to watch your video/read your blog. Something compelled me to do something different.” I pray that this has been helpful, and if this doesn't apply to you, please share it with someone who might need to hear it. Until next time, remember- if you have to be guilty of anything, be guilty of greatness.

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Corey L. Scott

Corey L. Scott, was born and raised in East Chicago, Indiana. Upon graduation from East Chicago Central High School, Corey attended Indiana State University and graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminology.  Upon graduation, Corey accepted a position with the Marion County Superior Court, Juvenile Division where he served with distinction for the next nine years, eventually being promoted to Director of the Youth Counseling Department. Pursuing his dream of becoming an attorney, Corey attended the Indiana University School of Law-Indianapolis.  While in law school, Corey was an Indiana Council on Legal Education Opportunity (ICLEO) fellow and participated in Moot Court competitions.  He also worked in the Marion Superior Court, Criminal Division as a bailiff and research assistant to the Honorable Tanya Walton Pratt, who serves as a Judge on the United States District Court for the Southern District of Indiana. Corey also served as an internship law clerk to the Honorable Judge, Margret G. Robb, at the Indiana Court of Appeals. Finally, upon graduation from law school, Corey had the distinct honor and privilege to serve as a law clerk to the Honorable Justice, Robert D. Rucker, who sits on the Indiana Supreme Court. Corey then became an associate with Mike Norris Law Office, where he specialized in bankruptcy law with a main concentration on working to assist families obtain a fresh start through Chapter 7 bankruptcy.  Still a young attorney, Corey then served as a public defender at the Marion County Public Defender Agency.  In this position, Corey gained invaluable trial experience by defending clients in a wide range of matters from misdemeanors to serious felonies on a daily basis.  It was also during this time that Corey discovered his passion for representing and serving "everyday people." An entrepreneur at heart, Corey established the Law Office of Corey L. Scott, P.C.  Since then, he and his staff have served the greater Indianapolis community and surrounding counties in several legal disciplines including: Bankruptcy, Criminal Defense and Family Law.  In keeping with his vision, Corey L. Scott, P.C., is a client focused, results oriented general law practice that endeavors to provide legal solutions for "everyday people" charged with a crime, dealing with financial crisis or going through a difficult divorce. Corey has also been active serving the greater Indianapolis community by participating in pro bono programs such as "Ask a Lawyer," the "Modest Means" panel program which allows individuals to afford legal counsel at a fraction of normal rates, Neighborhood Christian Legal Clinic and the Heartland Pro Bono Council program. Corey is a proud member of the Indianapolis Bar Association, Indiana Bar Association, American Bar Association, National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and the National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys.


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