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Updated: 04/25/2014 10:44:46PM

Perception among peers not reality

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When Becky Palmer was a student at Port Charlotte High School, she and a close group of friends from school hung out almost every weekend. The teens would gather at one another’s homes to watch TV, listen to music and talk.

One night, a group of kids showed up at the friends’ gathering with alcohol and cigarettes in hand. Those kids asked if the girls wanted to join in, and when Palmer declined, things got tense. There was cajoling, followed by teasing and name-calling. Eventually, Palmer asked the group to leave.

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