In 2016, an 18-year-old Ohio teenager named Izaha Akins fooled an entire school, multiple police officers, and a car dealership that he was the youngest State Representative ever. He was escorted to the school, given a tour, and spoke to the high school students about being involved in politics.
When the "affluenza teen" Ethan Couch was 13, he was allowed to drink and to drive himself to school. When the head of the school objected, Couch's father threatened to buy the school.
In 1996, a black teenager named Keshia Thomas, while marching to protest a KKK rally in Michigan, protected a white man, who had an "SS" tattoo and a confederate flag shirt, from the attacks of a crowd. She threw herself on him to deflect the mob's strikes, due to her belief that "nobody deserves to be hurt."
A 14-year-old black teenager named Emmett Till was killed in 1955 for allegedly flirting with a white female. The murderers were acquitted in a trial by an all-white jury.
When teens are taught that people have the potential to change their socially relevant traits over time, they tend to cope better with social stress and end up earning better grades in school.
In 1944, a black teenager named George Stinney was accused of murdering two white girls on flimsy evidence. He was tried without legal representation with an all-white jury, and he was executed by electric chair at the age of 14 in South Carolina.
The Miss South Carolina teen, Caitlin Upton, who became an internet meme for her incomprehensible answer contemplated suicide after her pageant flub.
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A New Zealand teen named Matt Dillion Shannon set a friend on fire as a prank. In his defense, he stated, "If he'd stopped, dropped and rolled, it would have just been a joke instead of a serious incident."
A teenager hacked CIA director John Brennan's email by calling Verizon's customer support and pretending to be a Verizon technician.