Being too scared to tell
A lot of things go on in school especially high school and the weaker students are too scared to tell. Often when a larger boy hits or robs, shoves, spits on the victim knows that nothing will be done and telling only makes it worse.
One night some kids disguised themselves in masks and spray painted obscenities on the sidewalk and walls of the school. They dumped a bucket of white paint on the black asphalt behind the building and overall made a hard to clean up the mess. In fact, the asphalt was never completely cleaned up and it was still there when I graduated. The word f*** and s*** was everywhere as were epithets such as N***** go home and things like that.
A reward of $1000.00 was made and I knew exactly who did it. They were part of a gang that terrorized the neighborhood and if I had told on them and if they had found out I might be dead.
I overheard them bragging about it a few days later. One of them wore a coat that had paint spilled on it.
I didn't collect my one thousand dollars. No one ever said a word although a lot of people knew about it and who did it.