>>56536263>Maybe I'm just cynical because of my sister's "friends" during high school
I work with children and I've observed this in children as young as seven. And when I say children, I do mean girls. Always girls. They WILL lie to get other children into trouble - and when I say other children that does usually mean boys.
They won't even necessarily get an adult involved. I've observed girls, while playing with boys, pretending to get hurt so that the boys will stop the game to see if she's all right. Sometimes the girl will then threaten to tell the teacher that they hurt her in order to get what she wants. It really does seem like crocodile tears are an in-built, reflexive action for some girls.
Fortunately seven year olds aren't very good liars, so it's easy for me to pick out which ones are likely to do that sort of thing. The trouble is, some adults are completely unable to deal it. I happened to overhear a conversation between two teachers who had noticed - completely independently of me - that one girl was a particular problem. They were discussing how to broach the subject with the girl's class teacher, who was completely oblivious to the fact and perfectly happy to enable her behaviour by coddling her poor, victimised little angel.
Fortunately at that age the children only lie about petty things and don't do it with any real malice. It's simply that unlike regular bullying, girls aren't taught that it's mean to do that (because that would be sexist).
I shudder to think what it's like at high-school level though. I personally wouldn't set foot in a high-school unless I was allowed to wear a body-cam.>>56537238
I think everyone has a story similar to this. The irony is that this is going to be the next Weinstein moment - right now no one is speaking up because a single person with a single story will get shouted down, but sooner or later it's all going to reach critical mass.