Why You Shouldn’t Snitch

Why You Shouldnt Snitch

Cinthia Marte , Staff Writer

There are times where we face the difficult decision to stay quiet or give in. But is it really ok to snitch? How will it affect others? How will it affect you? It has happened to all of us. We have snitched or been snitched on. Although snitching might make you feel content for a moment it is very bittersweet. There is a feeling of guilt and regret, a lingering tension and awkwardness. That leaves the relationship injured. It makes you wonder if things will ever be the same. Coming from someone who’s been there. For the reasons I have stated above and for other reasons I will state in this Op-Ed, it’s not okay to be a snitch.

One reason, why snitching is bad is because it ruins relationships you have with others. For example, when I would snitch on my older sister she would always get super mad at me and never want to talk to me. Me snitching on my sister made her lose her trust in me. Furthermore, she would always refuse to go with me anywhere and wouldn’t tell me anything. So we didn’t get along very well and she tended to ignore me. However, snitching on my sister did not only affect our relationship because when my sister told others I was a snitch other people would also find me untrustworthy.

Another reason, not to snitch is because you will feel guilty and uncomfortable around that person. For instance, after I snitched on my sister I felt guilty because she would get in trouble and I was the cause of it. I felt terrible, it was heavy on my conscience. Likewise, after my sister got in trouble it was very awkward to be around her. I knew she was not happy with me and I wasn’t really happy with myself either. In addition, not only was I uncomfortable around my sister for some time, but I’m sure she was also uncomfortable with me.

Finally, you should not be a snitch because you gain nothing from snitching. When you snitch on someone they will seek vengeance and find a way to get back at you. This will only cause you problems because when I snitched, my sister would get back at me whether it was a fight or sassy remarks. She would always find a way to get back at me. I was always on edge after snitching. Something else I learned from my experience in being a snitch was that when you snitch nobody is happy. I would always get scolded by others for snitching, they would always say that I should stand by my sister and that we had to keep our own secrets.

In conclusion, it’s not ok to be a snitch because it ruins your relationship with others, it’s bittersweet and leaves you feeling guilty, and overall you gain nothing from snitching. Some people might say that snitching is a great way to get back at someone. But do you think the person will move on? That person might feel angry and betrayed which can lead them to seek revenge from you. As the great Ekemini Udoeyo once said, “What goes around comes around. What goes up must come down. Life is full of choices, choose wisely.”