Ethical Dilemma Scenarios for Students

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Ethical Dilemma Scenarios for Students

  1. You are grounded. Your parents are away for the evening. Friends drop by and want you to join them for a hamburger. You know that it will be at least 2 hours before your parents come home. In sharing the dilemma with your friends, they remind you that the punishment given by your parents was not fair. What choice to you make?

  2. The clerk at the record store forgot to charge you for one of the CDs you purchased. You realize this as you are walking out of the store. In looking back to the register, there is already a long line. Your first thought is that this wasn't your mistake. Maybe something like this will teach the clerk a lesson about being more careful. Then, you think about how hungry you are and that the money just "saved" could feed you nicely. What will you do?

  3. You find a wallet containing $500. No one sees you pick it up. There is a name inside of the wallet.

But, you don't know the owner. In fact, you're not even sure if the address is close to your house. Again, you look around and realize that nobody saw you. No one needs to know that you found the wallet. What will you do?

  1. At lunch time you realize that you forgot to do your math homework. The assignment is 3 pages long with 45 computation problems to complete. Instead of eating, you start to do the assignment. A friend offers you his completed assignment to copy before class. What will you do?

  1. You promise a friend that you would go to the movies with him on Saturday. After you made the promise, the most popular kid in school invites you to a swim party at his house on the same day. You're thrilled to be invited and really want to go to his swim party. But your friend did not receive an invitation. Should you cancel or uphold your commitment to go to the movies?

  2. Your best friend makes fun of your 8th grade math teacher everyday. Usually, it is just when the two of you are alone. Other times, he does it when you're with friends. He even smarts off in class, poking fun of the teacher. Your response is to laugh along whether you’re alone with your friend or when he pokes fun in front of the teacher or when you're with other kids. It's starting to get old, and you no longer find his actions funny. But you don't know what to do. When you mention this to your friend, he tells you to lighten up - it's no big deal. How do you respond?

  3. A close friend gets a job as assistant manager of a record store. You visit her and she gives you three CDs saying, "The owner is really a jerk and the inventory system is so bad here they never know what they have in stock, Even my manager takes stuff home. You can have the CDs if you want." What would you do?

  4. Now that you are a high school senior, your dad's on your case before you go out on Saturday nights.

It all started when you told him about how your friends have been drinking at some of the parties you go to. He really freaked out when you told him that your friends are pressuring you to drink. You're honest with your dad and say that alcohol is ript: of any interest to you. You know if you're caught drinking, you will be off the basketball team and lose any hope of receiving a scholarship. Your dad's strategy is this - the next time you're asked to have a drink, you are suppose to lie and say that every time you come home from a party, your dad gives you a drug test. This bothers you because it would not be the truth. Do you follow your dad's suggestion? How would your dad feel if you said that telling a lie is not a way to get out of this situation? What would you do?
9. Over the intercom at your middle school, the dean announces that a teacher's laptop has been stolen from her classroom. If it is not turned in by the afternoon, a locker search will take place. You remember that when you came to school this morning, you noticed that the kid whose locker is next to yours was stuffing what looked like a laptop in his backpack. Do you go down to the office and share what you know with the dean? Do you find the kid and ask if he took it? Maybe he'll give you some money (which you really could use) to have you keep quiet. How should you proceed?

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