It's tough to become a new person. It's tough to change. It's easy to be stuck in a rut. Once you're known for something, people expect you to keep it up. They wait for you to do more of the same. Whether it's something positive or negative. The problem is that these expectations make it harder for people to change. If a student is known as a troublemaker, the other students freak out when they don't do something bad. If a student is known as a perfect kid, then they have to basically kill somebody and eat them to shake off that image.
That's why the role of Barnabas is so important. Somebody that will come alongside people and encourage them. Help them through their transition and see the desire for change, for improvement. I wish I was more like that. JM