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    21 Dumb — And I Mean Extremely Dumb — Choices Teens Made On TV Shows

    The young and the thoughtless.

    We recently asked the members of the BuzzFeed Community to tell us what they consider to be the dumbest decisions teens on TV shows have made. Here are some of the best replies:

    Warning: This post contains references of sexual assault.

    🚨Spoilers Ahead!🚨

    1. When Ben and Amy were high school freshmen but got fake IDs and eloped on The Secret Life of the American Teenager.

    Ben and Amy walking down the aisle

    "And all their friends got fake IDs to act as witnesses and attend the 'wedding.'"


    2. When Finn outed Santana in the hallway on Glee.

    Finn outing Santana in the hallway

    3. When Finn started singing “You’re Having My Baby” to Quinn in front of her parents before they knew she was pregnant on Glee.

    Finn singing "You're Having My Baby" at a dinner with Quinn and her parents

    "TBH, the whole pregnancy was just a mess....from Finn believing she got pregnant from a jacuzzi to her actually having Puck’s baby, then trying to get it back two seasons later......Glee was a lot."


    4. When Clay from 13 Reasons Why yelled at his principal and cops, took their gun, and started waving it around to make a point about guns being bad.

    Clay waving around a gun in the school hallway

    5. When Ani hooked up with Bryce on 13 Reasons Why despite knowing he was a sexual abuser.

    Ani and Bryce about to kiss

    "She knew he was a sexual abuser because everyone told her, but she slept with him anyway. Jess was her best friend and it took Ani forever to see that what she did was so wrong."


    6. When Eric chose to date Adam on Sex Eduaction, even though he bullied him every day at school for years.

    Adam intimidating Eric from Season 1 and Adam and Eric kissing from Season 2

    "Adam was his bully and though he might’ve grown up and matured a bit, a relationship that begins on toxic terms doesn’t really make sense to me. I understand that Eric didn’t have the spark with Rahim, but he could've just chosen neither of them. Eric deserves so much better!"


    7. When Blair and Sterling chased a guy after he pointed a gun at them on Teenage Bounty Hunters.

    Sterling and Blair holding a gun and chasing after a guy

    8. When Sabrina met her past self on Chilling Adventures of Sabrina and decided that instead of merging into one person, one should rule Hell while the other lives on Earth.

    Sabrina Spellman and Sabrina Morningstar

    "It messed up the whole cosmos and it could have literally created a mess out of the time paradox."


    9. When Scott McCall from Teen Wolf went to the woods with Stiles and decided to hide instead of going home with Stiles and his dad.

    Scott wandering the woods alone and seeing a werewolf

    "He had a fucking inhaler and still thought it was a good idea to go back through the dark woods!"


    10. On Teen Wolf, when everyone treated Malia like she was a teenager after she turned back into a human after eight years.

    Malia turning from a coyote to a human

    "She dates Stiles and went to high school despite the fact that she technically had the maturity and education of like an 8-year-old."

    Tessa Fahey

    11. When Emma and Spinner decided to stay married after they had gotten drunkenly married on Degrassi: The Next Generation.

    Spencer and Emma getting married at the beach

    "They hardly ever talked to each other before and they were drunk when they got married. The saddest part is that the writers of Degrassi actually shipped Emma and Sean, so why didn’t they make them endgame?"


    12. When Rory missed Lorelai's graduation to visit Jess on Gilmore Girls.

    Rory hanging out with Jess and Lorelai walking across the stage at graduation
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    "It makes me so angry because Lorelai worked so hard to graduate and obviously wanted Rory to see that. But Rory was confused about her feelings, so she ditched school and visited Jess in NEW YORK. I know he changed, but in Season 2 I did not like him at all, so it makes me more frustrated that she did that. And on top of that, she forgot the fucking gift she bought for Lorelai!!!"


    13. Everything that Andrew Van de Kamp did in the first few seasons of Desperate Housewives.

    Andrew driving and hitting Carlos Solis' mother with the word "drunk" written on him

    14. When Monse kissed Spooky on On My Block, even though he was her boyfriend's brother.

    Monse kissing Spooky

    15. On 90210, when Liam didn't tell Naomi that he cheated with her sister, so Naomi kept believing that he cheated with Annie.

    The CW

    "He let Naomi ruin Annie’s life and made her lose all her friends. Liam was a jerk for this and Annie needed better friends. They were so quick to forgive Liam, but not Annie, even though, AGAIN, she did literally nothing wrong and Liam's the one who cheated on Naomi."


    16. When Jughead joined the South Side Serpents gang on Riverdale just to stop them from messing with his friends at Riverdale High.

    Jughead shaking hands with Sweet Pea and Toni giving him a South Side Serpents Jacket
    The CW

    17. Whenever Lucas cheated on Brooke with her best friend, Peyton.

    Lucas telling Peyton he doesn't want to hurt Brooke and then kissing her
    The WB / The CW

    "Ugh, still pisses me off."


    18. When Emily, Spencer, Aria, and Hanna didn't just tell their parents the truth at the beginning of Pretty Little Liars.

    Spencer, Emily, Aria, and Hanna

    "Shoplifting probably isn’t as bad as letting your mom sleep with the officer who caught you in order to let you off without charges."


    19. When Rory slept with Dean, who was married, on Gilmore Girls.

    Rory and Dean kissing
    The WB / The CW

    20. Whenever Archie, a teenager, got involved with Hiram and his mob affairs on Riverdale.

    Archie and Hiram in Hiram's study
    The CW

    "That man has been nothing but trouble for Archie."


    21. And finally, everything Archie does on Riverdale.

    Archie wearing a superhero costume
    The CW

    What's the dumbest decision a teenager made in a TV show? Let us know in the comments!

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