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Dear Megan,
I have a problem with my friend. She is always looking at my papers and copying from me at school. I ask her to stop, but she just says, "Stop what?" Should I still be her friend? What should I do about copying?

-- Doing All the Work

Dear Doing All the Work,

I think you should talk to your friend. Even though she denies it, you just have to keep talking to her. See if she is having problems in school. If she is, offer to help her out so that she understands the material better.

Keep talking to her and trying to get her to stop. It's OK if you get mad at her and stop talking to her for a little while, but don't stop being her friend. If she's a true friend, she'll realize what she's doing is wrong and stop and try to get help. If she doesn't stop, then she probably isn't a true friend. She's just trying to get all the answers from you.

Friends are supposed to be there for each other. Try to help her in school, but not by having her copy you. If she doesn't stop, she's just using you for your brain.

Got a problem? Write to Megan in care of NeXt, The Buffalo News, P.O. Box 100, Buffalo, N.Y. 14240.

Megan is really Lauren Richardson, a sophomore at West Seneca East High School.

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