Taylor swift once said: "no matter what happens in life, be good to people. Being good to people is a wonderful legacy to leave behind" and she's right. A person’s life course can change in the matter of a second. However, the way you handle the situation and get back on your feet is how people will remember you. If you decide to run off crying and screaming, people will remember you for that. But if you gracefully hold your stance and defend the truth and handle the situation calmly, it will prove to be a credit to you.
Today, I was approach by a person who I believed was my friend. As every friendship does, we had had our ups and downs, but were almost always on good terms... Until today. She yelled and she screamed at me, believing other people, who thought they knew the truth, over me (who really does know the truth). It's ironic how people hate the idea of gossip, but are always quick to find the person who has 'done something wrong' in the word of gossip.
Now I'm no expert, but I believe that getting to the bottom of something is much easier when handled with care and grace. Of course people are going to jump to conclusions and be angry, however, if I can give you all one piece of advice, don't yell and scream until you know the full story. It's easy for the truth to get lost in hearsay and gossip.
Also, if you're going to start a petty fight, try to find a time to start it when it is not during a stressful time filled with exams, SACs or any other important events. This can really throw a person off, and as much as you may dislike them at the time, it's not morally right.