I feel like there is a huge issue at the school I work at with students who are severe "wannabes". There is a copycat culture of kids who want the persona of a thug or gang member. I am currently dealing with a student who has taken this desire to an extreme. The last few days he has talked ad nauseam about how he ditches school, how he gets high every day, how his probation officer won't leave him alone, running from the police, and all things criminal related. He literally has gone bell to bell talking about "thug life". For kicks and giggles, I looked up his cumulative, and nothing about it confirms his stories. No SARB tickets, has never been caught with drugs on campus, no arrests or citations, etc. I also looked him up in our system (which tells us when a student has a PO) and he does not have one. His spiel is getting really tiresome and it is bringing down the morale of what is generally a good class period. He's not breaking any school rules, but I definitely want to nip this issue in the bud. I feel like addressing this with counseling or campus aides would only feed into his "thug" persona. Another teacher recommended calling him out in front of the class about not having any record when he starts his nonsense but I'm worried that would turn him completely against me or embarrass him more than most 16-year-olds deserve... Any thoughts or comments?