When you’re in high school or middle school or even college, there are some people who are so untouchably popular that their fall from grace can seem almost impossible.
…right up until it happens.
Here are thirty stories from Reddit of popular kids who came pariahs real fast.
1. The Class Clown
Him and another kid from our school got busted for picking up two middle school girls from the local mall and taking them to a motel.
He used to be the class clown and on the announcements and everything, but the dude was an untouchable from then on. I don’t even remember if he graduated.
2. The Thief
Wouldn’t say he was “popular” as this was college, but everyone knew him and he well liked. All around really friendly, the life of the party, and just a very open person.
He stole money from A LOT of people and it was all at once.
So it was a film school. We were on a project filing at a house. The bottom floor, which was just a room and the garage, is where people stored all their stuff, like book bags and equipment that was not currently being used. This guy went through everyones stuff and stole any cash he could find. I lost only 5 bucks- though when I got home that night and couldn’t do laundry I was a bit peeved- but some kids lost hundreds. There were people always coming and going in that space and it was only the crew so no one thought the stuff was unsafe down there.
I was down there at some point just taking a snack break with another person and saw him going through bags. He made up some BS that he was looking for his friends bag and her car keys. At the time I believed him and didn’t think anything more of it till it came out that people were missing money.
He was of course found out bc I was not the only one who saw him rifling through stuff, and it turned out he was a serious drug addict. I’m talking heroin drug addict, they found his stash when going through his dorm room. He was dismissed from the school and that’s the last I heard of him. Wonder what happened to him… Also never got my 5 bucks back.
3. The Wounded
A popular boy cried in class during a discussion about a recent tragedy because someone that was close to him died in said tragedy.
He got relentlessly bullied for the short time afterward that he was at that school. He was a good kid that didn’t deserve any of that.
I really hate middle school kids sometimes.
4. The Prankster
He was popular for doing dumb pranks. He had a devil may care attitude to everything, and was Really Attractive. That wasn’t the reason he was popular, but it helped.
Then he sprayed his displeasure over his recent break up with his well liked girlfriend, who was a kind soul, on her car with spray paint.
Suddenly he lost his crew, because they felt it was too far. He also rendered himself undateable because he had proved he was unstable and jealous. He literally went from a God to “that creep”
5. The Punk
He was popular among the group of people he was associated with, I don’t think he was super popular or anything. Punk/grunge kid.
All his popularity went out the window when he went out the window of his car, after he crashed it into a building because he was huffing paint and speeding down the road with one of the “groups'” popular girls.
Thankfully she survived, but from what I recall he wasn’t remembered so fondly after that.
6. The Cameraman
Kid made a video for a school project, which he played in front of the class….project video ended and cut to him beating his meat.
He was a freshman, he spent the remainder of HS known only as “ the cameraman “.
7. The Casanova
This senior got suspended cause he f**ked a freshman in the parking lot
8. The Addict
Word got out that this kid stole from his grandparents for drug money
9. The Chaser
He got super high one night. Got in his car with his friends. They thought they were getting chased by the police, ended up losing control of their car and drove it through someone’s house. He lost one of his fingers in the accident but fortunately no one else was seriously harmed. They were all removed from the baseball (etc.) teams that they were on.
10. The Assaulter
He whipped his d**k out during class and put it on the shoulder of the girl who was sitting in the desk in front of him.
He got kicked out immediately and I believe charges pressed for sexual assault. We were a couple of weeks from graduating too.
11. The It-Kid
Freshman year of high school. Very popular guy who was the it-kid freshman phenom WR on a nationally ranked team.
We were all leaving class one day. He randomly decided it was a good idea to make fun of a very well-loved handicapped guy who was dying of his condition (some advanced form of water on the brain if I remember correctly) and even decided to punch him. This knocked the poor kid to the ground.
About 10 guys immediately jumped him. A shop teacher saw it (the WR getting his) happen and let it continue for a minute before stopping things. Mr. Popular got quite messed up in that short window.
Kicked off team. Expelled. Moved schools in a move that I’m guessing was a way to start over at a new school??? Never heard from him again.
Went from pep rally king to degenerate outcast in 5 minutes. I had a front row seat and was one of 50+ who testified to the school admins.
The victim passed away later that school year from his condition. You almost never heard him speak, but when he did he was always kind and thoughtful.
12. The Criminal
Guy wasn’t exactly extremely popular to begin with… but was well known.
He punched some girl at my school in the face for no reason at a concert.
Shortly after this, there was news that he rolled his brand new Camaro going 95 in a 45. This caused him and another guy at our school a lot of injuries. His friend lost his entire ear in the accident. Oh and this was right after they stole beer from Kroger… they were drunk driving.
Anyways, people kept their distance after this.
13. The Athlete
Tall, good looking, foreign exchange student showed up one year with a killer smile and some impressive soccer skills.
Never thought I’d see school girls giggle and follow around boys in a crowd like they do in TV shows but this guy made it happen.
He abruptly stopped showing up one day after a few months.
Don’t know 100% what happened, but the rumor was that he got sent back for putting some pretty serious racist symbols in a poetry/art project thinking it would be a funny joke.
14. The Richie Rich
He was a new kid but due to his looks, parents wealth, and sports aptitude he quickly became popular. Then he made the mistake of bullying a harmless kid who was on the spectrum and was basically the football teams lucky charm.
They did not take kindly to that and he went from being the next big thing to being that kid no one wanted to talk to and he had to basically bribe people to keep them around.
He f**ked a dog
16. The Bald Fighter
She started a fight with another popular girl over something petty.
The other popular girl, unbeknownst to us all, practiced a martial art and delivered with one hand the most beautiful, graceful punch that I have ever had the pleasure of seeing whilst pulling out a chunk of hair with the other.
The other girl was suspended and skyrocketed higher than ever while the popular girl who started the fight became little more than a laughing stock with a temporary bald spot.
17. The Gossip Victim
Student president called our residential nice girl a b**ch. You know, the sweet heart who is kind to everyone, the girl that every guy has a crush on.
Small school so gossip ran through the halls like nothing else, but I’ve never seen the tables turn so viciously and decidedly.
18. The Drunk Driver
Popular girl was driving drunk on the way to school. And caused a pretty bad accident involving 3 other cars. She spilled liquor on herself and slammed on her brakes in a line of cars.(Her car managed not to have a scratch). She swaps seats with her passenger in front of everyone, before cops arrive.
A few minutes later we realize she has disappeared. She had slipped into another car that had stopped to see if everyone was okay.
Several people ended up getting tickets and her passenger ended up getting a dui. She was unpopular until graduation.
19. The Friend
I was the popular one until year 11 when my best friend started struggling with depression and became suicidal. Everyone started bullying her after she tried to kill herself, I stuck by her and got her to deactivate her social medias and stayed with her through lunch/recess to make sure she didn’t get cornered by a certain few girls.
For some reason this p**sed literally my whole year group off and they started to attack my social media instead. I kinda just avoided most people in school from then onwards.
(For anyone curious about my friend she’s doing great now and really pulled herself out of it)
20. The Bully
Way back when I was in school a girl who was quite popular decided she could make fun of another kids Down syndrome sibling in front of her friends.
Well the popular kids in my school weren’t jerks so they didn’t laugh and literally turned their backs on her.
She was a loner for the rest of the year and went goth the next then moved.
It wasn’t funny at the time nor is is funny now.
21. The Jerk
A girl in my home town was always picking on this guy in her class, making fun of his last name, picking on his mom and his little brother, nothing physically, I think people just thought it was a bit of ribbing nothing so bad anyone felt the need to intervene.
Then one day, his family was in a car accident, and he was the only one to survive. When he came back to school, she said something like, “couldn’t even get dying right, (insert name she used to pick on him)” it was so bad after that she switched schools, but her reputation followed her. She tried rushing a sorority in college, but wouldn’t ya know, the story followed her there too
22. The Mama
We had two or three over the 4 years get pregnant.
They no longer went to all the parties with a kid to look after.
23. The Royalty
I went to the same school as the kids of the prime minister of my country at the time.
I didn’t know the daughter too well but apparently she went from being popular to being bullied out of the school when her dad lost the election.
It was pretty sad that people starting hating on her for something she had no control over.
24. The Partier
This one “popular” girl in HS got so drunk at a party that she just started s**tting herself everywhere.
Some friends drove her home and she did it again in the back seat. Not easily forgotten.
But it was one of those things no one would say anything about it’s just that the entire school knew knew by Monday afternoon.
25. The Innocent
Her mom came to a school meeting and told everyone she suffers from mild-autism
26. The Bullied
There was a girl who was super popular all throughout middle school. Then this rumor started that she had tempted her dog into sexual acts with peanut butter. The rumor STUCK too, like all throughout school people would say her name and then say “Peanut butter (insert name)”, like people would write on the white boards and everything. I saw her leave class in tears multiple times. It was horrible. The dog was a cocker spaniel too, which obviously did not help.
The tea, however was our school junior and senior year offered this like special program where half the school got exclusive invites to spend the day “making a difference”. Literally it was called Re-Do day and it was apparently pretty intense. It was designed to have people come together and accept differences and stuff which was kind of stupid considering the absolute abysmal lack of diversity in my school, but I digress.
I was never invited so this part is second-hand, but apparently during the open mic portion where people make admissions and like “come clean” her twin brother took the mic and fully ADMITTED it was he who started the rumor. That was why the rumor had stuck so hard and f**king RUINED this girl’s whole high school life. S**t was wild.
27. The Forgetful
When I was in 6th grade one of my classmates brought $90ish to school. They were going to go shopping after school. She was the most popular girl in class. At some point during the course of the day the money went missing. Our teacher went right to the superintendent’s office right across the hall from our class. (This was a super small school where there were only 212 kids total from Kindergarten on up to 12th grade.)
Within minutes they had pulled us all out of class and separated out the boys and the girls. The 5th grade teacher took the girls into the bathroom three at a time and strip searched them, and the superintendent handled all of us boys. I didn’t take the money, but I got in a stall, locked it and refused to come out. I had some serious skidmarks going on that day and no one on this earth needed to go rooting around in my underpants. He finally gave up and let me go. The cops showed up a few hours later and interviewed all of us one by one.
A few weeks later it got out that she forgot to bring the money to school, and it was home in her bedroom the whole time. Despite us being in a rural area and the next nearest school being 30 miles away, the backlash was bad enough that her parents pulled her out of school and sent her to the next town over. In retrospect, people f**k up, and our anger at her was misplaced compared to the mountain of lawsuits that should have come down on the superintendent.
28. The Beauty Queen
She was a bit of a b**ch. Pretty as a picture but dim as a dark room. Once people saw how she really was as a person, i.e. using her looks to get what she wanted and throwing a hissy fit once she didn’t get it, caused people to lose interest real quick.
I actually met her about a decade after we graduated and she was a completely different person. Really humble and gentle. Actually a lot more clever than she appeared. No idea what she’s doing now.
29. The Mentally Unstable
i was the popular girl. developed full blown schizophrenia my sophomore year of high school and had a spiral that rivaled a hollywood movie.
by the time i graduated everyone knew me as the weird, crazy witch girl who talked to herself and had no friends.
now i’m out of high school, stable, on my meds, with people in my life who love me, and i haven’t thought about popularity since. life is wild
30. The Simple Story
As soon as school ended everyone stopped pretending to like her.
Welp. I’d like to know nothing more about that last one, please.
Do you have a story like this about a guy from your school?
Tell us in the comments.