Essay by jessica3High School, 10th gradeA+, September 1996

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Justice is something everyone deserves, but it isn't always what they get. Justice can be unfair at home, school, and even in the workplace.

Siblings always seem to complain about chores. This family member may get too many, while another doesn't get enough. Chores are an argument because they aren't exactly done willingly.

Privileges are another reason to fight. If one brother gets to go out until 12 o'clock, the other should have the same curfew. That's not always the case. An excuse such as he's older, or he has plans. If they are the same age, or close to it, the curfew should be the same. (This is true unless it's a punishment.) Another example of this would be when one sister uses the car all week, while her brother has to ride his bike. No one deserves the car more, so there should be equal amounts of use.

Another place where injustices occur is at school. Budging in the lunch-line, pop quizzes, homework, detentions, and cheating are just a few of the complaints that occur at school.

Budging, whether in the lunch-line or the bathroom line, is completely unfair. (Unless, of course, you're the person budging.) A line is formed as a way to make everyone wait the same. The whole system is ruined if someone budges. Budging is rarely caught, but when it is, the punishment is severe. The person who budged usually has to go to the end of the line. The only problem with this is that people aren't caught often enough.

Cheating is yet another of the unfair practices that go on in school. This kind of deceit is a no-win situation. The assignment was given for a reason, and it defeats the purpose if someone cheats to get it done. The student will...