My classmates were all kind and easy-going in elementary school. When I entered middle school, that all changed. Kids started swearing, sticking up middle fingers, casually insulting each other, and talking trash about other kids behind their backs. I'm emotionally sensitive. In 8th grade, couldn't walk in the hallways without getting my feelings hurt for even 10 seconds. I'm going to 9th grade in late August, and I want to be prepared. As far as I know, the kids' behavior will just get worse! They'll start doing drugs and having underage, unprotected sex. I'm afraid that I won't fit in and make friends. Being bad is pretty much a requirement to be accepted in modern teen culture. E.g. in middle school, a kid called me "pussy" because I said that I didn't want to get into fights. How do I, someone who's easily offended, survive in the high school social system full of "edgy" teenagers?
EDIT: They usually don't mean what they say. Kids make fun of their friends, and nobody is harmed. However, it hurts my feelings when they make fun of me. I want to be able to interact with them without getting offended.
I feel that it's unfair to make other kids stop cussing just because I don't like it. My goal is to adapt and learn to "brush off" mean remarks.