Am I the only one who thinks this topic should be qualified based on if you were actually a JW or if you were a double lifer that was pretty much normal?
I remember getting teased unmercilessly in grade school for not celebrating Halloween or Xmas. But later, as I learned to lay low and not bring attention to myself, the ridicule lessened.
Also, in high school, I led somewhat of a double life. I was still a good kid, no drugs, little alcohol, no sex(darn it) but I made friends with "worldly" kids and hung around a few close friends of them. Except around the holidays and blood drives and voting for class offices, I would disappear so as to not have to face the questions or possible ridicule, not realizing that if they were true friends, they wouldn't have cared, but peer pressure is tough on kids.
What it really boils down to is, that I never believed it nor wanted to be a part of it. I was forced into it by my parents and was living a life I didn't like. If I had believed it, then I would have stood up more for it, but whenever there was a chance that my being a JW could bring any kind of attention, I ran away from it.