I got burned when I was in High School
A local reporter was interviewing kids about budget cuts to the music program. While he had all his gear out, I spoke with him about how it was a shame, etc, etc.
After he had put all his gear away I was chatting with him as he walked back to his van. I offhandedly mentioned how private lessons were pretty much necessary for anyone serious about their instrument (the band teacher can’t teach 300 kids how to play well with just three hours / week). He asked me if I could tell who took private lessons, I replied “absolutely”. He asked me how I could tell. I responded (with typical naiveté and idiocy of a HS student) “Well, the ones who don’t take private lessons suck.”
Guess what I got quoted on. Yep, right there in the paper, good ol’ GameHat declaring that people who don’t take private lessons on their instrument “suck”.
I got yelled at by like five teachers and all my friends. I still feel like a piece of shit when I remember it.