A teacher reminds history students that on July 4 they will celebrate "a bunch of slave-owning aristocratic white males who didn't want to pay their taxes." People can act cruelly, and for the most part good people will stand by and do nothing to stop it.
Incoming high school seniors preside over humiliating and violent community-sanctioned hazing of graduating middle schoolers who will be freshmen at the high school next year. Girls are taunted, then "tarred and feathered," but with mustard, ketchup, and flour. Senior boys chase and viciously paddle middle schoolers. Generally the cruelty and degradation is sanctioned by the locals, but two boys are saved by one's shotgun-wielding mother. Drinking and pot-smoking kids drive around town, heaving garbage cans at mailboxes and performing other acts of vandalism. A man whose mailbox was broken comes after them with a gun and shoots as they drive away. Two drunk teenagers throw punches at each other.
A boy refers to a girl with "big knockers." A boy comes on to his teacher, saying he's old enough to be legal. Football players discuss being on the team just "to get laid." Teens make out, clothed.