In Chapter 11 of Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry, why does Stacey help T.J. in spite of T.J's foolish behavior?

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In Chapter 11, T.J. comes to Stacey for help after R.W. and Melvin Simms beat him up. The Simms brothers told T.J. that they were going to get a pistol from Mr. Barnett's store and that they were going to pay for it later. T.J. did not realize their true intent, which was to rob the store. When the Barnetts wake up, R.W. hits Mr. Barnett on the head, and Mrs. Barnett falls backward into a stove. T.J. wants to tell people what happened, but the Simms brothers react by beating T.J. up and leaving him in the back of their truck. Stacey decides to help bring T.J. home because he knows that T.J. isn't lying. In addition, Stacey realizes that T.J. was unfairly duped into robbing the store with the Simms and that the assault on Mr. Barnett was not T.J.'s fault. Stacey realizes that T.J. has been unfairly brought into a dangerous situation because the Simms brothers lied to T.J. and tried to manipulate him. 

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