In That Was Then, This Is Now by S. E. Hinton, what happened to Bryon when he was thirteen?

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In Chapter 2, Bryon and Mark go to the hospital to see their mother, and she tells them to visit the boy across the hall because nobody has come to see him. Mark volunteers to visit with the boy and Bryon decides to go to the snack bar to get something to eat. While he is looking over the menu, Bryon mentions that he could eat a lot of food. He then says that he should have went out for the football team, but he has a problem with authority. Bryon proceeds to tell a story about the time he got beat up by two cops when he was thirteen years old. Bryon says that he went to the movies with a group of friends and got extremely drunk off of cherry vodka. After the movie was over, Bryon was staggering drunk in the middle of the road while he was walking home. Two cops saw him and drove by to pick him up. They then drove Bryon out to a hill on the other side of town, slapped him around, and left him there. Bryon mentions that he never forgot the event and it ruined any respect he's ever had for cops.

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