Circumcision, while simple, is less so with age and thus growth in size of the penis.
“Complications”, although low, are generally about 10-fold higher than in infancy.
has episodes where it is implied that stealing school property is no big deal, but it's disgraceful to inform on the thief.
In the Kenyan randomized controlled trial (RCT), 1.7% of the men had an adverse event.
Of these, the most common were postoperative bleeding (0.4%) or infection (0.4%), followed by wound disruptions (0.3%), delayed healing (0.2%), and swelling at the incision site (0.1%) [Bailey et al., 2007; Krieger et al., 2007].
At 3 days 48% reported no pain, 52% mild pain, and none had severe pain.
By the 8 day visit 89% reported no pain and 11% mild pain.
After all, a High School Hustler could hardly get anything done if the teachers kept their eyes open, and if the parents were vigilant; being told that You Are Grounded would wreck the plot.
But on a handful of drama shows, there's a real venom to it.
However, this trope can occasionally be used in a more mature fashion to demonstrate a moral about growing up and realizing that adults are not all-powerful.
This is especially common in military or war-themed shows and literature, where the point is that adults are ultimately unable to protect the younger generation.
This version is also Truth in Television, but you'll not find many young people who are willing to admit that.
Another more mature variant of the trope (and one that is also unfortunately Truth in Television) is that the adults are abusive and other adults around cover for the abuse or justify it and/or the abusers.
Another seldom-used aspect of this trope sort of plays off the above.