i'm an individual just like everyone else

Listen.

If you think that Jonathan Byres is just “some emo creep” then you’re no better than everyone else in the show who is so quick to judge him because he doesn’t conform to what everyone else is doing and I don’t judge him for wanting to be away from people like that. He has already acknowledged that his actions were wrong and apologized to Nancy.
Jonathan Byers is NOT his mistakes.
Jonathan Byers is a strong, mindful individual who loves his family and would do anything for them, he puts others well-beings before his own, and he is so much more than the labels people give him.
Everyone has made mistakes, but they do not define who we are and no one should be judged solely on them.