# What is the octet rule of sulfur?

Sulfur has an electron configuration of $1 {s}^{2} 2 {s}^{2} 2 {p}^{6} 3 {s}^{2} 3 {P}^{4}$ this means that oxygen has six valence electrons $3 {s}^{2} 3 {p}^{4}$. Sulfur seeks out two additional electrons to fill the p orbital and gain the stability of a noble gas, $1 {s}^{2} 2 {s}^{2} 2 {p}^{6} 3 {s}^{2} 3 {p}^{6}$.
However, now Sulfur has 18 electrons and only 16 protons making it a -2 charge anion ${S}^{- 2}$.