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A school is a necessary institution with very strange side effects. Hundreds, even thousands, of teenagers run around an enclosed space day in an day out.

It's no wonder some weird stuff goes down every once in awhile.


And it's not always the students doing the bizarre and grotesque behaviors. Often, a teacher is the unnerving presence, dropping strange foreboding clues until some bombshell discovery comes out.

And then there are the outside agents, the people not affiliated with the school who drop in just long enough to put everyone on edge, or worse.

This Reddit thread reminds that for all of school's mundanity, occasionally something arises to put everyone on their heels.

twatomexus asked, "What is the most disturbing thing to happen at your school?"

"Calm, Sadistic"

"School dismissed one day and as the students were leaving one of the 8th grade English classes, one of the students stayed behind alone to meet privately with the teacher. Said he had a surprise for her, 'A good surprise,' he assured."

"She thought it was awkward how much he was struggling to get it out of his backpack. As soon as she looked up, she realizes that her 'surprise' was an 8 inch butcher knife. The student stabbed her in the chest and punctured her lung."

"Violence in our local schools of course was never unheard of, but the weapon of choice and the calm, sadistic nature of that attack took the cake."

-- ladyyyyyyy

What is it about 8th Grade?

"In 8th grade a boy who was known to be a trouble kid was sent to the principal's office. Before the principal could send him to in school suspension, the boy picked up a metal stool and bashed the principal over the head. The principal needed over 100 sutures to close the wound but came back to the school to finish the year before transferring to a different school system.

"The boy was arrested for murder our sophomore year. He's on death row now."

-- Nervousnessss

A Classic, Horrible Story

"Gym teacher would 'massage' girls' legs after class so they 'wouldn't get sore later.' That's gross alone, but he was recently fired for grooming them to date him."

"One victim apparently won't testify because she's 'in love' with him."

-- offmechesttossaway

The "Adult in the Room"

"A boy decided to mess around near the glass display case, he bumped into it and the whole pane fell over his and lacerated his arm down to the bone. There was a sea of blood on the floor and glass everywhere."

"Our gym teacher, who was a gym bro dude, got squeamish and passed out."

-- Bison_Eyes

Impervious Frats

"Some frat got in trouble for pouring boiling water on their pledges. Just kidding, they didn't get in any trouble. A few guys were arrested but all charges were dropped, and the frat is still active today." -- golf43

"A fraternity was doing an annual event where they dive into a cold pond on campus and holler a lot. It was called off half-way through when one of the bros found a decaying corpse hidden in the murky water." -- vorpal_potato

It Stops Being Silly When Someone's Got a Sledgehammer

"Some pants-less lady walked into the school's quad area holding a sledgehammer during my lunch period and started screaming about how "GOD IS COMING" and proceeded to put said hammer through a couple windows. Eventually, the custodian managed to pin her down and she was arrested."

"I was in the library at the time and when the bell rang got to witness the chaos. At least no one got hurt."

-- LilMoi

A Complete Escalation

"The tennis coach at my high school was always kinda weird. He'd pay a little too much attention to the girls on the team, wink at them in the hallways, general creepy things like that."

"My sister was on the team during her sophomore year and one day he brought a chainsaw to practice and chased students around with it while it was running."

"Obviously it freaked everyone out and my mom called the athletic director to report it, along with several other parents.They investigated the incident and he "resigned" a week later."

"He died of cancer several years later, I've always wondered why he brought the chainsaw."

Like Clockwork

"USA: Every year around 9/11 an old man would circle the school (on foot) and shout Islamophobic things. We could hear/ see him from the windows and always had to be on soft lockdown bc of it." -- the_cumsquat

"America is so f***ed up man." -- fredbuddle

Would Never Pee Again

"One of my friends told me that his friend went to the bathroom at school one time and looked up and saw a man looking at him from an open spot in the ceiling. It turned out to be a homeless man that had been living in the school for a while." -- yeeb0p

"I shi**ed my pants and had to look up my ceiling wall." -- 80mebcdy_

Explosive Vandelism

"I don't know if this is disturbing but in the computer science room someone jammed metal pieces in the outlets under a few tables and every time someone bumped a cord plugged into the metal filled socket(which was often) sparks would shoot out everywhere.

"After a while the teacher found the outlets and when trying to unplug a cord to reach the metal pieces sparks shot all over the floor and almost hit people all around the spot. It was an interesting time."

-- sandworm45

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