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Students Reveal The Most Awkward Experiences They've Had With Teachers

School can be an awkward time for everybody. We tend to forget (or really just ignore and focus on ourselves) that our teachers are going through it on the daily just as much as the student body. And it doesn't matter where in your academic career you are, everyone in attendance is nuts! Kindergarten through college is all a battle. And sometimes when emotions are on overload interactions between students and teachers can lead to an 'out of the ordinary' moment.

Redditor _u/valdeeee asked the oddest question of Reddit... What is the most awkward experience you had with a teacher? You're going to want to re-evaluate your educational past after this.

I KNOW WHO YOU ARE!

First day of English class in my senior year of highschool. Our teacher is giving us the rundown about his whole career, life, etc. because why not.

He goes "Am I forgetting anything?" I happened to know that he had his own radio show on a little volunteer station outside town (stumbled onto it by complete accident the previous summer). So I threw that fact out in the air...

"I...wasn't going to tell anybody about that."

After that, he was cool.

THEY'RE PLAYING OUR SONG...

Science teacher and I both bent over our desks, mine which was facing away from his. Moon landing. Cheek to cheek for at least a whole second.

FOR A GOOD TIME CALL...

After turning in my final exam, my English professor (basic class at uni) hands me the grade sheet to my presentation from the week before. On it is a sticky note over where the grade is posted:

"Now that you're not a student of mine, how about we get coffee sometime?" "Call me anytime xxx-xxx-xxxx"

It's at that point I realized she had been dropping hints all semester. She giggled when I looked away from the grade sheet. I just walked out of the room dumbfounded. Cougar trying to get her some, but I wasn't into a woman in her late 50's. I felt complemented though.

ARMS WIDE OPEN...

Last day of senior year in high school. I went into my World History teacher's classroom to tell him how much I appreciated his class (he was a real grump but a lovable grump). I thought he was leaning in for a hug and I was going to oblige, but then I realized he was just readjusting how he was standing and would NOT be giving me a hug. So I had to recover from the hugging stance instantly. He didn't even crack a smile during the whole thing. What a guy.

I SEE YOU!!!

In Eigth grade, I walked in on an autistic student with his shirt off, waving it around over his head in the bathroom. All of the sudden he stops and stares into my soul. He slowly moves hand to his stomach and vigorously rubs it, all while chanting our math teacher's name.

IT'S A FAMILY AFFAIR!!

I called my 4th grade teacher Mom once. It was extra awkward because I knew her son because he was in the same grade but with a different teacher. Her son also just got added to a group chat I'm in, like 2 days ago.

WINTER HAS COME!!

This happened to me with then sixth graders. It coincided with a food drive competition that I promised to win for them. The competition got brutal, but the kids were so invested they'd do just about anything. The mom thing happened and they suddenly had their battle cry. I actually showed them a clip during advisory of 'Game of Thrones' just when they lift up Emilia Clarke and chant "Misa" _(or whatever it was exactly) because that's what it reminded me of... and it took off. The next thing I know I have this group of 25 sixth graders who seem to all be _"on my team" and never break ranks. The principal came to observe and she couldn't get over how the class ran and I was honestly just as baffled as her that the damn thing wouldn't die... but it lasted three years until they went to high school. They all just call me mom and come to me anytime they have trouble. I've never felt closer to a group of kids.

NOT ALL IDEAS SHOULD BE IMPLEMENTED...

I heard a joke at lunch and thought it was hilarious so I told my French teacher that I was going to start a new band and name it 'Syndrome of a Down'. She stared at me blanked-faced for a solid 5 seconds before bursting into tears. I had no idea her son had down syndrome. People hated me. People still hate me. The teacher loves me now tho, she comments on my Facebook posts occasionally.

KEEP MOVING... NOTHING TO SEE HERE!

He was tutoring me and his wife busted through the door yelling at him for flirting with another teacher. She told him to get his s**t together or she was going to divorce him. After she stormed off he pretended I didn't just witness a potential breakup and kept giving me this tense tutoring session where it felt like an eternity before I could leave.

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Now that college has become a standard requirement for so many jobs and careers, there is a massive push by high schools to get their graduating students accepted and enrolled at an undergraduate college.

On the whole, that's undoubtedly a great thing. A more educated workforce will be prepared to solve the most complex issues facing human beings in the next several decades.

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*The following article contains discussion of suicide/self-harm.

The person on the other end of a 911 call has a truly remarkable job.

For those who don't play that professional role, we hope to never encounter the 911 call interaction. But if we do find ourselves making that call, the moment is an anomaly in our lives.

The chaos, the panic, the racing heart, and the desperation are all emotions we, ideally, don't experience on a regular basis.

But for the operator on the other end, our call is one in a long line of calls they've received all day, and all the workdays before that one.

It's difficult to imagine being embedded in those uniquely urgent, emergency moments all the time.

Some Redditors who are on the other end of that call shared their experiences on the job.

WhimsicalxxButcher asked, "911 dispatchers what has been your most creepy/unnerving call?"

For a few, the most unnerving moments were the calm callers.

There was something just so eerie about how level-headed the faceless human being on the other end could be through such a desperate, tragic moment.

Almost Clinical 

"I had a friend who worked as a 911 dispatcher and he always said the worst call he ever had was a ~20 year old kid who committed suicide by mixing a bunch of chemicals together in his car to produce hydrogen sulfide gas."

"He said that the most unnerving part was hearing him calmly listing off the chemicals, the type of gas produced, and the effects of hydrogen sulfide on the body (namely the almost instant death it causes at high concentrations)."

"He ended the call by providing the address of the parking lot he was in and saying that nobody should approach the vehicle without hazmat equipment."

"Apparently after that there was a whooshing sound as he dumped the last chemical into the mix, and then the line went dead silent aside for a quiet fizzing noise."

"I know that call screwed him up because he almost never talks about stuff that happens to him on the job. He quit a few months later to go into construction management, and frankly I can't blame him."

-- iunoyou

Planned Out 

"A woman called me, saying she was going to kill herself. She was gassing herself. Gave me her name & address then said she was just going to lie down and 'go to sleep.' And stopped responding to me."

"I kept the line open, trying to get her to speak to me, and eventually heard officers forcing their way in to find her body. I guess she just wanted someone to find her body."

-- mozgw4

Before It Set In 

"When I got a call from a 6 year old who got home from school and laid down to take a nap with his dad. His dad never woke up."

"The kid was so calm when calling it broke my heart."

"I ended up leaving dispatch shortly after. I was good at compartmentalizing the job for the year I was doing it, but it would've broken me in the long run."

-- tasha7712

Other 911 operators were unfortunate enough to receive a call from the very last person they wanted to hear from: a loved one.

These dispatchers' unique position gave them the unexpected access to a family member or friend at their most dire moments.

No More of That 

"My family member is a long time first responder, and 'retired' into doing dispatch. He heard the address (someone else was taking the call) and realized it was his daughter's house."

"He rushed over there just in time to see them wheeling her body out. Overdose."

"Five months later, he was called to his ex-wife's place because his grandson (son of the daughter who recently passed) had his door locked, lights on, but wasn't responding to his grandma."

"He broke the door down and found him deceased in bed. Overdose."

"He's very stoic after years of all sorts of traumatic situations but my heart hurts whenever I think of what all of this must have felt like. Like sand through your fingers."

-- bitchyhouseplant

Knowing the Address

"Not me, but my grandma. I was sitting in the dispatch office, (very small one only 2 dispatchers including my grandma) but she put out a dispatch that there was a gun shot from my best friends address."

"My heart sank to my stomach and broke later that day. He committed suicide."

-- OntaiSenpuu

When it Happened 

"My uncle passing away. Worked as a small town dispatcher for a year or so. Had a bunch of messed up stuff happen on shift, but this call came in in the still hours of the night. Small town, so not many calls after midnight."

"I answered and recognized the name and address on caller id. Aunt was in a frenzy so didn't recognize my voice. I remained calm and got ems and fire rolling to them, but by my aunt's own words he was already blue."

"I went thru debriefing and mandated therapy for a couple other things that happened, but never really talked to anyone about this. I just try not to think about it."

"That was the call I figured out I needed to find a different job."

-- dangitjon

Finally, some simply had a front row seat to sudden tragedy.

These operators were flies on the wall when disaster struck. They never asked to witness what they witnessed, but sometimes that came with the territory.

A Holiday Tragedy 

"My mom is a 911 dispatcher. Early on she said one Christmas Eve while working she got a call from an elderly lady who's husband had just collapsed(and died) from a heart attack and in the background Alvin and the Chipmunks Christmas music was playing on blast."

"The lady was screaming and crying and begging for her husband to wake up but my mom could hear his gurgling in his last breathes. She doesn't listen to or watch Alvin and the chipmunks since."

-- Blueflowerbluehair

What is it About Christmas?

"Christmas night. 911 call with crying child on the other end. A neighbor had run her car over her mom during a domestic."

"The mom crawled to the porch bleeding and the child saw the car coming back. I had her hide quietly in a closet with the cordless phone."

"The 10 year old child was crying and screamed that she hated Christmas. She was afraid of the police when they got there."

"I kept her on the phone until she felt safe enough to give the phone to an officer. I almost fainted after that call was over. Had nightmares for a while."

-- 2FunBoofer

Close to Home 

"Not a dispatcher but I handle radio communications for the Coast Guard. One night I was on the radio and got a call from an 11 year old kid whose boat had started to sink. He was out with his dad and 6 year old brother."

"They had been hit by another boat and his father got knocked unconscious. I remember the entire conversation up until the radio had gone underwater."

"They ended up finding his dad floating on his back alive but the two boys didn't make it. That one really fu**ed with me because my two littlest brothers were around the same age as the youngest."

-- HIRSH2243

A Horrible Clock 

"Another one that stays with me was the man who called in. It was the anniversary of his adult son having hanged himself. He'd now come home to find his wife had done the same."

"That date is always going to be a black day for him."

-- mozgw4


If you or someone you know is struggling, you can contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).

To find help outside the United States, the International Association for Suicide Prevention has resources available at https://www.iasp.info/resources/Crisis_Centres/

Again, we hope you never have to use the 911 call in your life. Nobody wants to be involved in a sudden emergency or a tragic incident.

But hopefully, if you do, an operator like one of these thoughtful, sensitive Redditors is on the other end.

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