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There are few dull moments as a teacher.

That's really no surprise given that a teacher is usually tasked with navigating the wild behaviors and free associations of about 20 or 30 children.


Thankfully, many of the comments uttered by kids are, at best, hilariously out of left field or, at worst, a little annoying or off topic.

But sometimes, a young student may say something that immediately changes the tone of the entire room. A teacher feels threatened, worried, or empowered to act in these moments.

Some teachers of Reddit gathered to discuss the moments things became very serious all of a sudden.

SecretariatGodHorse asked, "Teachers of Reddit, what is the most disturbing thing you've heard a student say?"

Institutional Failure 

"During my second year student teaching (a teaching unpaid internship), a student brought a few bags of heroin to school in his backpack."

"He pulled them out in the hallway to show his friends before recess. He said 'I brought treasure from home, my Mom says it's worth more than me!' The kids were ooing and ahhing."

"The most f***ed up part is that the school expelled him. We didn't help him at all. I think about him still, 9 years later."

-- hpcantstop

Tragic Innocence 

"I had a student tell me about his parents leaving salt around the house. Bizarre, but I didn't connect the dots until they were arrested. Turns out, that was cocaine." -- Richomeres

"Huh, I just assumed it was salt and that they were very superstitious xD" -- Rynewulf

A Pattern of Behavior 

"One of my students threatened to kill my dog while I was out walking her. This was after he had cussed me out, ripped up his work, and disturbed the class."

"It was his second day in class."

-- wii1199

A Legendary Insult 

"Coached elementary PE. Had a 9-year-old student call me an 'infested tampon sucker.'"

"More surprised than angry. At the time I was 23 and never heard an insult like that." -- notsosilentfart

"I'm a girl and I didn't even know what a tampon was at the age of 9, so it's surprising that that kid knew."

"Gotta give them credit for the original insult, more original than being called 'poo-poo head.'" -- AnotherCovidC**t

Power Tools 

"I was teaching a high school jewelry/metal shop class and some students alerted me to one student trying to sneak out some of the metal files. When confronted, he said he wanted to use them 'to stab people in the halls.'"

"I had him removed permanently, to say the least."

-- MsKityFantastico

Enlightening Context 

"It wasn't a student, but his father."

"A guy came up to me on parents' night and told me to call him if his kid needed a good yelling, since his kid was such a useless f*** up."

"While I stood there in shock, he added, 'He's always been lazy, but he's been worse since his roommate at his last school killed himself. Don't hesitate to call me if he pulls that bullsh**."

"F*** that guy."

-- ValkyrjaValor

Scarcity Mentality 

"Trying to convince a 17 year old student that drugs are not the way to go and that he has a full life ahead of him when he says, 'Doesn't matter...I'm gonna be dead or in jail by the time I'm 25.'"

"He had been told he was nothing his whole life and he absolutely believed it. Spent up until he graduated trying to prove him wrong."

-- coolbeans0303

A Heartbreaking Response 

"Last weekend I sent positive emails to the families of all of my students, because remote learning is hard and the kids are really stepping up."

"On Tuesday, when I saw one of my classes for the first time since sending the messages, a girl said to me, 'That email you sent made my dad happy. He doesn't like me that much, and it made him like me."'

"My heart broke for that poor girl. She's bright, friendly, and hard-working."

"I asked her (privately) if she was safe at home and if there was anything I could do to help - she told me her dad liked her brother much better."

-- pinkkittenfur

Priorities Out of Whack 

"Was an aide in a guidance office."

"The most disturbing was a kid we'll call Tyler. He had severe social adjustment issues and tended to say things that creeped people out."

"One day, he comes in wanting to talk to a counselor. I was playing receptionist that day and told him I'd let them know, and asked what was up. He very blankly says, 'I tried to walk out into traffic yesterday.'"

"This was obviously alarming, so I brought him straight to one of their offices. He repeats what he told me, and This. F***ing. B***h counselor says, 'you need to come back later, I'm working on college admissions stuff for other students.'"

"He just kind of sighed and left."

-- Hardcore_EHS

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