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Teachers Break Down The Scariest Thing They've Ever Seen A Student Do

Teachers Break Down The Scariest Thing They've Ever Seen A Student Do
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Teachers get to know upwards of 100 or more kids each school year. Do that for enough years and you're bound to come across the strange and the creepy.

When we imagine the scariest students a teacher can recall, we assume it revolves around violent scenarios. And that is true, often those are the most fearful recollections.

But violence is by no means the only avenue toward creepiness. Sometimes a student is fearsome due to his or her more subtle kind of scariness.

It may be a child that quietly plots. Perhaps its a sudden burst of energetic anger. Whatever causes the fear, it evidently leaves the teacher mulling it all over even years later.

These teachers of Reddit recall the unnerving forms of classroom horror.

guzhogi asked, "Teachers of Reddit, besides violence (or threats of it), what's the scariest thing you've seen a student do?"

When Grave Danger Starts to Feel Mundane

"I saw two 1st graders try to play 'pets' by having one tie their scarf around the other's neck and use it like a leash to drag the other kid around."

"Me + another adult had to run over because the girl with the scarf around her neck was starting to turn blue."

"That's the scariest part about working with little kids. They keep almost killing themselves or their peers and they never understand just how close to death they are."

-- partofbreakfast

First a Spectacle, then Unnerving

"A 15-year old student, on the first day of Summer term, poured a bottle of white spirit over himself, another two bottles over his school blazer, set fire to the jacket and put it on."

"Sadly, the student died of shock and the school was closed for the rest of the week."

"The fact that he put the jacket on after he had lit it was the scariest thing about the whole tragic episode."

-- JeremySquirrel

Tapped In

"A kid was mad that he couldn't get more ketchup with his fries, and told my coworker, 'I hope your baby dies.' "

"My coworker just shrugged it off, she didn't have any children."

"Two weeks later, she found out she was 6 weeks pregnant..."

-- layschipsarethebest

Real Life Horrors

"Junior in high school propose to his sophomore girlfriend, then they got married the following year after she turned 17." -- WatchTheBoom

"I've had zero contact with my high school / alumni association / class reunions, etc . . . but fifty years ago there was such a couple in my class, and every now and then I stop and think 'Hmmm, wonder how that/they worked out.' " -- DeeDee_Z

A Quickly Ticking Clock

"My sister taught a student that would occasionally faint or pass out if she didn't get enough hydration."

"One day she went on a fast cleanse and fainted at the top of the stairs and fell down 2 flights before being caught by a box on the side. She broke her wrist, and collarbone and fractured her skull."

-- Savannah_P_Frost

A Careful, Scary Analysis

"The scariest ones aren't the kids actually being violent or threatening. Its the few I came across that had honest sociopathic tendencies, and were smart enough to hide their actions and put on a good face."

"Its the ones who you see LEARNING how to be better liars and better at hiding their cruelty. The ones you see getting better at faking empathy. You get to see that lovely little horrible development and can't stop it no matter what approach."

"Some people just simply don't have that core kernel of decency even the brattiest kid still possesses. At the end of the day they simply don't care about anyone else and you can't change that."

-- Darth_Mufasa

A Unique Form of Entertainment 

"Seven year old was bored in class, so he decided to smash the class fish tank and punch and bite the student teacher when she tried to stop him."

"The kid likely had some kind of development disorder (ADHD or ASD were bandied around some), but Mum and Dad refused to test him, so the teacher got no support to help him."

"Eventually he was taught completely separately from his classmates because he was viewed as a safety hazard with kids his own age."

-- InkMage94

Incomprehensible Cruelty 

there was this group of girls that manipulated a boy in my kindergarten that had no friends and into laying in a suitcase and they closed it and walked around with it as he was screaming because he couldn't breathe in there."

-- Thepunchbagofsociety

Beyond His Years in the Human Trafficking World

"Tried to sell a female student on craigslist...and they kept him in my class (which she had with me until her family moved because of what he tried to do)."

"To my understanding he had issues with keeping his nose clean in the past...and after the cops pulled him in he was going around bragging about what he tried to do and how he fooled the cops and what have you. He was disturbing."

-- QuimbyCakes

Not the "Research Skills" We Meant

"I had a 16 year old student, who not only suffered from schizophrenia but also hated my guts, give me a piece of paper. On that piece of paper was my home address. I have no clue how he got a hold of it."

-- triplebattery

Never a Dull Moment

"Repeatedly punch a cinder block wall until his knuckles started bleeding. Wound up with multiple broken bones in his hand. Had to wear a cast for a couple of months."

"Scariest thing I heard a student say, other than the usual threats of violence, was a fifteen year old girl who said she was going to fuck every guy she could until she got pregnant."

-- ZotDragon

A Less Confrontational Confession

"Once had an adult student I was tutoring to help with his writing skills."

"He insisted that I read his journal, quite forcefully, and I said I would take it home and give him feedback later that week when we met again."

"Each entry talked about how he loved to cut out pictures of porn and paste to his walls. At night, they would talk to him."

"I later found out he was a sex offender."

-- MagicJasoni

Well Where'd You Learn That?

"Not a teacher but a student, bio class and it was that time of year where we had to dissect a frog."

"10 mins into the lesson, all well and good, but just as we were being told what we were doing the quiet kid raises his hand and announces 'I've finished sir.' "

"That kid had systematically cut out EVERYTHING (brain, lungs, etc.) and put it on the table. Note we had never NEVER dissected stuff before."

-- harvey69420

Some James Bond Stuff

"I was a chemistry TA when I had a student drop a 4 liter bottle of concentrated hydrochloric acid on the ground. Immediately you could see chlorine gas filling up our lab and neighboring labs."

"Luckily nobody got hurt but it did do over $10k worth of damage to lab equipment and computers."

-- 1l1l1l1

When the Student is Only the Bearer of Scary

"I'm a first year teacher. Before [the virus] I was teaching nursery students. The scariest thing was seeing the scratches, welts, and bruises on one of my four-year-olds. When he warmed up to me he would tell me, 'Mommy hit me.' "

"I live in SE Asia, and other than making school a safe place, there was nothing we could do."

"He is tiny and harmless. His mother is a beautiful, well dressed, wealthy monster. It breaks my heart thinking about him being stuck at home with her."

-- Bill_llib123

Not Where That Goes

"I'm not a teacher but one time I was in science and the teacher left the class, people started mucking about and then the teacher comes back, everyone rushes back to their seats, one kid misses the seat and sits on a clamp stand."

"It went right up his a** and ruptured internal organs, he had to go to the hospital and receive advanced surgery. He is forever known at my school as the kid who got anal raped by a clamp stand because children are monsters."

-- kesteven1

A True Stoic

"[My mom] said the scariest non-violent thing she's seen a student do is climb the top of the playground equipment during recess and fall off head first no flailing like a video game character just limp body skull flop into the gravel."

"(To defend her honor, she was in her classroom eating lunch watching out the window-the recess patrol weren't watching.)"

-- zavazanax

An Ancestral Cheap Shot

"Straight up saw some guy kick another guy in the balls so hard he spit blood. I literally just walked up the stairs and saw it then immediately GTFO'd. I dunno what happened to them both but I know the kicker got expelled, at least from what I heard."

-- AnethAraLethallin

Potential Energy

"Breathing heavily and staring during a one-on-one class. Then threw their cup at a glass wall."

"Fun times."

-- HarmlessWizard

People Reveal The Weirdest Thing About Themselves

Reddit user Isitjustmedownhere asked: 'Give an example; how weird are you really?'

Let's get one thing straight: no one is normal. We're all weird in our own ways, and that is actually normal.

Of course, that doesn't mean we don't all have that one strange trait or quirk that outweighs all the other weirdness we possess.

For me, it's the fact that I'm almost 30 years old, and I still have an imaginary friend. Her name is Sarah, she has red hair and green eyes, and I strongly believe that, since I lived in India when I created her and there were no actual people with red hair around, she was based on Daphne Blake from Scooby-Doo.

I also didn't know the name Sarah when I created her, so that came later. I know she's not really there, hence the term 'imaginary friend,' but she's kind of always been around. We all have conversations in our heads; mine are with Sarah. She keeps me on task and efficient.

My mom thinks I'm crazy that I still have an imaginary friend, and writing about her like this makes me think I may actually be crazy, but I don't mind. As I said, we're all weird, and we all have that one trait that outweighs all the other weirdness.

Redditors know this all too well and are eager to share their weird traits.

It all started when Redditor Isitjustmedownhere asked:

"Give an example; how weird are you really?"

Monsters Under My Bed

"My bed doesn't touch any wall."

"Edit: I guess i should clarify im not rich."

– Practical_Eye_3600

"Gosh the monsters can get you from any angle then."

– bikergirlr7

"At first I thought this was a flex on how big your bedroom is, but then I realized you're just a psycho 😁"

– zenOFiniquity8

Can You See Why?

"I bought one of those super-powerful fans to dry a basement carpet. Afterwards, I realized that it can point straight up and that it would be amazing to use on myself post-shower. Now I squeegee my body with my hands, step out of the shower and get blasted by a wide jet of room-temp air. I barely use my towel at all. Wife thinks I'm weird."

– KingBooRadley


"In 1990 when I was 8 years old and bored on a field trip, I saw a black Oldsmobile Cutlass driving down the street on a hot day to where you could see that mirage like distortion from the heat on the road. I took a “snapshot” by blinking my eyes and told myself “I wonder how long I can remember this image” ….well."

– AquamarineCheetah

"Even before smartphones, I always take "snapshots" by blinking my eyes hoping I'll remember every detail so I can draw it when I get home. Unfortunately, I may have taken so much snapshots that I can no longer remember every detail I want to draw."

"Makes me think my "memory is full.""

– Reasonable-Pirate902

Same, Same

"I have eaten the same lunch every day for the past 4 years and I'm not bored yet."

– OhhGoood

"How f**king big was this lunch when you started?"

– notmyrealnam3

Not Sure Who Was Weirder

"Had a line cook that worked for us for 6 months never said much. My sous chef once told him with no context, "Baw wit da baw daw bang daw bang diggy diggy." The guy smiled, left, and never came back."

– Frostygrunt


"I pace around my house for hours listening to music imagining that I have done all the things I simply lack the brain capacity to do, or in some really bizarre scenarios, I can really get immersed in these imaginations sometimes I don't know if this is some form of schizophrenia or what."

– RandomSharinganUser

"I do the same exact thing, sometimes for hours. When I was young it would be a ridiculous amount of time and many years later it’s sort of trickled off into almost nothing (almost). It’s weird but I just thought it’s how my brain processes sh*t."

– Kolkeia

If Only

"Even as an adult I still think that if you are in a car that goes over a cliff; and right as you are about to hit the ground if you jump up you can avoid the damage and will land safely. I know I'm wrong. You shut up. I'm not crying."

– ShotCompetition2593

Pet Food

"As a kid I would snack on my dog's Milkbones."

– drummerskillit

"Haha, I have a clear memory of myself doing this as well. I was around 3 y/o. Needless to say no one was supervising me."

– Isitjustmedownhere

"When I was younger, one of my responsibilities was to feed the pet fish every day. Instead, I would hide under the futon in the spare bedroom and eat the fish food."

– -GateKeep-

My Favorite Subject

"I'm autistic and have always had a thing for insects. My neurotypical best friend and I used to hang out at this local bar to talk to girls, back in the late 90s. One time he claimed that my tendency to circle conversations back to insects was hurting my game. The next time we went to that bar (with a few other friends), he turned and said sternly "No talking about bugs. Or space, or statistics or other bullsh*t but mainly no bugs." I felt like he was losing his mind over nothing."

"It was summer, the bar had its windows open. Our group hit it off with a group of young ladies, We were all chatting and having a good time. I was talking to one of these girls, my buddy was behind her facing away from me talking to a few other people."

"A cloudless sulphur flies in and lands on little thing that holds coasters."

"Cue Jordan Peele sweating gif."

"The girl notices my tension, and asks if I am looking at the leaf. "Actually, that's a lepidoptera called..." I looked at the back of my friend's head, he wasn't looking, "I mean a butterfly..." I poked it and it spread its wings the girl says "oh that's a BUG?!" and I still remember my friend turning around slowly to look at me with chastisement. The ONE thing he told me not to do."

"I was 21, and was completely not aware that I already had a rep for being an oddball. It got worse from there."

– Phormicidae

*Teeth Chatter*

"I bite ice cream sometimes."


"That's how I am with popsicles. My wife shudders every single time."


Never Speak Of This

"I put ice in my milk."


"You should keep that kind of thing to yourself. Even when asked."

– We-R-Doomed

"There's some disturbing sh*t in this thread, but this one takes the cake."

– RatonaMuffin

More Than Super Hearing

"I can hear the television while it's on mute."

– Tira13e

"What does it say to you, child?"

– Mama_Skip


"I put mustard on my omelettes."

– Deleted User


– NotCrustOr-filling

Evened Up

"Whenever I say a word and feel like I used a half of my mouth more than the other half, I have to even it out by saying the word again using the other half of my mouth more. If I don't do it correctly, that can go on forever until I feel it's ok."

"I do it silently so I don't creep people out."

– LesPaltaX

"That sounds like a symptom of OCD (I have it myself). Some people with OCD feel like certain actions have to be balanced (like counting or making sure physical movements are even). You should find a therapist who specializes in OCD, because they can help you."

– MoonlightKayla

I totally have the same need for things to be balanced! Guess I'm weird and a little OCD!

Close up face of a woman in bed, staring into the camera
Photo by Jen Theodore

Experiencing death is a fascinating and frightening idea.

Who doesn't want to know what is waiting for us on the other side?

But so many of us want to know and then come back and live a little longer.

It would be so great to be sure there is something else.

But the whole dying part is not that great, so we'll have to rely on other people's accounts.

Redditor AlaskaStiletto wanted to hear from everyone who has returned to life, so they asked:

"Redditors who have 'died' and come back to life, what did you see?"


Happy Good Vibes GIF by Major League SoccerGiphy

"My dad's heart stopped when he had a heart attack and he had to be brought back to life. He kept the paper copy of the heart monitor which shows he flatlined. He said he felt an overwhelming sensation of peace, like nothing he had felt before."



"I had surgical complications in 2010 that caused a great deal of blood loss. As a result, I had extremely low blood pressure and could barely stay awake. I remember feeling like I was surrounded by loved ones who had passed. They were in a circle around me and I knew they were there to guide me onwards. I told them I was not ready to go because my kids needed me and I came back."

"My nurse later said she was afraid she’d find me dead every time she came into the room."

"It took months, and blood transfusions, but I recovered."


Take Me Back

"Overwhelming peace and happiness. A bright airy and floating feeling. I live a very stressful life. Imagine finding out the person you have had a crush on reveals they have the same feelings for you and then you win the lotto later that day - that was the feeling I had."

"I never feared death afterward and am relieved when I hear of people dying after suffering from an illness."



The Light Minnie GIF by (G)I-DLEGiphy

"I had a heart surgery with near-death experience, for me at least (well the possibility that those effects are caused by morphine is also there) I just saw black and nothing else but it was warm and I had such inner peace, its weird as I sometimes still think about it and wish this feeling of being so light and free again."


This is why I hate surgery.

You just never know.



"More of a near-death experience. I was electrocuted. I felt like I was in a deep hole looking straight up in the sky. My life flashed before me. Felt sad for my family, but I had a deep sense of peace."



"Nursing in the ICU, we’ve had people try to die on us many times during the years, some successfully. One guy stood out to me. His heart stopped. We called a code, are working on him, and suddenly he comes to. We hadn’t vented him yet, so he was able to talk, and he started screaming, 'Don’t let them take me, don’t let them take me, they are coming,' he was scared and yelling."

"Then he yelled a little more, as we tried to calm him down, he screamed, 'No, No,' and gestured towards the end of the bed, and died again. We didn’t get him back. It was seriously creepy. We called his son to tell him the news, and the son said basically, 'Good, he was an SOB.'”



"My sister died and said it was extremely peaceful. She said it was very loud like a train station and lots of talking and she was stuck in this area that was like a curtain with lots of beautiful colors (colors that you don’t see in real life according to her) a man told her 'He was sorry, but she had to go back as it wasn’t her time.'"


"I had a really similar experience except I was in an endless garden with flowers that were colors I had never seen before. It was quiet and peaceful and a woman in a dress looked at me, shook her head, and just said 'Not yet.' As I was coming back, it was extremely loud, like everyone in the world was trying to talk all at once. It was all very disorienting but it changed my perspective on life!"


The Fog

"I was in a gray fog with a girl who looked a lot like a young version of my grandmother (who was still alive) but dressed like a pioneer in the 1800s she didn't say anything but kept pulling me towards an opening in the wall. I kept refusing to go because I was so tired."

"I finally got tired of her nagging and went and that's when I came to. I had bled out during a c-section and my heart could not beat without blood. They had to deliver the baby and sew up the bleeders. refill me with blood before they could restart my heart so, like, at least 12 minutes gone."


Through the Walls

"My spouse was dead for a couple of minutes one miserable night. She maintains that she saw nothing, but only heard people talking about her like through a wall. The only thing she remembers for absolute certain was begging an ER nurse that she didn't want to die."

"She's quite alive and well today."


Well let's all be happy to be alive.

It seems to be all we have.

Man's waist line
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Trying to lose weight is a struggle understood by many people regardless of size.

The goal of reaching a healthy weight may seem unattainable, but with diet and exercise, it can pay off through persistence and discipline.

Seeing the pounds gradually drop off can also be a great motivator and incentivize people to stay the course.

Those who've achieved their respective weight goals shared their experiences when Redditor apprenti8455 asked:

"People who lost a lot of weight, what surprises you the most now?"

Redditors didn't see these coming.

Shiver Me Timbers

"I’m always cold now!"

– Telrom_1

"I had a coworker lose over 130 pounds five or six years ago. I’ve never seen him without a jacket on since."

– r7ndom

"140 lbs lost here starting just before COVID, I feel like that little old lady that's always cold, damn this top comment was on point lmao."

– mr_remy

Drawing Concern

"I lost 100 pounds over a year and a half but since I’m old(70’s) it seems few people comment on it because (I think) they think I’m wasting away from some terminal illness."

– dee-fondy

"Congrats on the weight loss! It’s honestly a real accomplishment 🙂"

"Working in oncology, I can never comment on someone’s weight loss unless I specifically know it was on purpose, regardless of their age. I think it kind of ruffles feathers at times, but like I don’t want to congratulate someone for having cancer or something. It’s a weird place to be in."

– LizardofDeath

Unleashing Insults

"I remember when I lost the first big chunk of weight (around 50 lbs) it was like it gave some people license to talk sh*t about the 'old' me. Old coworkers, friends, made a lot of not just negative, but harsh comments about what I used to look like. One person I met after the big loss saw a picture of me prior and said, 'Wow, we wouldn’t even be friends!'”

"It wasn’t extremely common, but I was a little alarmed by some of the attention. My weight has been up and down since then, but every time I gain a little it gets me a little down thinking about those things people said."

– alanamablamaspama

Not Everything Goes After Losing Weight

"The loose skin is a bit unexpected."

– KeltarCentauri

"I haven’t experienced it myself, but surgery to remove skin takes a long time to recover. Longer than bariatric surgery and usually isn’t covered by insurance unless you have both."

– KatMagic1977

"It definitely does take a long time to recover. My Dad dropped a little over 200 pounds a few years back and decided to go through with skin removal surgery to deal with the excess. His procedure was extensive, as in he had skin taken from just about every part of his body excluding his head, and he went through hell for weeks in recovery, and he was bedridden for a lot of it."

– Jaew96

These Redditors shared their pleasantly surprising experiences.


"I can buy clothes in any store I want."

– WaySavvyD

"When I lost weight I was dying to go find cute, smaller clothes and I really struggled. As someone who had always been restricted to one or two stores that catered to plus-sized clothing, a full mall of shops with items in my size was daunting. Too many options and not enough knowledge of brands that were good vs cheap. I usually went home pretty frustrated."

– ganache98012

No More Symptoms

"Lost about 80 pounds in the past year and a half, biggest thing that I’ve noticed that I haven’t seen mentioned on here yet is my acid reflux and heartburn are basically gone. I used to be popping tums every couple hours and now they just sit in the medicine cabinet collecting dust."

– colleennicole93

Expanding Capabilities

"I'm all for not judging people by their appearance and I recognise that there are unhealthy, unachievable beauty standards, but one thing that is undeniable is that I can just do stuff now. Just stamina and flexibility alone are worth it, appearance is tertiary at best."

– Ramblonius

People Change Their Tune

"How much nicer people are to you."

"My feet weren't 'wide' they were 'fat.'"

– LiZZygsu

"Have to agree. Lost 220 lbs, people make eye contact and hold open doors and stuff"

"And on the foot thing, I also lost a full shoe size numerically and also wear regular width now 😅"

– awholedamngarden

It's gonna take some getting used to.

Bones Everywhere

"Having bones. Collarbones, wrist bones, knee bones, hip bones, ribs. I have so many bones sticking out everywhere and it’s weird as hell."

– Princess-Pancake-97

"I noticed the shadow of my ribs the other day and it threw me, there’s a whole skeleton in here."

– bekastrange

Knee Pillow

"Right?! And they’re so … pointy! Now I get why people sleep with pillows between their legs - the knee bones laying on top of each other (side sleeper here) is weird and jarring."

– snic2030

"I lost only 40 pounds within the last year or so. I’m struggling to relate to most of these comments as I feel like I just 'slimmed down' rather than dropped a ton. But wow, the pillow between the knees at night. YES! I can relate to this. I think a lot of my weight was in my thighs. I never needed to do this up until recently."

– Strongbad23

More Mobility

"I’ve lost 100 lbs since 2020. It’s a collection of little things that surprise me. For at least 10 years I couldn’t put on socks, or tie my shoes. I couldn’t bend over and pick something up. I couldn’t climb a ladder to fix something. Simple things like that I can do now that fascinate me."

"Edit: Some additional little things are sitting in a chair with arms, sitting in a booth in a restaurant, being able to shop in a normal store AND not needing to buy the biggest size there, being able to easily wipe my butt, and looking down and being able to see my penis."

– dma1965

People making significant changes, whether for mental or physical health, can surely find a newfound perspective on life.

But they can also discover different issues they never saw coming.

That being said, overcoming any challenge in life is laudable, especially if it leads to gaining confidence and ditching insecurities.