Lord bless our educators. They put up with more than they ever should and they are in no way financially compensated properly. What students will make teachers endure can sometimes almost be sadistic; especially if you're a substitute. Sure kids just think they maybe having innocent fun or they maybe acting out without malicious intent but none of that means our teachers should just roll over and take it.
Redditor u/schnitzel-shyster wanted some to own to what they've witnessed when it comes to behavior towards our educators, asking... Reddit, what's the worst thing a class or student has done to a teacher? Teachers need to be making more money for sure.
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We had a substitute teacher at my elementary school. Very congenial guy, pretty intelligent, could substitute for a homeroom teacher or the art teacher and make the class BETTER than our normal teachers. Details can be blurry after almost 30 years, but I can still remember how well he could draw.
Unfortunately, he also had some sort of motor disorder... I wouldn't be qualified to tell you what it was, but it worked quick. Goes without saying, kids being as cruel as they are, he quickly earned the nickname of Mr. Retardo from my trashy-a** classmates. Maybe I did it once or twice... I don't think I did, I liked him a lot, but I did some mean things from time to time too. Didn't seem to phase him- he still came to work and gave everything he had to us. They would make fun of the way he said "Goood morning.... claaaaaass..." because of the way he slurred his words.
I think I remember hearing that the last time he substituted, he had to leave because he lost control of his bladder and pissed himself. I don't want to think about how mean the kids were that day.
When I was in 4th grade, my last year at this particular school, I remember being at an intramural basketball game and seeing an older woman sit down on the bleachers leading a grown man who was clearly disabled and shuffling like a toddler. It was him. He was unshaved, disheveled, and just staring at the floor ahead of him. My friend Matt (maybe the nicest kid I ever knew, he's a minister now and I trust that he is a very good one,) suggested that we go say hi to him. We went over at halftime (with our coach's permission) and tried to start a conversation with him. The woman (I assume she was his mother) told us that he probably wouldn't talk, but that he was glad to see us. Whatever disorder he was suffering from had taken over. Matt said something about missing his drawing, and the woman started crying.
I don't know how eternity works, like if there's a heaven or reincarnation or anything like that, but I hope that man is free of his suffering. He dedicated his last able years to helping children, and I think he's earned that.
I remember that a colleague of mine had a class, in it was one kid who had already gotten himself in trouble: stealing, police at his house, you name it.
This kid got a hold of her number, called it (not anonymously, stupid for him) and her 5-year old daughter answered. He started saying how he would kill her and het mother, throw her off the stairs, etc. Kid got arrested, expelled and is, as I hear it, doing time for this and a robbery that happened shortly after.
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We had this teacher for Latin & Greek. She's nice, but she can be a bit boring sometimes. She always wears her hair in a really long braid, like, it goes to the bottom of her back. Some girl cut off the braid some years ago and was of course expelled.
Kids are just mean..
A few of us planned a Secret Santa for our class. We invited our teacher to be a part of it too. Being the "mom" of the department, she was very excited.
On the day of the exchange, a friend of mine noticed a gift deliberately kept at the bottom of the stairs. It was anonymously addressed to the teacher. She picked it up and passed it on the teacher.
Later the teacher called her, asking who the gift was from. According to her it wasn't very "Christmassy." It was a book called "How to be a Good Teacher."
She might not have been the best teacher, but that was just mean. The person who did it showed no remorse. Her friends just laughed with her. In fact when she'd first drawn the teacher's name, she'd immediately thought of this book. When the teacher found out later, she was in denial, because this one had always been a "good girl." She blamed another student who'd always given her trouble.
Basically it was a crap show all around and we learned never to do anything nice for our class again.
Not my story but happened to my dad's teacher.
When my dad was in middle school he had a teacher who survived a nazi concentration camp, who I guess due to malnourishment lost his balance-ability (terminology?) and had to either walk super close to a wall so as not to fall.
The kids in the school used to mock him a lot since it looked silly, that is until the teacher broke down and told the class about why he walked like he did.
Maybe not the worst of stories compared, but crappy behaviors nonetheless.
Had this teacher who we all hated but loved in hindsight bc she put up with our crap and we had her for like 2 years in a row. Any who, one week she had some surgery on her ears and she told us she couldn't hear very well at all. So we test the waters and she seriously couldn't hear us if we were loudly whispering.
We start playing the penis game and one kid starts yelling it and other curse words. We tell him to stop and he goes "What?? Dumb boob can't hear any way." Then the teacher goes "I've heard everything you guys have said for the past 20 minutes" but in that really choked up tone like she was fighting back a fountain of tears.
Video killed the radio star...
Idk if a video is floating around of this still. It was a huge deal in my local town. There was this high school that was known for how bad its students were. Drugs, gang fights,etc. Anyways in the videos, theres this substitute teacher trying to calm down this unruly class. The class is ignoring him and mocking him. Suddenly, these teenage girls get on top of their desk and start dancing nasty and super sexual. One goes to the teacher and starts trying to twerk on him. The teacher backs away but the girl keeps going after him. It all ended up on the news, idk what happen to the sub, but I believe the girls got suspended.
Damn the fish!
A teacher our high school was known for crying and his son was in his class 4th period. Every period that day he told a story about how he caught a fish over the weekend. As he's telling the story to the 4th period class his son stands up an yells "NOBODY CARES ABOUT YOUR STUPID FISH STORY" and stomps out of the room. His dad just puts his head down and cries for 5 min.
Female teacher had a number of miscarriage(s).
Student body nicknamed her Ms. Carriage.
I was present when a kid called her this name in a f**k you sort of way. You could see her heart break right then and there. She ran out of the room crying uncontrollably.
Even sadder, she fell a few years later while on school property, hit the back of her head and died.
God bless you Ms. Wendel.
Some kids should be homeschooled!
In Year 7 (age 11), my music teacher, think his name was Mr Rayner or something.
There was a girl in my class who didn't like being told what to do at all, she really was a tearaway, always had been since she was younger, she got pissed off because he sent her out of the room for being rude, so she climbed up on the piano and stamped on it, spat all over the keyboards, took the teachers glasses from his face and stamped on them and pulled his tie really tight around his neck before spitting in his face.
She was moved to another school and the teacher just disappeared, we never saw him again. Maybe not that bad in comparison to others, but I still feel sorry for that guy 14 years later.
Dreams? More like Nightmares!
It was my mom's dream to always be a teacher. But raising three kids she never had the time to go back to school. Fast forward 25 years, my brothers and I are all grown up and moved out so decides she is going to get her teaching degree. She earns her degree in 3 years. I remember the day she called me letting me know she landed a teaching job for a 10th grade english class! She was so excited. School year starts, and the kids see she's an easy target. I don't want to go into what exactly they did. To put it bluntly... they were little animals. About a month into the school year my mom calls me crying. She had to resign. Still breaks my heart today thinking about it. She worked so hard to get that teaching degree. High-school kids can be awful.
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There was a year of high school where I flunked and was pushed into the one of the last classes where all the delinquents were and they made it their mission to see how fast they could chase a teacher out of the class. There was this lady teaching us maths that would always approach every situation with a smile and was patient af with our class. One day she comes in a bit down and silent but carries on with our lesson. One student made it his mission to be a complete butt to her throughout, basically ridiculing her for teaching a subject that was as useless as the person teaching it.
She packed up her things and left with tears in her eyes. These idiots took it as a victory. Later on we found out she lost her daughter over the weekend to leukemia but refused to take some time off since our exams were around the corner and she wanted to prepare us for it. She transferred out of our school shortly after. This incident still messes me up years later and I'm embarrassed at myself for not doing anything to stop it back then.
Say a little prayer...
I had a religion class teacher in my elementary school who was one of the best people i have ever knew. He was so patient and kind and helpful, but kids used that against him, constantly talking and yelling during his class and disrespecting him. I and a few others always tried to give him attention and listen so he doesn't feel like he is doing all that for nothing. After elementary school I've run into him a bunch of times and we always had a nice conversation. Unfortunately he died after slipping and falling on ice and hitting his head on the pavement 2 years ago, leaving a wife and 3 children behind. I was so sad to hear that, and i often get that uneasy feeling that we could and should have appreciated him more...
I've got a pretty tame one in comparison. My class pulled a lot of pranks and such on my grade 5 teacher. In addition to teaching, he was also the vice principal so he was out of the class a lot. He was pretty chill so we could get away with a lot, only got mad at us when we were wandering the library too much and disturbing other classes.
One of the more memorable things we did was put salt instead of sugar in his tea. Around Halloween he let us decorate the classroom, so me and my friends decided to make a gravestone with his name on it. We would constantly steal his nice sharpie markers so we could decorate our pencil kits.
He also once had to confiscate a toy that someone brought in that sang an annoying song. Someone broke into his desk and stole it back one day and played the song multiple times throughout the day until he figured out who it was. And not really a prank, but somehow we once got him to sing Sk8er Boi by Avril Lavigne.
I had these 2 girls in my class in middle school that would interrupt my math teacher with questions like if he "had a wife" or how many "kids he had" during lectures. They were basic questions but it happened every damn day. The poor guy would stop his lectures and answer the questions and continue to lecture until another stupid question.
Chalksticks down please!!
We had a substitute teacher that bounced around from class to class. A nice old guy who would talk a little too much telling stories. Kind of annoying, but hey we weren't learning so it wasn't so bad. He told us a story about how is brother was killed in WWII by the Nazi's. Well, a week or so later in another class he was subbing in, some dumb kid when and drew swastikas all over all the chalkboards. I didn't see the sub much after that.
Tell me that kid was expelled!
I had a wood shop teacher in high school. He was an incredibly nice guy. Laid-back, soft-spoken, really into teaching and I really looked forward to shop. Unfortunately, he was also a veteran who had seen ... things in Vietnam that he couldn't discuss. He wasn't absent often but when he was, it was for two week stretches or more. Supposedly he got special dispensation because of therapy/flashbacks/etc.
One day, a kid I knew through my part-time job, put an acid tab in the teacher's coffee. Sometime later, emergency services were called because the teacher flipped his desk and was screaming. He took the rest of the year off.
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A teacher at my school became increasingly depressed by the amount of work required of her in regards to marking students work and needing to plan lessons not in school time.
She eventually took her own life. Sadly, she was one of the youngest teachers in the school at the time and was actually my favorite because of how she engaged me and my class in regards to lessons.
I'm not saying school drove her to suicide, I guess it was just a contributing factor. She had a lot of other things going on in her life that contributed to it.
This isn't the worst but it sticks out in my mind. I had a math teacher who was just an all around angry dude and like aggressively angry. We had a substitute one day and he told us we better not give the substitute any crap or we would be in trouble, so of course the class idiot gave the sub a hard time. Teacher comes back the next day and looks at the kid and says and i kid you not "you're f**king dead" ... i don't even remember what happened but the teacher and kid left the room.
Had a student murder a teacher. Teacher was his Mom.