School. It's somewhere we all have to go, whether we like it or not. They could at least make it a pleasant place to be, couldn't they? Well not really, no. Most public schools are formulaic, functional places that hardly make students want to be there, let alone inspire creativity and the joy of learning. With budgets being further slashed under conservative governments in the U.S. and UK, the situation in these countries at least isn't looking up. Not only are students and teachers dealing with boring, dilapidated buildings and classrooms, but many also have to live with shortages of basic materials too, prompting teachers to leave the profession en masse. So much for caring about the next generation!

Bored Panda has collected a list of examples of school designers either taking shortcuts, not caring or needing to go back to school themselves. From thoughtless toilet placements to hilariously offensive murals, these students can at least have a wry chuckle at the ridiculousness of it all.

Scroll down below to check them out for yourself, and let us know what you think in the comments!

#1

New Statue At A Catholic School

New Statue At A Catholic School

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Ritchat 1 month ago

I'm a bad person. Laughed way too hard at this. D:

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So we've seen the consequences of bad design, so what makes for good design? There are a few basic principles to stick to if you want to make sure your design is practical, relevant and makes sense!

According to Dieter Rams, a German industrial designer who was responsible for the design of Braun’s consumer products for many years, there are 10 principles of good design, also known as the '10 commandments.' Even though they were written long ago and technology has advanced beyond his wildest dreams, Dieter's principles still apply today!

#2

German School

German School

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The Dutches 1 month ago

More ouch.

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#3

This School Bus Ad

This School Bus Ad

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Paige s 1 month ago

yep, how i feel every day i wake up to go to school

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Furniture designers Vitsoe have worked closely with Dieter Rams for decades, and helpfully summarize his founding principles of good design with the following explanations:

Good design is innovative The possibilities for innovation are not, by any means, exhausted. Technological development is always offering new opportunities for innovative design. But innovative design always develops in tandem with innovative technology, and can never be an end in itself.

Good design makes a product useful: A product is bought to be used. It has to satisfy certain criteria, not only functional, but also psychological and aesthetic. Good design emphasizes the usefulness of a product whilst disregarding anything that could possibly detract from it.

Good design is aesthetic: The aesthetic quality of a product is integral to its usefulness because products we use every day affect our person and our well-being. But only well-executed objects can be beautiful.

#4

It's Even More Fascinating When This Shit Happens In A Design School

It's Even More Fascinating When This Shit Happens In A Design School

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Paige s 1 month ago

the irony :/

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#5

Hangers At School...

Hangers At School...

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Bredan TheGreat 1 month ago

Why though?

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Good design makes a product understandable: It clarifies the product’s structure. Better still, it can make the product talk. At best, it is self-explanatory.

Good design is unobtrusive: Products fulfilling a purpose are like tools. They are neither decorative objects nor works of art. Their design should therefore be both neutral and restrained, to leave room for the user’s self-expression.

Good design is honest: It does not make a product more innovative, powerful or valuable than it really is. It does not attempt to manipulate the consumer with promises that cannot be kept.

#6

"A Man Plowing A Field" On A Local School Building

"A Man Plowing A Field" On A Local School Building

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BlackestDawn 1 month ago

Well, he's plowing something all right.

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#7

Interesting Take For A School Quote

Interesting Take For A School Quote

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Foxxy 1 month ago

Damn, that’s a terrible quote.

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Good design is thorough down to the last detail: Nothing must be arbitrary or left to chance. Care and accuracy in the design process show respect towards the user.

Good design is environmentally-friendly: Design makes an important contribution to the preservation of the environment. It conserves resources and minimizes physical and visual pollution throughout the lifecycle of the product.

Good design is as little design as possible: Less, but better – because it concentrates on the essential aspects, and the products are not burdened with non-essentials. Back to purity, back to simplicity.

So three you have it, pretty simple right? If you are tasked with designing something and want to avoid the hilarious mistakes found in this list, check these principles off first and you should succeed!

#8

Being Helpful For The Blind

Being Helpful For The Blind

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Foxxy 1 month ago

Someone didn’t think this one through.

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#9

The Way My School Installed The New Projector

The Way My School Installed The New Projector

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Pokemon sa 1 month ago

You had one job !

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#10

The Absolute Crap Design Of My School. This Is The Place Where Every Hallway Intersects

The Absolute Crap Design Of My School. This Is The Place Where Every Hallway Intersects

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The Dutches 1 month ago

And dangerous in case of fire. Hopefully there are a lot of emergency exits in the building.

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#11

This School Just Renovated The Toilets At Their Gym

This School Just Renovated The Toilets At Their Gym

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The Dutches 1 month ago

Demand that the teachers use it. Things will change immediately.

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#12

The Pie Graph In My School's Newspaper

The Pie Graph In My School's Newspaper

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Foxxy 1 month ago

And the person who made the graph was in kindergarten.

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#13

High School Gym In Pontiac, Mi. There Are No Words...

High School Gym In Pontiac, Mi. There Are No Words...

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MagicalUnicorn 1 month ago

was this done by same lady who 'improved' Jesus paining?

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#14

This Machine At My School Sound Painful

This Machine At My School Sound Painful

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Alex Bailey 1 month ago

God, no thanks.

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#15

My Schools Attempt At Being Multicultural

My Schools Attempt At Being Multicultural

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Bunzilla 1 month ago

Why would you put ANYBODY'S face on a garbage can?

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#16

My School Has This Mini Park Inside It But No One Can Get Inside

My School Has This Mini Park Inside It But No One Can Get Inside

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Foxxy 1 month ago

That’s just sad, would be a great spot to sit.

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#17

Our School Has Fantastic Fans

Our School Has Fantastic Fans

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Pan Da 1 month ago

It's just your school's self-destruct system

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#18

Seen At My School

Seen At My School

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#19

My School Locker Can’t Even Fit My Backpack Because Of Those Shelves

My School Locker Can’t Even Fit My Backpack Because Of Those Shelves

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Marcellus the Third 1 month ago

But your suit! You can hang it crease-free!

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#20

Front Door Of A Middle School

Front Door Of A Middle School

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Pokemon sa 1 month ago

polarballs

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#21

Extreme Entrance To School Gym

Extreme Entrance To School Gym

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Linda Something 1 month ago

For parkour lessons!

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#22

One-Way Window Tint At School, So We Can't See Shooters, But They Can See Us

One-Way Window Tint At School, So We Can't See Shooters, But They Can See Us

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Martha Meyer 1 month ago

It's really sad that their first thought has to be about someone using this to massacre them more easily.

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#23

School My From Words Inspiring

School My From Words Inspiring

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Keanric Choy 1 month ago

someone's gonna do just that when reading this as they walk up.

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#24

There Is So Much Wrong With This Map At My School

There Is So Much Wrong With This Map At My School

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Martha Meyer 1 month ago

How did Maryland make it into theAtlantic Ocean?

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#25

Our School Must Be The Crappiest Design I've Ever Seen!

Our School Must Be The Crappiest Design I've Ever Seen!

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JessG 1 month ago

It can't be legal to have see through glass doors on the children's toilets

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#26

The Wall Decoration At My High School, Red Is Supposed To Represent The Freshmen

The Wall Decoration At My High School, Red Is Supposed To Represent The Freshmen

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Linda Something 1 month ago

It represents the freshmen that didn't survive the halls.

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#27

The Pamphlet For My School's Special Needs Program

The Pamphlet For My School's Special Needs Program

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Bunzilla 1 month ago

Well, that's not creepy

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#28

My Schools Fine Arts Department Had Some Interesting Stickers

My Schools Fine Arts Department Had Some Interesting Stickers

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NCC~1701 1 month ago

Hey when you gottta you gotta I won’t judge

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#29

This Graph In A High School Year Book

This Graph In A High School Year Book

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Martha Meyer 1 month ago

That'll teach them percentages, alright.

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#30

This Is On Our Wall In The School...

This Is On Our Wall In The School...

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Martha Meyer 1 month ago

This is supposed to be a light bulb I guess.

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#31

These Signs Are All Around My School, Let's Sell Some Children!

These Signs Are All Around My School, Let's Sell Some Children!

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Bunzilla 1 month ago

Ouch. Very poorly worded.

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#32

At First Glance, The White Lettering On This Pride Poster At My High School Blends In With The Yellow Background. Changes The Meaning Drastically

At First Glance, The White Lettering On This Pride Poster At My High School Blends In With The Yellow Background. Changes The Meaning Drastically

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Kevin Donegan 1 month ago

Sadly, it's a hidden message.

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#33

The Mirror At The Men's Bathroom At My School

The Mirror At The Men's Bathroom At My School

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Foxxy 1 month ago

What is the purpose of having the mirror that high.

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#34

This Door In My School

This Door In My School

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Alex K 1 month ago (edited)

dobby lives there

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#35

My High School’s End Zone For Over 90 Years

My High School’s End Zone For Over 90 Years

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BingeFest1 1 month ago

Also known as the ankle breaker

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#36

This Person In My School Book

This Person In My School Book

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NCC~1701 1 month ago

Don’t judge. Maybe he accidentally got to close to the fireplace and there was an accident!:p

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#37

Off Centre, Misspelled, Hard To See Road Markings At A Local School

Off Centre, Misspelled, Hard To See Road Markings At A Local School

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Nunya 1 month ago

Help! It an emegecy!

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#38

My Friend's New Locker Has A Huge Pipe Running Through It

My Friend's New Locker Has A Huge Pipe Running Through It

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The Dutches 1 month ago

That is not a locker. That is a hidden pipe.

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#39

Stalls In School's Bathroom

Stalls In School's Bathroom

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Bunzilla 1 month ago

I've seen this picture so many times with many different descriptions. No idea where it actually came from.

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#40

"High School"

"High School"

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Foxxy 1 month ago

Whoever did this must have been high

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#41

This Graph In My School's Yearbook...

This Graph In My School's Yearbook...

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Ellen 1 month ago

"Would you rather" is what I'm most irritated about, what kind of question is that given the available answers?

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#42

This Sign At My School

This Sign At My School

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FloC 1 month ago

Written by Yoda.

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#43

There Are Several Of These At My School And I Am Unlucky Enough To Be Right In The Corner

There Are Several Of These At My School And I Am Unlucky Enough To Be Right In The Corner

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#44

After My School Had A Fire Alarm (Planned) I Noticed This

After My School Had A Fire Alarm (Planned) I Noticed This

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boredpanDaman 1 month ago

this way! no, THAT way! no... ooouch... g'bye

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#45

The Unfortunate Overhead View Of My School's Library Desks

The Unfortunate Overhead View Of My School's Library Desks

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Alex K 1 month ago

if someone is desperate to be offended, they will be offended with everything

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#46

Poster At My School. Lightbulb Looks Like A Noose

Poster At My School. Lightbulb Looks Like A Noose

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Daniel Lewis 1 month ago

Helpfulness? Do they provide the rope for you?

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#47

This Wrestling Painting At A High School

This Wrestling Painting At A High School

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Uwe Theiss 1 month ago

To be honest, only with the outlines wrestling always looks like a sex scene.

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#48

Found At My School

Found At My School

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BrokenFlame 1 month ago

for people wondering what it says: You will never have this day again, so make it count

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#49

My High School Science Departments Lights

My High School Science Departments Lights

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Paige s 1 month ago

omg, big OCD moment :'(

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#50

The Design School I Graduated From Sent This Postcard Out

The Design School I Graduated From Sent This Postcard Out

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boredpanDaman 1 month ago

dont you "i'll know show i how to" me!

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#51

Cover At My School That Is The Perfect Size To Not Cover The Benches

Cover At My School That Is The Perfect Size To Not Cover The Benches

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ZANDA 1 month ago

Sit down and have a shower

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#52

Found This Interesting Little Corridor To Nothing At My School

Found This Interesting Little Corridor To Nothing At My School

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NCC~1701 1 month ago

Actually, that’s a secret passage to Hogwarts.

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#53

This Is What 2018-2019 Looks Like According To My School

This Is What 2018-2019 Looks Like According To My School

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Night Owl 1 month ago

They know how to recycle and reuse

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#54

My Schools Name Is “Analy”

My Schools Name Is “Analy”

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Nunya 1 month ago

And this is the Anal - Prospectors game (yikes!)

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#55

This Ticket Gate At My School

This Ticket Gate At My School

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The Dutches 1 month ago

Why is there a ticket gate in a school?

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#56

Found This In My Schools Chill Room. I Dont Know What To Say

Found This In My Schools Chill Room. I Dont Know What To Say

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Keanric Choy 1 month ago

that's why it's there, it gives you chills when you look at it

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#57

The New Signs At My School Have Brail That Is Not Raised

The New Signs At My School Have Brail That Is Not Raised

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Bunzilla 1 month ago

Do people even know what braille is anymore?

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#58

(In My School Textbook) Coloured Bar Graph Displayed In Monochrome

(In My School Textbook) Coloured Bar Graph Displayed In Monochrome

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NCC~1701 1 month ago

I sincerely hope that you didn’t have to pay for those

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#59

These Trash Cans At My School

These Trash Cans At My School

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Iggy 1 month ago

Garbage klans.

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#60

The Shirt Of Our School Swim Team, The Message Makes Sense But It Sounds Like You Want Us To Kill Our Selves...

The Shirt Of Our School Swim Team, The Message Makes Sense But It Sounds Like You Want Us To Kill Our Selves...

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Madzdad the bard 1 month ago

or the chem students.

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#61

Seen At My School, Not A Good Idea To Use Yellow On Yellow...

Seen At My School, Not A Good Idea To Use Yellow On Yellow...

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Sarah Panhorst 1 month ago

bet you a student did this in purpose

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#62

This Sign For A Private Catholic School

This Sign For A Private Catholic School

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Monster munch 1 month ago

After all the cover ups, it is nice to see the Catholic Church are starting to change, now they are honest about what they are doing, it would have been nicer just to stop it.

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#63

My High School Felt The Need To Install A Fence Separating The Student Parking Lot And The School. And To Block Off The Crosswalk

My High School Felt The Need To Install A Fence Separating The Student Parking Lot And The School. And To Block Off The Crosswalk

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Bonnie Blue Bird 1 month ago

Hurdle try outs!

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#64

My School

My School

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Sarah Panhorst 1 month ago

how did they get it there?

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#65

This Advertisment Posted At My School For An Event

This Advertisment Posted At My School For An Event

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Night Owl 1 month ago

"April is comedy month"? I stared far too long at this one

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#66

Stairs Leading To Nowhere At My School

Stairs Leading To Nowhere At My School

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Daniela-Iulia Balaciu 1 month ago (edited)

it's like a parabola, something like: when you get to the top you have nowhere else to go further

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#67

This Photo In My School Yearbook

This Photo In My School Yearbook

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Monday 1 month ago

I don't know what's better...the kid about to kick the ball into the other kid's head or the block cutting into the kid's arm.

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#68

My School Decided To Use An Interesting Picture For Net Neutrality...

My School Decided To Use An Interesting Picture For Net Neutrality...

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Night Owl 1 month ago (edited)

Did they thought the students wouldn't notice!?! LOL

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#69

No Sharing Food Allergies In The School

No Sharing Food Allergies In The School

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BlackestDawn 1 month ago

I didn't know cellphones, laptops, and game controllers were edible.

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#70

The Crappy Toilet Roll Holders At My School

The Crappy Toilet Roll Holders At My School

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jamie1707 1 month ago

They make it so it's hard to get paper off the roll to prevent waste. I've seen set ups like that in a variety of places.

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#71

My School Bathroom

My School Bathroom

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Tim Wilson 1 month ago

Teaching everyone to plan ahead

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#72

Emb Ra Ce Dive Rsit Y,e Xplo R Ethe W O Rl D! (Found Inside A High School's Hall)

Emb Ra Ce Dive Rsit Y,e Xplo R Ethe W O Rl D! (Found Inside A High School's Hall)

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Pokemon sa 1 month ago

what a headache

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#73

Motivational Announcement Screen At My School

Motivational Announcement Screen At My School

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Sabienn 1 month ago

My eyes hurt...

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#74

My School

My School

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similarly 1 month ago

My OCD bell is ringing.

#75

My Schools Idea Of Eating Healthy

My Schools Idea Of Eating Healthy

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Tara 1 month ago

Eh, I’m going to eat out.

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#76

These Stairs At My School

These Stairs At My School

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Daniela-Iulia Balaciu 1 month ago

let's imagine what was there in the past, there were some platforms, there were some buildings (otherwise the stairs would have been continuous), or maybe there was a garden and that was the landscape, or maybe those stairs are with purpose: the stairs for nowhere

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#77

My Schools Urinals

My Schools Urinals

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