There is no school without rumors. People like to gossip and spread intriguing information, doesn't matter whether it's true or not. I’m sure we all have heard some weird rumors at school, so I got curious about what was the craziest hearsay the Bored Panda community members have heard at their school that turned out to be true.

Here are the most surprising stories from our pandas! Do you or did you have similar experiences at your school? Let me know in the comments!

#1

There was a rumour that one of the new boys that started had spent nearly a year locked up in a mental facility because he was a psychopath. Apparently he had burned a building down just so he could watch it! He'd also tried to kill a teacher at his last school!

A nice girl I met on my first day warned me to be on the lookout because she didn't know which of the new kids it was.

I explained to her that I was not a psychopath, but a sociopath, there are subtle differences. And I didn't burn a building down just so I could watch it burn! I did it because the building was declared too unsafe to knock down and there was a housing crisis in our area. We needed the space for new builds so it seemed the logical thing to do!
Also I didn't try to kill a teacher! I don't even know where that came from!
She was quite chill about it and we remain friends to this day.

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LeProudDork
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1 year ago

that was a plot twist...

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#2

I haven't thought about this in years... but in 4th grade I had this friend. He was extremely emotionally disturbed. Had a horrible life etc. Everyone called him Joe Luna - tic. Note I said he was my friend. I was his only friend...well his only real friend, he of course gravitated towards the other trouble makers. But I saw more in him. Anyway one day I was getting ready for school and had the radio on and news story broke about a child that committed suicide late the evening before after basically a stand off with the police. His face flashed into my head. I got chills and then dismissed it as they never said a name because it was a minor. By the time I gotten to school I had forgotten all about it until I got off the bus and saw everyone crying. Turns out it WAS Joe. What was worse was because I was his friend and sat right next to him the teacher made me clear out his desk THAT day. (no couth at all) What pissed me off even more was that was the day I learned that people are fake af. Everyone crying when they all HATED him. It made me sick. Joe would be about 41 now and wherever you are, I hope you're happy and safe.

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Reagan Goslee
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1 year ago

aww thats so sad 🥺

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#3

When I was in high school there was a rumor that the French teacher was a drug dealer. There were a lot of jokes about this as she didn't seem all that street-savvy or the type. Turned out she was not only a drug dealer, but was the kingpin for a local drug cartel, was arrested, and convicted as such.

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Celia
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1 year ago

Wow 😳

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#4

Before I knew that I was lesbian there was a rumor going around that I liked girls. I mean at the time it wasn't true, but it is now. Lmao

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Night Owl
Community Member
1 year ago

They knew before you did

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#5

It was a rumor about the “Cookies” our cafeteria served. Some back story on these cookies though…
These cookies were over baked on the edges and under baked in the middle, and had chocolate chips, and they were sooooo good!
Apparently though, a rumor that cockroaches were the chocolate chips in these cookies was sent around…
Fast forward 5 months and one person found an entire cockroach in their cookie… let’s say I never ate those things ever again…

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hellohumans
Community Member
1 year ago

Ewwwww!

#6

There was a rumor about certain chemistry teacher, who would slap anyone in corridor and will not even remember/unintentionally...Went on for 2 years, until it was found true, she had a moto neurological issue, like her arm had its own mind aka involutary reaction. Got it operated, before our term started..so I never got slapepd..duh

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grindelwald_the_insomnia_panda
Community Member
4 months ago

well then....

#7

We had a rumor that the theater teacher at my high school was having some kind of relationship with a few students. The summer I graduated we all found out it was true and the teacher was arrested

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Neil Bidle
Community Member
1 year ago

A few?!

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#8

In middle school, there was a rumor about a sixth grade girl who was pregnant. Most people didn’t believe it but still made jokes about her. Unfortunately it was true, and she had also had some issues with substance abuse in elementary school. It’s crazy and terrifying how young she was when that happened.

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lowercase
Community Member
3 weeks ago

I'm sorry, Substance abuse in ELEMENTARY SCHOOL?! How does that even happen?

#9

There was a rumor at my school that a teacher was having a relationship with a student. I didn’t believe it until his sister confirmed it to me saying she seen the letters from her.

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Community Member
1 year ago

She also got arrested a couple years later for something similar

#10

That one of our teachers, Mr Hodgson, was inappropriate with the male students he mentored. This was the early to mid '80s, and those were mostly just referred to in humorous tones as "Hodgy's Prodgy's."

Except that it was entirely true, Hodgson went to jail, and one of my classmates' families moved to the US to keep him from being subpeona'd to testify.

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ruby yay
Community Member
1 year ago

There is a teacher at my school called the exact same thing

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#11

When I was in 5th grade there was a rumor going around that one of the married male teachers was actually gay. A couple of years later, his wife walked in on him with another man. Turns out he was gay.

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SocksNeverMatch
Community Member
1 year ago

Catholic Grammer schoo. Team sports were a;lways with other Catholic schools. Rumer was that our principle was 'roomate" with a principle from another school! Small world we thought.

#12

Our valedictorian-to-be...the quiet, 5-foot tall kid with a gentle smile that looked like an accountant's assistant with a tidy haircut, a polo tucked into his khakis and glasses that were most of his face, sporting a 6.x GPA....was the biggest drug dealer in town. The admins found out and tried to cover it up and tell him to stop. The police found out and weren't so kind. Could have gone to any university in the country, but by graduation could only go with the best local school, since he wasn't allowed to leave the state.

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Reagan Goslee
Community Member
1 year ago

oof don't do drugs kids

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#13

We heard a rumor that our female Vice Principal was having an affair with one of the already married teachers. We thought it was just made up gossip. Turns out that teacher was our PE teacher. His wife served him with divorce papers and our Vice Principal was transferred to another school district, much to the protest of the students.

We also heard that there was a teacher whose wife won 2.1 million dollars off the lottery. Didn't believe it at first. Turned out that, not only was it the most boring and hated teacher in our high school, but he chose to stay and continue teaching instead of retiring. How did we find out it was true...he couldn't help but brag about it to every one of his classes.

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Night Owl
Community Member
1 year ago

No wonder that last teacher was hated. What a jerk

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#14

I went to the equivalent of high school in Norway. The seniors here have about a month of driving around on pimped out busses and partying at the end of the year. (Russetid)

When i was in my second year of high school, the rumor was that some first year students mom had been hired to do a strip tease on top of one of said busses just outside the school.

Turns out it was, and she did. The girl whose mom it was never came back to school, and I don’t blame her.

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Night Owl
Community Member
1 year ago

Poor girl

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#15

I was very young, but there was a rumor that our principle had kids almost our age, but his wife killed them one day when he was at work. Turned out to be very true and very tragic. Someone posted a link to the newspaper archive decades later. It said he came home and found his kids, and the police found his wife wandering the streets not long after. I had never imagined it was true.

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DancingPig
Community Member
1 year ago

Wow that must have been incredibly hard for him 😥

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#16

When I was in elementary school, there was a rumor that one of the male 5th grade teachers would have female students stay after school, then make them stand on the desks so he could look up their skirts. Skip three decades, I'm in my 40's and read a newspaper article about him being arrested for sexual misconduct with his female students. This went on for 40 years before he was caught!!!

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Vanta Black
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1 year ago

Yuck! What the hell?

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#17

The school Dean, who was also the Driver's Ed teacher was arrested for DUI on a bicycle.

He was riding a bicycle home from the bar because his driver license was suspended....for a DUI

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Pim de Vente
Community Member
1 year ago

Driving under influence (of alcohol or drugs)

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#18

Our baseball coach was said be having an affair with a student. Turns out he was sleeping with three of them. Later he got divorced and married one of the students.

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Vanta Black
Community Member
1 year ago

Creepy.

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#19

Rumor went around that a kid brought vodka to school.
Then the school banned water bottles, and we realized some idiot actually did it (and got caught).
Oh! And there was the kid who snuck a knife in and went crawling through the vents.
Finally, a SWAT team actually did burst down the door of the algebra classroom.
Note: these all happened while I was in sixth grade.

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grindelwald_the_insomnia_panda
Community Member
4 months ago

one year?! WTH!!?? the most exciting thing that happened was a tornado. also had a fake fire alarm so we evacuated into the rain .. right before we were to get our school photos. we got our photos taken soaking wet. fun times!

#20

Not me, but a cousin. The rumor was that some of the custodial staff were sleeping with some of the female students at the high school. They would drink and do drugs with the girls when school let out in the empty rooms. The men were in their 40's - 50's, the girls 14-17. It was a pretty big scandal.

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Bulbasaur
Community Member
1 year ago

That’s really horrible

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#21

That the most flamboyant, effeminate student in an all-male Catholic boarding school was actually heterosexual. Other students would pick on him and bully him incessantly. The guy was an extremely talented ballet dancer and landed a full scholarship to a fairly prestigious college.

It was also partly guilt-by-association, as he and I were close friends and I was the openly gay student.

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Fishy Squid
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3 weeks ago (edited)

What is heterosexual?

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#22

There was a rumor that the refrendar was pregnant after having sex with 3 different teachers on class trip. Didn't really believe it, but one year later we had a new girl in class after changing schools and one of the teachers was actually her mother's boyfriend and she confirmed the rumor.

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Hammer
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1 year ago

I don't know what a refrendar is. I also don't believe that another student can 'confirm' it through word of mouth.

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#23

when i was 13 there was a rumor that the principal raped a teacher it was true

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grindelwald_the_insomnia_panda
Community Member
4 months ago

I hope the principal went to jail!

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#24

That I was pregnant. Lol.

(OK, as context, I was the goody-two-shoes, responsible, hardworking, straight-A student, the kind of girl who definitely does not get pregnant in high school. I never even dated. Then I met the charming abusive psychopath who turned out to be the biggest mistake of my life. Then I got pregnant and became the craziest-rumour-that-turned-out-to-be-true of the year.)

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Milan VulcanAres
Community Member
1 year ago

Hugs

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#25

That one of the students didn’t get in trouble for anything at school because she was related to one of the admins.

Turns out it was true, she was the Vice principals daughter.

She skipped school, got drunk at school and even was rumored to have had sex at school. Not even a detention or anything.

Yet I got detention for being late to my morning class a few times. I was a foster kid with ptsd and depression so I wasn’t the best at getting up in the mornings. :(

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#26

Pedophile gym teacher. Enough said.

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SocksNeverMatch
Community Member
1 year ago

Coach Ice?

#27

Someone brought vodka to school and put it in their coffee in the bathroom with some friends after telling the entire school what they were doing. They are now expelled and at a school for delinquents.

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Sammy Wilson
Community Member
1 year ago

well was that in russia? they do like their vodka there,no offense

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#28

So my school is a boarding school and we have two yards for dorms, female,male(non binary got to choose). and there is a rumor that went around that each little quad in the yard(each grade has quad) there was a cursed dorm. and the one in my quad a kid supposedly committed suicide in it, i always felt that the room felt a bit off and even my roommate said to me one day "i feel like there is something in there, something that is not *person who is living in the room* and i don't like it" btw yes somebody did kill themself in the room

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Eglė Bukauskaitė
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7 months ago

;(

#29

In primary there was a rumor on Friday that on Monday a teacher was coming in with dyed hair, no one knew what colour. On Monday the teacher came in with bleached blonde hair, her natural hair was brown. She also came in with HEAVY makeup, more makeup than all Kardashians combined.

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Flexiegirl94
Community Member
1 year ago

this one is kinda funny. how did the students get hold of the rumor though?

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#30

i herard that many years ago a student hanged herself on one of the trees high up on a hill in our school and im pretty sure the tree she used is still there till this day

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#31

Once a small town, no longer: Catholice school; One of the main families had 15 children. The other had 12 children. Dad of 13 had affair with mother of 15?
Comfort level right"

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Community Member
1 year ago

She didn't do it. My sister did.

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#32

There was also a rumor about one of the teachers being a pedophile. And yeah, it was true, he was the special education teacher.
There was another rumor about a teacher attacking a kid. That one I’m actually not 100% sure about, but it sounds pretty likely considering the other things that happened at my school and the fact that she was fired.

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Milan VulcanAres
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1 year ago

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