Going to school is supposed to be one of the best chapters of your life as you learn about the world and get taught all the skills that you need for adulthood. And teachers are supposed to be your mentors and sometimes even your friends. Unfortunately, this romantic idea of what school should be like doesn’t always match up with reality.

Justin Boldaji shared a story on Twitter about how his science teacher gave him a lower mark on his test because he doodled monsters in the margins of the paper. He then asked other internet users to share their own stories about how and when they became “radicalized” in school. Upvote the stories that resonated with you, dear Pandas, and drop us a comment if anything similar has happened to you in school. Be sure to scroll down for Bored Panda's interview with Justin.

Justin’s story moved a lot of people who thought that they had a lot in common with him. His post got more than 225k likes and was retweeted 16.8k times and lots of Twitter users went on to explain what jerk teachers they had to deal with in their school days.

Image credits: justinboldaji

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Coraline Brown
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4 months ago

Fight the system 💪

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Foxxy (The Original)
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4 months ago

I think the teacher needs to go back to school to learn and not teach.

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Samantha Lomb
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4 months ago

Totally wrong way to approach teaching

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According to Justin, what happened to him in the 4th grade still bothers him to this day. "It’s a memory that resurfaces occasionally and I get angry about it all over again." He added that he didn't expect his thread to go viral and expected 10 to 15 likes at best.

Justin said that his teacher's actions didn't demotivate him or stop him from drawing: "If anything it made me realize even more clearly that I wanted to do something artistic for a living, because if someone hates monsters, they’re dead inside. Regarding my art these days, I have a kids book I’m self publishing in a month or two called 'The T. Rex With Fluff Who Wanted to be Tough.' It’s about a dinosaur who wants to be cool but thinks he can’t because of how he looks. It’s a book that I think will be able to help a lot of kids."

He also had some advice for people who are in school now and are having a rough time with their teachers. "School doesn’t last forever and you’re gonna deal with these jamokes in the professional world so never falter to the haters. Do your own thing always!" Justin said.

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Elina Kuusisto
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4 months ago

OMFG

Samantha Lomb
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4 months ago

Wow. What a sexist prick

Thenatural
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4 months ago

I think you all know what the assumption was...which in itself is sexist......but the teacher is definitely a prick

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blugeagua
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4 months ago

The teacher is literally of the mindset of "boys should be allowed to do whatever they want, and if they do something it will always be the girls fault". What a sexist piece of crap! And of course instead of punishing the boy, now I'm sure that boy grew up to think he's entitled to anything.

i like jelly
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4 months ago

CANT UPVOTE THIS ENOUGH

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Noez 🇸🇪
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4 months ago

Victim blaiming a third grader, really?

Flare
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4 months ago

Anyone who does that deserves to be fired, blacklisted and never be allowed to be working near children

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Carol Emory
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4 months ago

Just like my mother, I would have tore that teacher a new one and advocated for their removal. Sexist pig.

GARRETT O'BANION
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4 months ago

sexist teacher

Patrick O'Harris
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4 months ago

My Mom would have ripped that teachers head off.

Dave P
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4 months ago

well some teacher supports domestic abuse and raising kids to support it

Colleen Marie
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4 months ago

WOW! That's makes me angry just reading it!

JD Dion
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4 months ago

And your parents should have been there with a lawyer with a paper suing that teacher and sh

Chris DiFonso
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4 months ago

"This is why some teachers deserve a beating."

Steve Cruz
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4 months ago

For decades female students in high school and college have been told that reporting rape could "ruin a boy's life." This was the same mentality.

Suzanne Dunne
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4 months ago

My god that! is disgusting

Candace Sunlight
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4 months ago

OMGoodness that's absolutely horrible

Landon DeSonne
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4 months ago

bruh it wasnt your fault and the teacher needs to be fired

Iapetos
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4 months ago

What a sick sadistic idiot.

Celtic Pirate Queen
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4 months ago

My daughter was being bullied by a boy in kindergarten. She told the playground monitor constantly. I spoke to her, the teacher and the principal (thank God I kept a log and copies of the emails). I got everything from "boys will be boys" to "oh, it's so cute. He must really like her". She was small for her age and this little punk was terrorizing her. I finally taught her some self defense moves and gave her carte blanche to use them. (Remember this is KINDERGARTEN). The next time he picked on her she kicked him so hard in the balls he dropped. THAT got their attention. Turns out his parents had never been informed and where shocked when I threatened to call the police and have their little prick charged with assault. The principal was mortified when I pulled out my file folder containing all the documentation I'd made sure to keep. The kid transferred to another school and the principal was replaced the following year. Not with MY kid you don't.

Seabeast
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4 months ago

Good for you!

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CincyReds
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4 months ago

Whaaaat? What decade was this?

Emily Ashcraft
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4 months ago

this teacher is clearly in the wrong profession

MIRANDA DE LA ROSA
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4 months ago

Not even gonna give the other boy a lecture about watching out for someone else?!

Id row
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4 months ago

You have got to be kidding with that, that's beyond outrageous.

AzKhaleesi
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4 months ago

Oh I'd be in jail if I were this child's mother for beating the shit out of that sexist ass teacher

i like jelly
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4 months ago

Why is this getting downvotes???

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DjinN
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4 months ago

URghhh what a douche

Lilac Poet
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4 months ago

What a sexist teacher. I assume they were male?

bruh does it matter
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4 months ago

ru serious?

Animal lover❤
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4 months ago

What. The. Actual. Hell.

togcrewsc
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4 months ago

what the hell?

Bacony Cakes
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5 days ago

How about that teacher go interrupt this boy... Big-Boy-5f...ab121c.jpg Big-Boy-5f65a21ab121c.jpg

David Lippman
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4 months ago

And that teacher kept his/her/its license?

Madeline Shafer
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4 months ago

thats rude

Helouise Doofenschmirtz
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4 months ago

SMASH THE PATRIARCHY!!!!!

Hazel Gray
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4 months ago

What the f**king hell?!?! Talk about sexisim!!!!!!

Santino Marazzo
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4 months ago

When I was in grade three,my teacher miss North, would always single me out for punishment. She wood take me out to our hallway outside the class room, and proceed to give me the strap for no good reason. I am 77 years old , and that abuse is still fresh in my mind. Those strappings were on on going thing with her. No need to tell ones parents about the abuse, because if you told your parents, they would believe the teacher and punish you yet again. That was also the norm for any kind of abuse related to people with authority.

Kim Conroy
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4 months ago

I'd be changing schools after that. what a joke

Joanne Hudson
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4 months ago

Wrong on SO many levels.

Storm Rise
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4 months ago

Where do I have to go to slap the ever-living stuffing out of that teacher?!!!!!!

Fred Burrows
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4 months ago

Omiigod , wtf ?

Melissa McGuire
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4 months ago

I might have walked right back out but it's Mir likely I would have said something to greet myself suspended. Something starting with f and ending with u.

JJM
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4 months ago

Wow!

Khadija Hammond
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4 months ago

WTF???Psycho teacher

Tara Trainor
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4 months ago

Wow!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Lisa Chambers
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4 months ago

um fuck that bitch

Denmari
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4 months ago

wow, just wow

Kiss Army
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4 months ago

My dad would have kicked her ass for if she tried to make me say something like that...

Stille20
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4 months ago

What!? None of that makes sense, even if you are sexist. Kids bump into each other.

D Bailey
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4 months ago

That is criminal ! Public shaming and a direct attack on ones self esteem as opposed to empathy makes it easy to see why this one of those moments you never forget. I can even see it being made worse by someone saying "Well it made you stronger". When the reality is it just hurts. I hope you brought that teacher exlax brownies. :)

Grumble O'Pug
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4 months ago

GAAAAH!!!!

deanna woods
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4 months ago (edited)

My mom would have cussed that teacher out so good and I would have laughed the whole time.

TheHerplover
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4 months ago

I woulda punched the teacher and ran

[] person []
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4 months ago

lmao i hope that teacher rots in hell thats f* up

Sarah Brinsfield
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4 months ago

What the actual F

Sue Knerl
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4 months ago

Ass

Cho Chang
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4 months ago

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Mark Kelly
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4 months ago

Did this take place in the 50s?

R L
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4 months ago

I would like to think that this was followed by 'because the boys didn't look where they are going and have as a result seriosly injured X, they are now banished from the playground'.

Boop
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4 months ago

Wha-no....just...no

Marilyn Bojanowski
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4 months ago

D:< D:< D:< D:<

Untitled_Goose_Man
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4 months ago

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Wow, yeah, that's insanely sexist. However, it isn't all bad. Young boys on playgrounds are like Sharknados, so it is kinda of a good idea to avoid them..

Seabeast
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4 months ago

The boy ran into her at full speed. How could she have avoided it?

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Candace Sunlight
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4 months ago

That's terrible. I assure you, people definitely love you even if you're fat.

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Samantha Lomb
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4 months ago

How hard is it to accommodate something like that? It costs the teacher nothing. I've had students with bad eyes and would make big font assignments for them. It costs nothing

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Even though we have high expectations from teachers, we sometimes forget that they’re human beings—they have flaws and, unfortunately, sometimes they punish their students for being creative or when they ‘step out of line.’ While other teachers can be straight-up bullies.

ThoughtCo. writes how an anonymous survey from 2006 showed that 45 percent of teachers admitted that they bullied a student at least once. Teachers can bully students because they lack the proper training in how children should be disciplined. Others might bully students because they are bullied in class themselves or were the victims of bullies when they were kids.

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ZombieGirl
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4 months ago

Jesus Christ, that took a turn lol

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Leo Domitrix
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4 months ago

How did a teacher who never saw you before expect you to have homework?!

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Carol Emory
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4 months ago

This crap happened a lot to me because I would ace tests and throw off the curve on grading. I hated those curves. They were designed for bad teachers that hoped their poor teaching skills wouldn't result in half the class failing.

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Alan McEvoy explains in a piece in Tolerance Magazine how students feel powerless and shamed when teachers target them. “Teacher bullying can also have a contagion effect, indicating to students that the bullying of a particular individual is acceptable and making the individual vulnerable to more abuse,” he adds.

You’d think that other teachers would step in and put a stop to their colleague’s actions, but this is wishful thinking. Sometimes, they’ll think that there’s nothing that they can do. While the teachers who bully their students defend themselves by saying how they’re ‘disciplining’ and ‘motivating’ their students or even try to write it off as a joke.

If you suspect that your child’s being bullied, it’s incredibly important that you support them, document all the times they were picked on by their teachers, talk to other parents to see if the problem’s bigger than you suspected.

Afterward, try meeting with the teacher and if that doesn’t work, go up the chain of command: have a chat with the principal, then the superintendent, then the school board.

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Carol Emory
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4 months ago

Hello...Graphic Designer?

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Hans
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4 months ago

I remember a friend in elementary school how could not bring materials for art class. Would be sitting there hour for hour, doing nothing, earning an E, ignored by the teachers. I was too young to fully understand, but I grasp he wanted but couldn't and no one with the power to change something would care.

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Hans
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4 months ago

Despicable attitude

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Magdalena Bone
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4 months ago

That’s ridiculous!

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Roger Haywood
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4 months ago

Karma finally got round to him.

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Carol Emory
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4 months ago

My husband did an abstract art piece (painting) that had simple figures of people dancing outside the walls of a city while the city was burning. He proudly took it to class only to have the TA (professor was out) look at it and say, "No..that's not abstract..this is." And proceeded to take a paint brush and spattered black paint all over my husbands work. My husband was furious. So was I. IDGAF if you think it was wrong or not...you don't destroy someone else's work like that.

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Carol Emory
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4 months ago (edited)

Had that happen too. Teacher insisted I must've plagiarized it. Tried to give me a failing grade. My mother went postal so the principal graded it himself looking up my references and reading it word by word. He gave it back to the English teacher and said "She earned an A." The teacher was furious..swears I got away with cheating. No one liked her in the school..not even the other teachers. Not surprising that she left after several of the parents threatened to sue if she wasn't fired backed by several of the good teachers threatening to resign.

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Leo Domitrix
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4 months ago

Or you could argue you shouldn't be punished for not burning something down...

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Leo Domitrix
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4 months ago

And teachers like this are why I don't "believe int he perfect teacher"...

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Francis
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4 months ago

if i write 7 without the horizontal line it looks like a 1. it (the horizontal line) is the way we learn to write the 7 in my country...

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Catherine Hankinson
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4 months ago

I was the same. We were doing our GCSEs and reading in class. The teacher asked me a question and my response was "what page are you on" I'd read the text book about three times and was reading another book. Didn't go down well.

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visvalin Vamadevan
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4 months ago

It’s a scam. They’re all out to scam us. Run. Run while you can to McDonald’s. Oh wait. Dang it. Coronavirus

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Leo Domitrix
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4 months ago

Nothing like a fascist for a teacher to make you hate education.

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Kaisu
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4 months ago

What's with all these teachers who can't handle exceptionally smart children? Are they jealous because they developed slower as children or what?

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GARRETT O'BANION
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4 months ago

How does a high IQ make you a serial killer........i don't understand

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Kaisu
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4 months ago

People like this are not qualified to work as teachers

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Iapetos
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4 months ago

Stupid teacher wants you to stay in first grade forever.

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Leo Domitrix
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4 months ago

Oh, yeah. They're stooping to below petty when they go after the ragged edges.

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Carol Emory
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4 months ago

I took business classes in high school including Business Law. There was this one guy in class that liked me and showed it by pawing me during class. Every time I moved, he'd show up at the last minute and squeeze a chair in next to me so he could do it again. I finally yelled "Keep your hands off me!" The guy turned beet red and moved away. The teacher said "Is there a problem?" I replied "Not anymore." The guy sat on the opposite side of the room from me after that. Sorry your teacher was a douche apparently.

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Leo Domitrix
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4 months ago

We once transferred mid-year in school. I'd learned cursive at the prior school. I had to not use it because the new school didn't do that till the next grade level.

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Big Blue Cat
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4 months ago

My Finnish teacher claimed I didn't turn in my writings (some short story) at the previous class, because she couldn't find it in her papers. I calmly told her that I did and told her what it was about. I could see from her face that she remembered reading it and then she started panicing, what to do when she has lost my paper. I tried to calm her down and jokingly said that she could give me a 7 like all the previous papers. (I really thought it was funny that I got the same number from her to all my writings through the whole year.) That's when she lost it. She started bawling she can't even grade papers and ran to the teachers lounge to cry. Maybe she had a point, did she really give it any thought if all 10 papers got the same grade and I can't remember getting feedback how to improve. After that incident I remember getting better grades from her. Our grades went from 4-10, 10 being the best number and you could get halfs like 7.5 so teachers really could fine tune the grades.

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