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

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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

Emily Barnes
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4 months ago

Ikr

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Chloé Gulliver
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4 months ago

When I was in High School, we were reading "Of Mice and Men" as a class and as a fast reader, I was dying of boredom. So i read ahead. Finished the book before the class got even half way. The teacher noticed and started calling on me every lesson to read aloud because she knew I didn't know where we were. This went on for a week where a classmate would show me to the right page until I lost my chill and told her outright I'd finished it weeks ago. She chastised me for reading outside if class, then refused to believe I hadn't. I was told "If you can't tell the truth you can go sit outside and think until you're ready to admit your lies." So I stood up. Packed up my stuff. Swung my bag on a shoulder and told the whole class the ending (won't spoil it here since most schools make you read it). She tried to give me a detention but got overruled by the headmistress. At finals, she refused to mark my coursework and gave me a flat C "for trying". Bitch.

Roadkill The Brave
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4 months ago

Aw man I feel that hard core. I always finished the books, in class, while everyone else was reading. I only had one teacher who got upset by it but I took the end quiz for the entire book just a few days after getting the book and aced it with her standing over my shoulder. To be fair she let me finish the other couple books that way as long as I took part in the group discussion per chapter.

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Seabeast
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4 months ago

The mother is a bit of a nutter. Not defending the teacher, but really - vandalizing the teacher's car? What kind of example does that set?

Gehtdich Nixan
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4 months ago

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the bitch kinda deserved it ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

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Ben Smith
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4 months ago

That’s horrible what your teacher did, but your mother is a psychopath.

A
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4 months ago

Terrible teacher, terrible mother. Poor kid didn't stand much of a chance.

blugeagua
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4 months ago

Terrible teacher, good mother.

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Becca Gizmo the Squirrel
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4 months ago

You mom didn't have anything to do with the biscuit did she?

BrokenAngel
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4 months ago

Well that escalated quickly!

Kjorn
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4 months ago

so your mom poisonned her?

Pittsburgh rare
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4 months ago

ESH. Oh, wait, this is not Reddit. Everybody sucks here. What really got me was that "so"

Stannous Flouride
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4 months ago

I wonder which pancake make-up she uses to cover the 666 on her forehead...

Id row
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4 months ago

That escalated quickly, holy cow.

KT Pinto
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1 month ago

So your mother's a crazed animal then? That was not the appropriate response and the fact that you seem to take glee from a person's death shows you're following in your mother's footsteps.

Steve Cruz
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4 months ago

(The biscuit was shoved down her windpipe with a broom handle.)

Phrank
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4 months ago

Well your mom is certainly an not smart.

Community Member
4 months ago

Judging from the name and pic, the teacher was right. And mom is a cunt.

DurkSydeDave
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4 months ago

This is what happens when you hear half a story

Watching
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4 months ago

Yeah, that happened.

Orionpax75
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4 months ago

Nice!!!

Gage Franke
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6 days ago

O_O

Bobbie Morris
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3 months ago

KARMA

David Lippman
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4 months ago

Karmic justice. I had a chemistry teacher who, in 1980, asked a question in true Socratic manner -- elicit the answers from the kids so they get the joy of finding the desired solution on their own -- and I happened to know the right answer. I gave it. The teacher then grandly announced that "see, even Kiwiwriter knows the answer, and he's the stupidest person in class!" I exploded at the teacher, stormed out of the room while he was trying to backpedal, stormed home, tried to kill myself, and failed. Next day, I presented an assistant principal I was at war with with a 15-page letter about the incident, loaded with sarcasm. In 1994, I was walking through Times Square subway station, and saw that teacher's face smiling up at me from a newspaper on a passage floor. I grabbed the paper and it was my school's paper, announcing that the teacher had died of "pneumonia." He'd backed into a loaded penis. I stood on the platform yelling, "WHOOMP! THERE IT IS!"

mickey
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4 months ago

Go, Mom!

Fred Burrows
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4 months ago

Lol Good times

Amanda Hunter
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4 months ago

Karna ha ha ha.

Lisa Chambers
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4 months ago

I was not ready for that ending.

Grace Note
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4 months ago

Well that escalated!

Wendy Dyson
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4 months ago

Do NOT take the Lord's name in vain!

Robin Childers
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4 months ago

Karma, much??

Bacony
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4 months ago

That biscuit is a hero of the human race.

Aneta Skálová
Community Member
4 months ago

The food that was served in our school was terrible. When I didn't want to eat their mashed potatoes, because they tasted bad, they asked me what I eat at home. I said the same what here, but better. When my mum came, they asked her about it, she ate a bit and said "We do it with whipping cream, not milk, this is really bad" and we went home. I took my own lunch since then xD

Mainecoonsandhuskies
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4 months ago

I need this story made into a book immediately

Grumble O'Pug
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4 months ago

damn, Mama Bear Energy

KT Pinto
Community Member
1 month ago

That's not Mama Bear Energy. That's crazy bitch energy. As a Mama Bear I do not what to be compared to that.

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Jessany Trotter
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4 months ago

Beautiful .

Evil Little Thing
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4 months ago

This is the best kind of story.

Samira Peri
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4 months ago

Sorcery.

Animal lover❤
Community Member
4 months ago

Oh my god!

Katinka Min
Community Member
4 months ago

What kind of sadist would do that to a seven year old child?? Good that she died early - less chance to scar people for life and stunt their personal growth.

Hazel Gray
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4 months ago

Deserved it

Joanne Hudson
Community Member
4 months ago

Karma was watching.

Kent Fishburn
Community Member
4 months ago

Good mom. Mine told me on the first day of school, "Do NOT take any shit off your teacher!"

Doris Culverhouse
Community Member
4 months ago

wow cold, did your mom throw the biscuit down her throat? would have been tempting.

Laura Cannon Gregory
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4 months ago

KARMA is a B, and she knows where you live!

JJM
Community Member
4 months ago

Karma!

Caprice Percle
Community Member
4 months ago

This should have been brought to the attention of the admins right then and there. She didn’t deserve to be a teacher. And Karma, once again, wins out!

Mitchell Martin
Community Member
4 months ago

Good riddance

Lilac Poet
Community Member
4 months ago

Choking on a biscuit? Doesn't sound the smartest to me.

Jules Caldwell
Community Member
4 months ago

Hallelujah, karma!

Paolina Mitova
Community Member
4 months ago

Good job, mom! I'd do the same!

AzKhaleesi
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4 months ago

karma

DjinN
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4 months ago

Yikes...talk about bad karma

Lynda Momalo
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4 months ago

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I'm thinking the mother was present at the teacher's death -- shoving the biscuit down her throat. The teacher sounds evil but the mother sounds seriously unbalanced and dangerous.

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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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