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

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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...

Kaisu
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4 months ago

Me too, I always write the 7 with a horizontal line because that's how I learned it

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Perfumista Perfumista
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4 months ago

put lines across my 7s for over 40 years. Had to stop in my current job because the woman in verification insisted they looked like 9s. They did not look like 9s.

Rosie Hamilton
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4 months ago

Was she a teacher in a previous job?

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Carol Emory
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4 months ago

I was so good at math as a child, I'd take tests and be able to figure out the answer without having to write it out. I'd get marked wrong constantly. I's ask why..they'd say because I didn't show how I reached my answer. I said, "but is the answer incorrect?" Especially when they never asked to see my work. They finally started putting "show your work" as part of the requirements for the exam on the paper. It wasn't until I was in High School that one teacher says "Always show your work because, if you do get the answer wrong, we might be able to see where you went wrong in your math..and you can still get partial credit for it instead of none at all." Now that statement made sense.

Demi Zwaan
Community Member
4 months ago

That's how I always write a seven. That's... how you write a seven. I've never seen anyone do anything else. It's just in (type) fonts that it's often omitted.

Rosie Hamilton
Community Member
4 months ago

In the UK we tend to write the 7 without the horizontal bar though some friends of mine went through a phase of doing it the 'foreign way' (their words) just because it was different. No-one was marked down for it as far as I'm aware.

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Lilac Poet
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4 months ago

Teachers can be like this. I do it in my workbooks but whenever I have an exam, I don't do a line because some teachers hate it and it is ALWAYS the injust ones.

DrBronxx
Community Member
4 months ago

That's ridiculous. I find that writing it with the horizontal line is much better and much clearer. Not everyone has the best handwriting, and if you're not careful, a 7 can look very much like a random line.

Ben Smith
Community Member
4 months ago

I mean...was the answer 6 tho?

BeckyC
Community Member
4 months ago

Ignorant 'educator'

CincyReds
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4 months ago

Damn what a hag

Nic Cooper
Community Member
4 months ago

There is an old film from during WWII where nazis pretended to be English soldiers in a small village, but one of the things that gave them away was when they wrote their 7's with a slash through them. It was something the Germans did but not the British

Alexis D.
Community Member
4 months ago

I had a teacher who would mark "8" wrong if you wrote it as two "o"s on top of one another, even if the answer was 8, in 4th grade. I still remember that BS

Bender Bending Rodríguez
Community Member
4 months ago

I grew up abroad. In the USA I was told my 7 looked like a 1 because it had a horizontal line on the stem in the middle. Not only that but I was also advised not to write 7 with the horizontal line on the stem since "That's not how you write 7".

Kateryna
Community Member
4 months ago

When I was in 6th grade I wrote "9" similar to a "g" because it was the way I learned it in elementary school. The teacher kept marking it wrong till my "9"s started looking like "q". Can`t go back to "g" now though I liked it better.

Colleen Marie
Community Member
4 months ago

Yep - I make my "r's" different - same thing. Don't you DARE step outside that box! Just made me more adamant.

Hans
Community Member
4 months ago

All of these are but symbols. Especially a math teacher should understand that!

David Lippman
Community Member
4 months ago

Tell him/her/it to go to France.

mickey
Community Member
4 months ago

I write the seven like that too, how is it wrong though?

eimipet
Community Member
4 months ago

I actually got the opposite... my 3rd grade teacher wrote her 7 with the horizontal line and when I wrote a 7 like 7 then I got a 46 out of 100 because we were doing the 7 times table. I’m still mad!!

Jane Dorothy Warner
Community Member
4 months ago

Madness.

Celtic Pirate Queen
Community Member
4 months ago

The US is just about the only country that DOESN'T cross the 7 to distinguish it from a 1!

kk
Community Member
4 months ago (edited)

A seven is a seven as long as you can tell it's a seven there should be no problem

D. Pitbull
Community Member
4 months ago

Yup. I used to get penalized, ridiculed, called out loud in class because... not only did I cross my 7s (still do), but I also put the slash in 0's... because when writing something alphanumeric................"this is obviously illegible. What is this. Who writes like this? NOBODY". I WISH there was a karmic retribution follow up to that...

Valentina Vitale
Community Member
4 months ago

I did the same in first grade and the teacher gave me guff

Steve Cruz
Community Member
4 months ago

I saw the same with zero that had a diagonal slash through it, to differentiate it from a capital "O" from the alphabet.

Kristina Funkycrew
Community Member
4 months ago

We learned in school, it's not wrong at all!

Lisa Beatty
Community Member
4 months ago

I always put a horizontal line in the 7s and a diagonal in the 0s so I know what they are

Gayle Chandler
Community Member
4 months ago

Nuns in high school wrote their 7s with the line through. I’ve done it ever since. That was over 50 years ago.

Katinka Min
Community Member
4 months ago

This is how half the world draws their 7.

Iapetos
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4 months ago

Dumb teacher can't read 7 right.

byeoljari Lyra
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4 months ago

My mom would be furious about it.

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If you're in America, writing 7 that way is absolutely wrong!

Rj
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4 months ago

I'm from America. I do it. It looks better to me. At least half of my school does it. Most of my teachers did it. My mom does it. So does my dad. Maybe you don't. That's you. Not all of America. You write your 7s your way, let us write them our way.

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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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