Humanity has progressed quite a lot when it comes to human rights, respect, tolerance, and the like, but there is still a ways to go as inequality and discrimination is still a thing—quite a big one, actually. And the internet has become a bit of a platform for people to share such experiences.

Shira (@shirainspired) recently went to Twitter to ask people what was the most unnecessarily ableist thing a teacher ever did to them. For those unaware, ableism means discrimination and social prejudice against a person with a disability. This is usually based on the belief that typical abilities are superior.

Image credits: shiraisinspired

A good number of people responded to her, sharing some of the most heartbreaking experiences they ever had in school.Bored Panda has compiled a list of some of these responses, which you can find, vote and comment on below.

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Busy_D
Community Member
3 months ago

As someone who had an asthma attack and could barely run the small distance to my room before almost passing out, i gotta say this is stupid

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Busy_D
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3 months ago

WHY!? SHE SHOULD HAVE BEEN REPORTED!!!

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Billy The Kid
Community Member
3 months ago

Teachers should be encouraging this. If i have a student that is a fast learner and well ahead of the others i will ask him/her to help those that are behind. This helps me out and it gives the student a sense of pride that he/she is doing something good.

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Piper McLean
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3 months ago

I would report that if it was me ( then I would probably chicken out tho)

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Billy The Kid
Community Member
3 months ago

You should of had a word with her after class and tell her how degrading it was her acting like that.

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Piper McLean
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3 months ago

What a rude teacher

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Tenley Samson
Community Member
3 months ago

*smacks lips* Well SHUCKS

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Busy_D
Community Member
3 months ago

That's disgusting.

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Janelle Madison
Community Member
3 months ago

I hope you have understanding teachers now

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Piper McLean
Community Member
3 months ago

This teacher should be fired

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Busy_D
Community Member
3 months ago

My teacher yells at me for doing this too. She actually told me it was "Her time" and everyone should only be focusing on her even though she was just barely talking about random stuff to a different student.

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Busy_D
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3 months ago

The same thing happened to me last year. (History)

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Busy_D
Community Member
3 months ago

This happens more often than you think, sadly.

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Billy The Kid
Community Member
3 months ago

Disgusting

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Just a small town girl.
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3 months ago

Oh my goodness! Yay! Not the only one!

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Carys Dotzler
Community Member
3 months ago

That's horrible

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ScarlettofHydraIsland
Community Member
3 months ago

That’s horrid. But if they trigger your gag reflex, take revenge and throw up on her.

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Brian in BC
Community Member
3 months ago

When educators refuse to learn how to help, where can you go?

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Piper McLean
Community Member
3 months ago

Doodling helps me focus too

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Xylle Flora
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3 months ago

That teacher needs some serious help

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Busy_D
Community Member
3 months ago

There is no right way to do art. And this teacher did nothing but stunt creativity and shame kids.

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Busy_D
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3 months ago

She need to be fired.

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𝐁-𝐫𝐞𝐱
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3 months ago

'Get your ears checked' wow so creative! Well done! (Sarcasm)

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Hotrobot
Community Member
3 months ago

I feel this post so much. I was diagnosed then it was ignored, my mother years later still denied me ever being diagnosed.

Ian Koch
Community Member
3 months ago

your mother is a b-tch. (at least she seems like she is.)

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Silre
Community Member
3 months ago

I never knew I had Dyscalculia until I was in my 20s and one of my psychology professors brought it up and I was like "?????!!!!!!!"

Amber odom
Community Member
3 months ago (edited)

I have dysgraphia, it was explained to my folks that I just needed to try harder. I only found out this was a thing when a friend was talking about his, also in my 20s

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NWB
Community Member
3 months ago

I feel you...that and dyslexia is bloody tough!

JessG
Community Member
3 months ago

Disregard my comment, lol Same thing

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Khrystja
Community Member
3 months ago

I self diagnosed after I, out of curiosity, searched "is there a name for not able to do math" Dyscalculia popped up and I a 49 year old woman burst into tears!! I spent my entire life thinking I was so stupid in math. I simply can't see numbers in my head. I can't work out math in my head. I was in school in the 70s and 80s and back then there was no name for it other than stupid and lazy. I also found out through proper diagnosis (also at 49) that I have autism and ADHD (as well as bipolar and BPD quiet) Expaslined where my son got it from as well as all the quirky things I've done my ENTIRE life that I was mocked, bullied, put down (mostly by my family no less) by people from work, my church, or just strangers in general.

Robert Thomas
Community Member
3 months ago

as a 7th grader with adhd and dyscalculia if feel really bad for you also i hate maths

Nubis Knight
Community Member
3 months ago

I may have missunderstood, but shouldn't your parents have you tested? I'm a teacher and not sllowed to send students to get tested, the parents must decide and do this.

Skadi Lifdis
Community Member
3 months ago

At least they knew. I was diagnosed when I was in my 20's after my college math teacher realized something was wrong. I was told by everyone I just "wasn't paying attention" or "applying" myself. Their reasoning stemmed from my extremely high test scores in the language part of the tests...but conversely didn't look at my dead last math scores every stupid year and figure out I had a problem. Nope. I was just "being difficult". The kicker - when I told my mom about the test (I scored 8 out of 10 on the scale they used) she STILL questioned it and then immediately started suggesting my younger sister (who, by all accounts doesn't struggle with numbers and is training in a career that relies on number accuracy) had it. I STILL struggle with numbers down to even saying the proper number when reading it out loud and switching them.

Lorelai Purvis
Community Member
3 months ago

my mom has dyscalculia.

PrincessTheSiameseKat
Community Member
3 months ago

I have dyscalculia, ADHD, ADD, APD and OCD I struggled badly in school

Brian in BC
Community Member
3 months ago

Wow, such an injustice - did that teacher even know what was happening to the student? Probably not - retrain the bitch or fire her!

Janine Hunt-Jackson
Community Member
3 months ago

catpackplus, I'm too old to have been diagnosed as having dyscalculia because back then you were just stupid or lazy. I've never been able to balance a checkbook and often have to count on my fingers. I transpose numbers, even with a calculator. It's really frustrating, as I'm sure you know!

CharliAnn Olney
Community Member
3 months ago

I feel you! I come from a family of math geniuses. I wasn't diagnosed with dyscalcilia until first year of college!

Chik Nuggs
Community Member
3 months ago

me too i hated my math teacher who would yell at me until 7th grade when i was tested and also don't know my left from my right well

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Just a small town girl.
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3 months ago

Wow! I didn't know that you could be paddled for that!

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Just a small town girl.
Community Member
3 months ago

People think that we can control our ADHD but we really can't help it!

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Amanita muscaria
Community Member
3 months ago

That's just dumb! You are a amazing artist if you are careful and you draw neatly! Teachers should be proud if their students are so neat and draw like that!

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angie but who cares
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3 months ago

same with my teacher

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Gold roses
Community Member
3 months ago

Well she helped 🙃

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Piper McLean
Community Member
3 months ago

Just because someone seems lazy doesn’t mean that there isn’t something else going on. It’s hard not to think somethings like this but that’s still no reason to publicly shame someone

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