10 People Share All the Small but Creative Ways Kids Rebel at School

Not all rebellions are big, and sometimes, when you’re a person who generally follows the rules but doesn’t like one particular rule (or, let’s be honest, rule-maker), small acts of resistance can be at least a little bit satisfying.

Kids, in particular, seem to have figured this out. They want to be good and make their parents proud at school and all of that, but it can be hard (or impossible) to mind your ps and qs all the time, right?

These 10 people are ready to relate their favorite stories of how kids very quietly, but effectively, stuck it to the man.

10. Everyone was unprepared.

“So I went to high school in South Texas, an area in which it almost never snows. For me, this doesn’t mean anything. I have lived in most of the north for my life so I know what it’s like to play in snow. However, somehow it ended up snowing overnight.

And by snowing, I mean like what snow looked like in the north-deep and not just thin and watery. These were immensely heavy flakes. We were all sure they would cancel school, because Texas does not have salt machines or snow plows and the roads were super slick. A lot of parents didn’t want their kids to go to school, because they didn’t feel comfortable with a bunch of new high school drivers on ice.

Yet alas they of course did not cancel school. A little rain knocks out our whole district, but a foot of snow and nothing. My mother made us take the bus because although she felt comfortable driving in snow being from Illinois, Texas drivers are more aggressive and the roads weren’t properly cleared. I took the bus and it was like being on a safari tour. Kids were taking pictures of the icicles on trees, all wide-eyed. It was funny.

Once we got to school, though, the campus looked like a war zone. No one would go inside and had instead resorted to snow ball fights on the entire campus and parking lots. Once the bell rang, of course no one went inside. I watched from the window as the vice principal went to the front of the school and commanded the kids inside, of course getting nailed in his bald head by snowballs.

He finally managed to round up the rogue kids, and we all went about first period. I had a relaxed teacher who knew no one would pay attention. Since half the class was missing anyway, she let us ‘act out the Civil War’ with snowballs and took us outside. While we were playing outside, we all paused as we heard the fire alarm went off.

The school came pouring out for the next two periods.

Dude that pulled the fire alarm is a legend and lives on at our school till this day. He did in fact get arrested, along with another kid that thought itd be smart to throw ice at a cop.

That was the one time I saw the high school completely not have a handle on anyone.”

9. That’s one way to become a legend.

“In high school during the student body president election my friend started a campaign that was kind of a meme at the time.

It was a poster featuring a green faceless figure in a suit that said ‘Vote for nobody’. Nobody tells the truth, nobody will fight for you, nobody cares’ with ‘nobody’ being personified as this faceless figure. We put up posters for it with all the others, and even started a Facebook page for jokes.

My buddy even had a green full body morph suit, and planned on running on stage during the other speeches and dancing around. Eventually the admins got word what he wanted to do, and called him in. They told him if he so much as even went to the assembly in costume or not, he would be suspended.

So he didn’t go to the assembly, and all the posters were taken down. Instead he just showed up to school in the suit, and just walked around waving at people.

He was suspended anyway and went down as a legend for it.”

8. Preparation is key.

“A buddy of mine was caught messing with his phone during class. Back then, the school rules were if you were caught, your phone was confiscated for an entire day, and you couldn’t get it back until the next day. So, buddy hands in his phone, but doesn’t seem too worried about it.

He waits a couple of classes until lunch break, and asks me to come with him. He’s gonna get his phone back.

We go to the staff room (where the confiscated phones were held), and asks a teacher there if he could copy down a phone number into my phone, so he could call his dad later that day. Teacher agrees, and gives him the phone. I hand him mine, and we wait for him to copy the number. When he’s done, he gives me mine back, and sticks his own phone in his pocket.

He was known as a bit of a joker, so when he jokingly said, ‘Well, thanks a lot, see ya!’

The teacher immediately laughs, tells him to stop messing about, and to give the phone back. Laughing and joking about ‘being caught,’ he does. But not really. See, he had a second phone, exact same model, except this one was broken.

Wouldn’t charge anymore, he said. So, when he stuck his ‘good’ phone in his pocket, it was right next to the broken one. When the teacher made him give back the phone, he just gave back the broken one. It was the best switcheroo I have ever seen in my time at that school.

He was so fluent, so nonchalant about the whole thing.

It was amazing to see.”

7. It was a mass uprising.

“When I was in seventh grade, our last class of the day would always bring in snacks. Our lunch shift was way too early in the day, so by the end of the school day we’d all be feeling hungry. And we were all told by our teacher if we didn’t have enough to share, we couldn’t eat in the classroom.

One day, almost all of us brought in enough food to share, even with the students that didn’t bring anything in.

We even synchronised the times that we pulled all our food out. Our teacher was clueless. She had no idea what to tell us. There wasn’t any school-wide ‘no food in classrooms’ rule, so she couldn’t run to the principal.

Finally she gave into our malicious compliance, and allowed us to share food for the rest of the period.”

6. Don’t mess with a dude’s style.

“I was at a private school that had rules about the length of boys hair.

One guy in particular always ignored the rule, and the administration would tell him to get a haircut every so often, but he never did.

Eventually when his hair got about down to his shoulders, the principal pulled him aside and told him his hair was twice the allowed length and by next week it needed to be shortened by half.

Monday rolls around, and he comes in with half his head shaved, and the other side as long as ever.

We were impressed by literal interpretation of the principal’s request, but it still ended up with him getting a suspension for a week and he had to shave the other side before he could come back.”<

5. Maturity wasn’t his strong suit.

“This was prior to smartphones circa 2002.
One of my classmates was a regular class clown. He would buy brownies in the cafeteria and roll them up in his hand so they looked like a convincing piece of poo. He would then do all sorts of antics with this poo. Put it on seats throw it at people what have you.

Obviously the school staff caught on and he got in trouble. This guy didn’t go quietly though. He was required to sit alone at lunch for the entire school year.

There were months left before summer. The one teacher who made sure his punishment was severe made regular rounds of the lunchroom to maintain order.She would pass his lone seat during her rounds. One day he made another very convincing pastry sourced poo, and had it ready for her when she passed. The entire lunchroom was watching out of the corner of their eyes while maintaining an alibi conversation with the people close to them.

When she passed he stood up and snuck behind her and slipped the pastry poo in her purse that she was carrying on her shoulder and he quickly ran back to his seat.

The lunchroom burst into laughter and the teacher had no idea why. Until later of course.

The dude was an artist at rebellion.”

4. Chocolate is for favorites, only.

“I was in a Christian high school at the time. The day before winter break rolls around, and I had packed a few Toblerone chocolate bars and some notes for the teachers I most appreciated. I had the intention of leaving them as a Christmas gift.

Before school, the principal made a public announcement students were not to give any teachers any gifts unless we were going to give all teachers the same gift.

This was obviously a bit of a problem since I couldn’t exactly come back the next day with additional candy bars, so I marched into her office to address this issue.

Upon entering the office, I made a show of opening a chocolate bar and breaking off exactly one piece and placing it on her desk.

I told her I was going to give her a full candy bar, but I now had to share her chocolate bar with other teachers that I didn’t really care so much about anyways.

That rule was quietly lifted.”

3. This would so not fly today.

“During my senior year of high school (2008) my school got SUPER strict about cell phones.

It got to the point where we weren’t allowed to have them out during any point in the day. Not even during our lunch period. They claimed that we would send each other tests answers or something like that.

Anyway, a friend of mine who was a year below me was tired of the rule, and how rude teachers were when enforcing it. He literally looked at his phone to check the time and got it taken from him for the rest of the day. That next week he comes to lunch with two older/non functioning flip phones. He takes the first out, and pretends that he’s talking to someone on it.

A teacher was instantly on him. They walk over and hold their hand out for him to give it up. He looks at the teacher and then proceeds to break the flip phone in half and puts it in their hand.The teacher was speechless. She just walked away without saying anything. He takes the second phone out and does the same thing again.The second teacher thought it was pretty funny.

Flash forward to 2015 and I start working at the school as a student mentor. And now everyone is allowed to have their phones out pretty much at any time.

How things change.”

2. What to do with the Coke machines?

“We had vending machines outside the buildings. Some guy vandalized them, which understandably made the school board mad.

The machines were put off-limits, but could not be powered down due to some kind of contractual obligation of constant availability. In an effort to combat that, faculty were posted at the machines during class changes to prevent purchases. But, thankfully, no one was posted at the machines during class time (mind you this is ’97-’99 era).

We weren’t happy, as that was our sole source of caffeine on campus. We decided to heck with that and made purchases during class. Me, being the lithe, tiny guy I was, was conscripted to be the buyer.

While the teacher was either out of the room or indisposed (or lets be honest, intentionally distracted). I would collect cash and requests, 4 at a time, and hop out the ’emergency escape window’.I would then walk 20′ to the soda machine, and make my purchase.

This went on for some time, until the drink companies lambasted the school board for not restocking their dwindling supplies, (allegedly as per contract.) They put two and two together and realized that purchases were still being made (apparently I was not the only gopher) and lifted the ban on my last year.”

1. A way to game the system.

“When I was in high school, there was a rule implemented that if you showed up late to school, you had to go to the front office to get a detention slip.

You would then have to give it to the teacher for that period, who would then mark it down, and you were required to go to lunch detention for that day.I figured out by the third slip literally no one cared: teachers, security, or students.

So when I was subsequently late for the rest of the year, I would take out an old slip that I had from a previous detention, walk through school, give it to my teacher to mark down, then take it back to ‘give to the lunch detention supervisor.’ But I never went to detention because the front office didn’t have record of me being late. I was late no less than 50 times my senior year, only having been reprimanded the initial three times.

I even told my parents about it after I had graduated and even they agreed it was dumb and funny.”

I want to give all of these kids a high five – they’re basically ready to enter the workforce, now!

Do you have a story about catching your kid at something like this? Did you call them out, but secretly smile about it when they weren’t looking?

Tell us about it in the comments!