15 People Share Bad Things That Happened at Their High School Reunions

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I haven’t gone to any of my high school reunions, mostly because I moved away from my hometown and have always been far away when those parties have taken place…and I kind of didn’t really care, to be honest.

But a lot of people love to go to their reunions to catch up with old friends and to see what kind of DRAMA goes down. You know it’s gonna happen, no matter what!

Let’s see what happened at high school reunions in these stories from AskReddit users.

1. “I’m not a loser!”

“Five year reunion- one guy (always kind of a marginal figure in HS, but a nice person), after some sort of discussion, got his paycheck out and got loud saying “Now do you think I’m a loser?”

“Don’t believe how much I make? Check this out” Of course, he just made things worse, and everyone was laughing at him. I mean – he had his paycheck on him? Haven’t seen him since, BTW.”

2. Ohhhhh…that’s what happened.

“At my 10-year reunion, the organizers were doing the thing where they give “awards” for the person who came the farthest to attend, the person with the most kids, etc. The award came up for who had the oldest kid, and people started shouting out their kids’ ages.

When it quieted down, this shy girl near the front said in a normal voice, “11” and then we all realized why we had stopped seeing Heather right before graduation.”

3. The old days…

“During our reunion, a social group of “cool people” that I had cordial relations with during high school but was never part of all met up and were pretty happy about it. Until it somehow came out over alcohol that all of them had been basically having orgies together during high school… except one of them.

He had always seemed like a core member of the group from the outside, not unattractive or anything, but for some reason he was just never clued in to the fact that all his friends were fucking each other en masse for basically as long as they knew each other.

There was some very eye opening loud screaming.”

4. Still a dick.

“When I was in 7th grade, this rich snob bully, John, grabbed off my head a wool scarf my mother had knitted for me. He threw the scarf into a pile of muddy leaves and jumped up and down on it. When I went home that day my mother was furious when she saw the torn, muddy scarf.

She made me tell her who did it, then she called the school principal and yelled at him. The next day John got pulled into the principal’s office and paddled. That was back when they still paddled kids.

FIFTY-FIVE YEARS LATER, at our 50th class reunion, John came up to me and angrily said, “You got me into trouble in seventh grade!!!”

I got him in trouble?! And he’s still mad about it, 55 years later.

I said, “John you were a dick in high school and you’re still a dick,” and I walked away.”

5. Some people never change…

“It’s been a decade since i finished school. I see an old classmate sometimes when he does maintenance work in my apartment block. About a year ago he asked if I was going to the reunion organised by some of our classmates. I said no because i couldn’t think of anything worse and also hadn’t been invited. (Apparently they organised it over Facebook which i dont have.)

When i next saw him 6 months later I asked how the reunion was and he exasperatedly explained that it had been a real shit show. The mean girls had started planning it together, fell out and then started each planning their own. So there was about 4 shitty tiny awkward parties and everyone was confused.”

6. This is amazing.

“At my 10 year high school reunion, we had a decent turnout, maybe 100+ people. We were at a pretty nice hotel banquet hall.

There was one guy I had known all through high school, and he was a well known stoner. I’ll call him Chris for this story.

I see Chris walk in to the banquet hall, stop in his tracks, turn around in a very slow 360 degree circle, surveying the entire room. He just says, “Whoa…”, and he looks visibly alarmed.

He stops and his eyes settle on me. I say, “Hey, Chris! Long time no see, man!”. He kind of slides over to me and whispers in my ear, “This is really weird… I’m pretty sure I know every single person in this room.” And that is when I realize he is wearing the same clothes as all the banquet hall workers.


I walk him out to the front lobby, and explain it’s our 10 year high school reunion. He is mortified, beyond embarrassed. He was never contacted, and didn’t even realize it had been 10 years since we graduated. He justknew he was working another catering gig in a neverending series of catering gigs.

I make him take me to his manager. I explain what is happening and tell the manager there is NO WAY this guy is working his own high school reunion. Awesomely, the manager agrees. We find a different suit jacket and tie for him, and I take Chris back to the party. He ended up having a good night.”

7. Just act normal.

“It wasn’t really bad, just odd. A guy came with full Kiss-style make up on – white face, black shapes around his eyes and black lips.

We were too awkward and polite to mention it, so everyone just chatted with him as though it was completely normal to turn up like that.”

8. Settling old scores.

“At my twenty year reunion – two decades after high school – two guys got arrested for fist fighting on the sidewalk outside the bar we went to Friday night.

Why were they fighting? One of the guys slept with the other guys girlfriend in high school, and drunkenly brought up the twenty years ago fling. Neither if them married her, or even dated her after high school.

Those idiots got charges twenty years later for her, though.”

9. Brittany is here…

“I didn’t go to my 10 year but my entire friend group did and they all called me asking where i was.

While on the phone with one of them, he goes “oh shit, Brittany is here”.

Brittany was a train wreck in highschool and apparently hadn’t changed in 10 years. She proceeded to get trashed, get in a fight with a waitress and did meth in the bathroom. Police picked her up that night after she was found her passed out in the McDonald’s bathroom.”

10. Hammered.

“We’d been there less than an hour. Having a great time reconnecting. Suddenly an old friend approached and said, “Is that your wife over there? She’s pretty hammered” And as we watched, she tripped and fell face-first, full body crash onto a 12 top table where many of my old classmates were sitting.

The table broke, food and drinks flew everywhere, I walked over, scooped her up and half-carried/half-walked her out the door. She took xanax before going (unbeknownst to me) and was an alc*holic who started slamming drinks as soon as she got there. So… Good Times…”

11. OH MY GOD.

“We had a teacher in high school that told us “by the time you reach your 10-year reunion, at least one of your classmates will have died” during a discussion about mortality. Ten-year reunion arrives and nobody from our class has died.

Saturday night of the reunion we’re partying and having a good old time. One of the organizers gets up to the microphone and is making some announcements, she gets a blank look on her face and drops to the floor.

Brain aneurysm, she was dead before she hit the floor.”

12. Gang bangin’.

“The High School I went to had a really big gang problem. A great many people didn’t attend due to being in prison.

Some of those who were in gangs in high school had worked their way through the ranks…

One in particular was pretty high up, he decided to show up. It was generally peaceful, until somebody decided to stick him with a knife. Then all hell broke loose.

The dude that got shanked was a colossal ass to me through all of high school, and now he’s bleeding profusely from multiple stab wounds. Being an off duty medic, I did what I do, half expecting him to bleed out on the gym floor.

He didn’t remember me, there wasn’t that movie moment between us. I doubt he even recognized me, I just kept plugging holes and thinking I shouldn’t have worn my nice shoes.

Cops and EMS arrived, few people got arrested, he survived, I ended up tossing my favorite dress shoes and a really nice pair of pants because they were too bloodsoaked to rescue.”

13. Get it together.

“I had just had my baby a few months before and another girl had just had twins around the same time as me. She was super coked up and drunk and wouldn’t stop crying to me about how she was so jealous of how good of a mom I was to my daughter.

Sat her down and told her about suffering from depression and anxiety after having my daughter and that it’s okay to not have it all together.”

14. Cringe-worthy.

“At my 20 year, two guys showed up with rented “escorts”. One guy had been pretty popular and was pretty nice, if not a bit wild, in high school. The other guy was a hanger-on to the popular crowd whom I barely remember.

Both of them had really SIGNIFICANTLY let themselves go and looked like crap, yet they were strutting around with these girls that looked young enough to be their daughters. The girls seem disgusted by them but were obviously playing the part for which they would be paid.

The guys both proceeded to get drunk and brag about how successful they are and how they were fucking these girls. It was very cringe worthy.

It was held at a local small winery, so the venue was simple but nice. The rest of us had a good time, though, and laughed about the guys and their “friends”.”

15. Not a great night…

“Guy showed up with his two underage kids. He brought orange juice and vodka and all three “allegedly” got wasted.

He also tried fighting everyone after they drank it all. The Facebook page the class used to stay in contact was deleted the next day.”

Now I’m really glad I haven’t gone to any of my reunions…but maybe I’ll go to the next one just to see what kind of drama goes down.

Now it’s your turn!

In the comments, tell us the funny/weird/dramatic/awkward things that happened at your high school reunions!