15 People Share Their Most Cringeworthy Memories from High School


High school is a strange time. You’re trying to figure out exactly who you are, but you don’t really have the freedom to do it.

On top of that, you’re raging with hormones and so are all of your peers.

Ahhhh, memories. No doubt you’ve got a few. Maybe some of these cringeworthy stories from people on AskReddit will resonate with you.

1. Nice work

“Completely dead silent class. I ripped a loud fart. I tried to play it off by saying that my mouth made the noise. Tried to emulate the actual fart with pretend farts for about 30 seconds. After each pretend fart, I’d say, “No that wasn’t it, let me try again.” All while sweating nervously and shaking. Ayyy freshman year of high school killed me.”

2. Cover up

“I live in a hot tropical country. But I was fat, so I tried covering it up by wearing a XXL DC hoodie everywhere I went, even under the hot sun. People would ask me why I wore a jacket, I’d say I felt cold even though I was sweating visibly.

Everybody knew why, I know that now.”

3. Drool

“Back when sour candies were all the rage, me and my friends would see who could hold the most in their mouth for the longest time. As someone who likes a challenge, I ended up shoveling a handful of those super sour “toxic waste” candies into mouth.

Unfortunately, what I failed to realize is that sour stuff causes a lot of saliva production. So when my crush entered the cafeteria and made eye contact with me, I smiled, and multicolored drool literally flooded out of my mouth and slathered itself all over my t-shirt. She said “ew” and walked away.

I died a little inside that day.”

4. Choir hell

“I was in choir all four years of high school. We had a pretty crappy choir teacher, and most people only joined for the easy credit, but I joined because I wanted to sing! I had 100% enthusiasm and 0% talent.

One rule our teacher repeated a lot was that we needed to be louder, and let me tell you, I took that to heart. I understand now that he was so adamant on this point not because it was the number one rule for singing well, but because all the students who were only there for the easy credit mumbled their way through our crappy little performances.

This led to all of our performances following the same pattern: 17 or so students mumbling, 3 or 4 actually good singers, and me YELLING. You would think I would learn after the first few performances. You would think our teacher would tell me to quiet down. Or that any classmate who had to sit through those horrible assemblies would give me the heads up.

But no. That’s how I spent all four years in choir, never gaining any skill while I yelled every song. It only finally clicked that I wasn’t good when every time I asked a friend how I was, they could only reply with, “Well… I could hear you more than anyone!”

5. Soul-crushing

“Surprisingly I didn’t have many, but one from freshman year sticks out. I was really good friends with this kid Andy. We had sort of a friend group but he and I were particularly close. Everyone used to ask all the time if we were a couple. I really liked Andy but he wanted to just be friends. Cool, no problem.

So it comes time for the Homecoming dance and I had talked to most people in my friend group about asking Andy. Everyone agreed it’d be fine because we’re super close and he would obviously say yes. So after school one day I go meet this friend group where we normally met. At this point, I had truly, madly, deeply convinced myself that Andy would definitely say yes.

So I ask him in front of all of our friends if he wants to go with me. Andy just kinda shrugs and goes, “Nah.” So I’m like, “Oh, aren’t you going?” He confirms he’s going. So I ask him if he is already going with someone. Nope. So finally I go, “Do you just not want to go with me?” And he’s like, “Yeah, pretty much.”

That one still crushes the soul a bit.”

6. I’m a little early

“Went to a party 5 hours early, oblivious. A girl is inviting everyone to a party Friday night. I live out of town a bit and not entirely sure if I can get back in for the party so I just hang around after school. A buddy tells me he’s going early because he plays sports with the girls brother so I should just come early to hang out. For some reason I think early is like in an hour from that point. So I head over about 5 pm to meet up. I knock. I hear come in. So I head in. I see the girl and her brother inside and I say ‘buddy said he’s coming early and said I should come over.’ They are like ‘okay dude come in and sit down if you really want to.’ I do.

They are setting the table for dinner. With their parents. Going to have a nice family dinner and then clean up for the party. They ask me to join them. I say yes because at this point I’m totally I’m over my head. I eat with them, help with dishes, watch a little tv, soon they are all good to go, the parents head out and the night goes forward like nothing weird happened. Next Monday I’m butt of many many jokes but people forgot about soon enough.”

7. Boooooooo!

“The most cringeworthy thing I ever saw was my Vice Principal told a joke in front of the entire school during a meeting we were all forced to attend. The joke got crickets. Then Boos. Think that’s the end? Nah, this girl gets up in front of the entire school and stands up for the Vice Principal and tells us all to be respectful. She wasn’t staff, she was just a student. She then got boo’d as well. I felt so bad for both of them.”

8. Here’s my number…forever

“Worked up the courage to ask a boy out. He reluctantly said sure. I then asked if he’d want my number so he could call me sometime. He again reluctantly said sure. I then proceeded to painfully carve my number into the back of his hand to the point of almost drawing blood because I was too embarrassed to ask for his pen because mine wasn’t working.”

9. Just an accident

“I was eating an awesome sandwich. It was too filling tho. So I tossed it at the trash when I was done, but some random girl who probably has a very heated memory of this walked by and got sub smacked. I awkwardly laughed because it was unexpected. She probably thinks I did it on purpose.”

10. Who are you?

“Freshmen year, had a crush on this really pretty blonde girl in my algebra class. After weeks of thinking how to talk to her and asking my parents, they convinced me to just ask for her phone number. So one day after algebra is over, I was waiting for everyone to leave.

She was standing there with 2-3 friends and I decided today had to be the day. I walked up, asked for her phone number. “I don’t even know your name.” I said “OK” and walked away. I will never forget this. Can I go back in time and kick myself in the balls? Maybe I’m lucky that’s the worst that happened.”

11. More farting

“Our entire class got in trouble, and we had to do a worksheet in complete silence for about 1.5 hours. One student made a noise and was sent out of class, so teach wasn’t messing around.

My friend and I ate multiple burritos at lunch about 30 mins prior and it was settling in. In complete silence with a pissed teacher staring at everyone, my friend ripped the longest fart I’ve ever heard. It lasted about 4-5 seconds, and it was loud as all hell. No one said a word.

A few minutes later, it hit me and I ripped a few short farts, but even louder in sound. Again, no one said a word. Complete silence after both farts. After class I laughed until I cried. Funniest day ever. No one was even impressed.”


“When I was 14 I had a crush on this girl. Her younger sister told me she had a crush on me back (which was false). So me being the incredible naive kid I was, decided to ask her out. Only I did it from my mom’s phone, by asking my youth pastor to ask her for me. To no one’s shock (and my complete embarrassment) she said no. What followed was easily the most awkward few weeks of my life at school.”

13. Bad advice from mom

“I was constantly bullied in middle school. This one girl in particular has me marked as her go-to target. When I came home with a bruise on my arm, my mom asked what happened and I told her about the girl that beat me up. She replies with “Oh! I know that girl’s mama, and her mama had her when she was 15! You need to go to school and put her in her place! You can tell her that and she will back off!”

So, the next day, I went to school and when that girl started her shit with me, I repsonded with “Well, at least my mom didn’t have me when she was only 15!” I then got beat to a pulp and shoved into a locker. I was so pissed at my mom after that!”

14. Dumbass

“Oh. I got one.

So, freshman year I was going through some shit. Pissed all the time, behind on my homework, and had some girl issues. So, typical angsty teenage bs. I was always pretty straight edge though. I didn’t drink, smoke or used weed. But I was having a really shitty day that day.

Anyways, a girl brought some brownies to school and tl;Dr I was told they were special brownies. So, hoping to take my mind off of life and shit for a while I ate a few. Not one. I ate several.

What followed was me going on a goofy rampage throughout the school. I was sliding down the stairs singing a pirates life for me. Tripping over my feet. Laughing uncontrollably at stupid jokes. It was ridiculous. I even made friends with a girl that hated my guts. It’s been nearly a decade and I’m still friends with her because of that day.

Now, one of my friends found me and knew something was wrong. I was the angsty kid that always dressed in black, rarely smiled and was just an overall pain in the ass so he knew that if I was doing all of this shit then something must be up. So I told him what happened and he dragged me to the cafeteria and confronted the girl about giving me that stuff.

She told him that there was nothing in them. She had been kidding and my dumbass had taken her seriously. I had done all of that with nothing on my system aside from sugar. I wasn’t high. I was just a dumbass.”

15. Uh oh

“This is more embarassing than cringey. Back in junior year I had a real bad UTI and went to school expecting to be fine. I didn’t use the restroom for a couple hours because I knew it was just gonna be a waste. 7th period comes (last class of the day) and I have an extreme urge to pee. I tell my teacher and run to the bathroom as fast as possible. Got into the stall, stall wouldn’t lock had to go to another one but I was 1 second too late. I started just straight peeing my pants and it got on the floor and there was people in the stalls next to me who probablly saw.

I awkwardly walked to the nurses office and explained what happened and asked if she could have someone from my class bring my bag to me. But the teacher had to be in a different room that day so she couldn’t answer the phone. Had to embarssingly walk into class with my pants obviously soaked and then to make it worse my teacher tried stopping me and talking to me while some guy right in front of us is just staring at my clearly soaked pee pants.”