Man, kids can be absolutely brutal. When they’re not tormenting their parents or other kids, you can bet they have their sights set on their teachers.
In this AskReddit thread, people reveal the worst things they ever saw kids do to educators in the classroom.
1. The substitute
“We had a substitute teacher at my elementary school. Very congenial guy, pretty intelligent, could substitute for a homeroom teacher or the art teacher and make the class BETTER than our normal teachers. Details can be blurry after almost 30 years, but I can still remember how well he could draw.
Unfortunately, he also had some sort of motor disorder… I wouldn’t be qualified to tell you what it was, but it worked quick. Goes without saying, kids being as cruel as they are, he quickly earned the nickname of Mr. Retardo from my trashy-a** classmates. Maybe I did it once or twice… I don’t think I did, I liked him a lot, but I did some mean things from time to time too. Didn’t seem to phase him- he still came to work and gave everything he had to us. They would make fun of the way he said “Goood morning…. claaaaaass…” because of the way he slurred his words.
I think I remember hearing that the last time he substituted, he had to leave because he lost control of his bladder and pissed himself. I don’t want to think about how mean the kids were that day.
When I was in 4th grade, my last year at this particular school, I remember being at an intramural basketball game and seeing an older woman sit down on the bleachers leading a grown man who was clearly disabled and shuffling like a toddler. It was him. He was unshaved, disheveled, and just staring at the floor ahead of him. My friend Matt (maybe the nicest kid I ever knew, he’s a minister now and I trust that he is a very good one,) suggested that we go say hi to him. We went over at halftime (with our coach’s permission) and tried to start a conversation with him. The woman (I assume she was his mother) told us that he probably wouldn’t talk, but that he was glad to see us. Whatever disorder he was suffering from had taken over. Matt said something about missing his drawing, and the woman started crying.
I don’t know how eternity works, like if there’s a heaven or reincarnation or anything like that, but I hope that man is free of his suffering. He dedicated his last able years to helping children, and I think he’s earned that.”
2. Throw away the key
“I remember that a colleague of mine had a class, in it was one kid who had already gotten himself in trouble: stealing, police at his house, you name it.
This kid got a hold of her number, called it (not anonymously, stupid for him) and her 5-year old daughter answered. He started saying how he would kill her and het mother, throw her off the stairs, etc. Kid got arrested, expelled and is, as I hear it, doing time for this and a robbery that happened shortly after.”
3. Wow that’s a new one
“We had this teacher for Latin & Greek. She’s nice, but she can be a bit boring sometimes. She always wears her hair in a really long braid, like, it goes to the bottom of her back. Some girl cut off the braid some years ago and was of course expelled.”
4. Little sh*ts
“A few of us planned a Secret Santa for our class. We invited our teacher to be a part of it too. Being the “mom” of the department, she was very excited.
On the day of the exchange, a friend of mine noticed a gift deliberately kept at the bottom of the stairs. It was anonymously addressed to the teacher. She picked it up and passed it on the teacher.
Later the teacher called her, asking who the gift was from. According to her it wasn’t very “Christmassy.” It was a book called “How to be a Good Teacher.”
She might not have been the best teacher, but that was just mean. The person who did it showed no remorse. Her friends just laughed with her. In fact when she’d first drawn the teacher’s name, she’d immediately thought of this book. When the teacher found out later, she was in denial, because this one had always been a “good girl.” She blamed another student who’d always given her trouble.
Basically it was a crap show all around and we learned never to do anything nice for our class again.”
5. A sad tale
“Not my story but happened to my dad’s teacher.
When my dad was in middle school he had a teacher who survived a nazi concentration camp, who I guess due to malnourishment lost his balance-ability (terminology?) and had to either walk super close to a wall so as not to fall.
The kids in the school used to mock him a lot since it looked silly, that is until the teacher broke down and told the class about why he walked like he did.
Maybe not the worst of stories compared, but crappy behaviors nonetheless.”
6. A fountain of tears
“Had this teacher who we all hated but loved in hindsight bc she put up with our crap and we had her for like 2 years in a row. Anywho, one week she had some surgery on her ears and she told us she couldn’t hear very well at all. So we test the waters and she seriously couldn’t hear us if we were loudly whispering.
We start playing the penis game and one kid starts yelling it and other curse words. We tell him to stop and he goes “What?? Dumb boob can’t hear any way.” Then the teacher goes “I’ve heard everything you guys have said for the past 20 minutes” but in that really choked up tone like she was fighting back a fountain of tears.”
“Idk if a video is floating around of this still. It was a huge deal in my local town. There was this high school that was known for how bad its students were. Drugs, gang fights,etc. Anyways in the videos, theres this substitute teacher trying to calm down this unruly class. The class is ignoring him and mocking him. Suddenly, these teenage girls get on top of their desk and start dancing nasty and super sexual. One goes to the teacher and starts trying to twerk on him. The teacher backs away but the girl keeps going after him. It all ended up on the news, idk what happen to the sub, but I believe the girls got suspended.”
8. No one cares
“A teacher our high school was known for crying and his son was in his class 4th period. Every period that day he told a story about how he caught a fish over the weekend. As he’s telling the story to the 4th period class his son stands up an yells “NOBODY CARES ABOUT YOUR STUPID FISH STORY” and stomps out of the room. His dad just puts his head down and cries for 5 min.”
9. Awful kids
“Female teacher had a number of miscarriage(s).
Student body nicknamed her Ms. Carriage.
I was present when a kid called her this name in a “f**k you sort” of way. You could see her heart break right then and there. She ran out of the room crying uncontrollably.
Even sadder, she fell a few years later while on school property, hit the back of her head and died.
God bless you Ms. Wendel.”
10. Don’t tell me what to do!
“In Year 7 (age 11), my music teacher, think his name was Mr Rayner or something.
There was a girl in my class who didn’t like being told what to do at all, she really was a tearaway, always had been since she was younger, she got pissed off because he sent her out of the room for being rude, so she climbed up on the piano and stamped on it, spat all over the keyboards, took the teachers glasses from his face and stamped on them and pulled his tie really tight around his neck before spitting in his face.
She was moved to another school and the teacher just disappeared, we never saw him again. Maybe not that bad in comparison to others, but I still feel sorry for that guy 14 years later.”