Think twice next time you have to call a student's parents out after a kid's bad behavior, because adults can be more even more annoying than their children. In case you need proof, here are some good anecdotes from teachers. Which one do you find the most irritating?
- 180 VOTES
Fight Club Much?
From Redditor u/Swedette17:
I had a student many years ago, call him M. He was a sweetheart in the classroom, never answered back, did as he was told, engaged and interesting. But outside of class, he wasn't allowed to be around other students, escorted class to class, because he would start a fight EVERY time, and I mean that. I could not wrap my head around it, until Parents Evening. His dad was a hulk of a man, mother was sadly deceased... He kept his hand on the back of M's neck, leading him around like that. M looked like he was going to his own execution. Was told later that authorities were involved, but M lashes out all the time because it was the only time he felt he had some control. Would never talk back to an adult because he was just sh*t scared of us all. He didn't make it the year before he disappeared, but I still think about him.F for parenting?
- 267 VOTES
A Series of Unfortunate Events
From Redditor u/homerbartbob:
Let’s call this student Amy. Kinda quiet. Kind of quirky. Enter: Mom.
1. Hit a teacher with her car. The youngest daughter darted out in front of the car to get on the other side (against protocol). Supervising teacher literally jumps into action and puts a hand out yelling, “Stop!” Car hits hand. The driver drives away. A hospital visit was required and the police called.
2. The parent signs up to read to the class. She chooses a book called That’s Disgusting. Pretty run-of-the-mill call-and-answer stuff. Pick your nose? THAT'S DISGUSTING! Forget to wash your hands? THAT'S DISGUSTING? Until she got to... put your finger in the cats behind? THAT'S... pardon? That’s not a thing. Please stop introducing the idea to these 8-year-olds that putting your finger in [a] cat's behind is a thing.
3. Amy’s mom wants to check in on Amy, so she peeks through the hallway window during class. A student raises his hand. Amy’s mom is staring at us. I turn to look. Mom ducks. I walk to the hallway door and open it. Mom remains ducked. We have a two-minute conversation with Mom ducked on the ground of when it is appropriate for parents to be on campus.F for parenting?
- 388 VOTES
Such A Scene Maker
From Redditor u/costarcoffee:
I got a phone call from a parent basically saying that a few other children had beaten up their child, so the following day we take aside that child, then all the other children (in the end turns out there were nine other children involved) and it turns out to be a complete truth. The children had been arguing about a video game (they're 10) and this one child had a different opinion from the others, so they push him to the ground, and while he's curled up on the floor, they start kicking him.
My head teacher contacts the parents of the children involved to let them know and explain the punishment. Fast forward to the next day when one of the parents comes into school and starts shouting at their child in front of his whole class and teacher, asking him why "the hell" he admitted to doing it, what was the matter with him and how he was stupid for doing so, before taking him and his two siblings out of the school. This child was one of the ones who admitted straight away to do it and had burst straight into tears and was clearly feeling guilty.F for parenting?
- 453 VOTES
'Je De Floop Flee,' Joey.
From Redditor u/SouthernGirl2016:
I was a French teacher. The kid was in Level 1 French. Clearly, he put his assignment through a translator. I confronted him, he admitted it, so I gave him a 0 F. His family lost their minds. They claimed I was calling him dumb. Long story short... the principal let him redo the assignment.F for parenting?