14 Teachers Reveal Times The Parent Was Just As Bad As The Student

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Vote up the worst parents.

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? 

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  • 1
    188 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.

    188 votes
  • 2
    176 VOTES

    Like Mother, Like Child

    From Redditor u/OhioMegi:

    The mother was screaming in the office, “I’m gonna hit you in your f*cking face” because a tutor dared to say the kid was having behavior issues during free tutoring.
    Now I know why the five of your 11 kids in our school are terrible hot messes. Poor things don’t have much of a chance.

    Mom was banned from the building because this was the last straw.

    176 votes
  • 3
    163 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.

    163 votes
  • 4
    211 VOTES

    Call The Police!

    From Redditor u/SpankBankManager:

    I had these two teenage girls in my class who were best friends, but they started acting really strange around each other. A couple of days into this weird behavior I heard a loud commotion outside my classroom. Both of the girls’ fathers were having a fist fight right outside my room, and the girls were screaming like banshees. I found out later that one of the girl’s dads had been [having relations with] the friend and she spilled the beans.

    211 votes
  • 5
    218 VOTES

    Smile For The Camera

    From Redditor u/loveleigh1788:

    Elementary teacher here. We had a student who wouldn't stop [taking] things out of other kids' backpacks. We had caught him on camera and would call the parents and they would just say, "No, that's his *insert [ill-gotten] item*, we just bought it for him." Then, we get him on a positive behavior plan and create intentional lessons about empathy to others, setting goals to get what you want, the difference between wants, needs. etc. Eventually, he gets enough positive days in a row that he gets released from the behavior plan and receives a free bike as his incentive for good behavior (they were donated to the school by a local bike shop). The next day he tells me his uncle stole it and pawned it. He went right back to his old behaviors and it was heartbreaking.

    218 votes
  • 6
    211 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.

    211 votes