Textbooks. Pencils. Needles. Turtles. Yes, all of the above. As teachers have discovered, a student's backpack, locker, or pocket can contain the usual academic accessories, or sometimes things that are unexpected, illicit, or even reptilian.
Although finding disturbing things students bring to school is not uncommon, it is still unsettling to find a pet turtle packed in a gym bag. It's downright scary when children bring something dangerous, and sad when they're expected to hustle for the family business at their elementary or middle school. And boarding schools or elite institutions are no exception.
Teachers on Reddit have shared the most disturbing items they've confiscated from students - even preschoolers. After checking out the most disturbing things these Redditors found, maybe thank a teacher today for all the tasks they do that go beyond teaching.
From Redditor /u/ligamentary:
She insisted she'd found it by the ravine and just thought it was cool, so [she] kept it until she'd decided what to do with it. But that means she'd either found a lone finger or she was leaving out a part of this story.
From Redditor /u/itellteacherstories:
A student came running to me during a break once and wanted to drag me to a class to show me something. I went along and once there he directed me to a student’s desk. There was an open notebook lying on the desk, detailing my full name, birth date, address, license plate, and other insane stuff. We immediately took her to the office after she returned, police were called, and they confiscated her phone.
She had an entire album titled “teachers” or “professors” (I don’t remember), and quite literally every single teacher she had had was in there. I was in four pictures, some of which she took secretly in class. The others were old... pics from my old Facebook.
I was a bit creeped out to be honest.
From Redditor /u/TrippinLSD:
In a third-grader's locker, [my mom] found a chisel-tip Sharpie. It was hollowed out and a scissor blade was inserted into the marker case. Duct tape was used to pad and hold the blade into place.
The kid said he was going to use it on another student.
From Redditor /u/Penya23:
There was a horrid smell coming from an area known as the dungeon (just rows of lockers), so the principal and two teachers (lucky me) had to do a locker inspection. All the students had to open their lockers so we could check them.
We get to one locker and the kid is sweating... He asks us not to inspect his but of course we do. He opens his locker (looks normal), and after the other teacher rummages through it a bit, he pulls out a bag, looks inside, and starts gagging.
The student (16 years old) had a shopping bag FULL of used condoms. He told us he kept them as proof...