Teachers really aren’t paid enough to deal with the shenanigans they’re forced to juggle on a daily basis.
A recent AskReddit prompted teachers to share the most unprofessional or immature thing they’ve ever done to a student they didn’t like — and the answers were a comforting reminder that, despite their meager salaries, teachers still find a way to show sh*tty students who’s boss.
12. LWZRGHT knew exactly how to give one disruptive kid their comeuppance:
When I was teaching, disruptive kid got his PSP out during class one day. I naturally confiscated it until the end of class. Then he did it again. And again. During this semester kid had several written reprimands and was on thin ice with his parents. Around the 5th-6th time he did it, I told him I was forced to write him up for it. He begged me not to. So I didn’t, and I took the PSP home and played Lego Batman that night. And the next night. I kept it for a week I think. He never took it out in class again…
11. WonderCounselor decided that the passive-aggressive route was the best route:
I once caught a student turning in essays I knew her mother was writing… and then her mother blatantly plagiarized an essay. As an opportunity to make up the assignment for a 50% grade, the student (ie mother) had to write a 10 page essay with 15 academic sources (the original was a 3pg essay with 3 sources). I knew the mother would slave-away at the thing, and she did. I can’t stand parents like her.
10. estrogyn decided to capture indisputable evidence:
I videotaped a student and played it for the kid’s mom because she didn’t want to believe her child was the problem.
9. quickwitqueen was subtle (and effective) as hell:
Kid was/is a sociopath. Would purposefully do things to hurt other kids emotionally. Lied constantly, including to his mother in front of my face and when called out on it, the mom laughed. She always defends his sh*ttiness. Kid even accused my amazingly patient, super sweet friend of slamming him against a wall the year she had him. Anyway, in 17 years of teaching, he is the only child I have even remotely come close to hating. After several months of his awfulness, I started waiting for days he was absent to do extra special lessons and activities that were extremely fun, just so he’d miss out on them. Then when he came in the next day, I’d have the kids write in their journals what they learned about and what they enjoyed about the activity just so he would know he missed it.
8. Honkey_McCracker discovered that karma works as well as any actual punishment:
Had a kid steal my pen once. Kids at my grade level don’t use pens yet, and the pen was the exact same brand, style, and color that I always use (I teach in a small school and no other teacher uses that exact pen). Kid said that he “found it in the hallway.” Little sh*t knew that I couldn’t prove that he stole it, so I just ignored him and went on with the lesson. Fast forward 10-15 minutes and I hear a shout from him. He had been chewing on the pen and it leaked all into his mouth. He then tries to wipe it out using his (brand new) shirt. Shirt gets completely ruined. I couldn’t help but laugh at the ridiculousness of the situation. His sister is a year younger than him and couldn’t wait to tell me the next day that the boy got his rear end tore up for ruining his new shirt. For the next month or so, whenever he didn’t have a pencil I would offer to let him use one of my pens. He never took me up on the offer.