Disturbing Classroom Moments

Disturbing Classroom Moments

You couldn’t pay me to relive my elementary or high school years, and this list of disturbing classroom moments proves me right. In fact, compared to these traumatizing stories, I got off easy.

1. In-Class Experience

Our woodshop teacher wasn’t “all there” in the head. During class, he started to act strangely, twitching and mumbling to himself. Someone noticed and asked the teacher if he was okay. The teacher responded by picking up and throwing a hammer with all his might at him. It missed but smashed the window and a car window. The teacher then screamed at us to get out.

So, we all ran out of the class and down the hall. There was a horrid scream that stopped us in our tracks. Some of us ran back to the room to check on the teacher—but nothing could have prepared us for the blood. He’d cut his thumb off with the circular saw. I administered first aid, put his thumb on ice, and got counseling.



2. Oh God, What Did We Do?

One day, our religion teacher went into the cupboard for supplies. She was quite strict and wasn’t well-liked.  Even so, now that I’m an adult, I realize it doesn’t excuse what happened next. The class clown snuck up and locked her in the cupboard.

We all thought it was hilarious at the time, and we all left the class. She was in there for the rest of the class until another teacher found her an hour later crying. She took two weeks off after that.



3. Go Jump In The Lake!

A group of three kids who used to be my friends invited me to come to hang out with them at the lake. I had been cast out from the group because I wasn’t “cool enough,” so I was eager to get together with them. But when I got there, a deranged surprise awaited me.

They had taken all of the school books out of my locker and then threw them all in the lake right in front of me. They laughed nonstop and just left without saying a word. The next day, when I went to confront them about it at school, one of them had collected a Ziploc bag full of all three of their clipped fingernails and toenails and threw them in my face.

Some got in my mouth, some in my eyes, and some in my ear. I broke down crying and gagging. Nobody faced any consequences other than me because I pushed the kid away, and he fell into a teacher who was carrying coffee.

I was suspended for two days and had to pay for all the books that they destroyed because I had no proof that they were the ones who did it. I wasn’t doing well in school and had anger problems, so the teachers assumed that I was the one who was the culprit and tried to blame the other kids.



4. Bad Boys

In eighth grade, there were two boys named Brian. Brian K decided he wanted to be the troublemaker at our small school that taught every grade from Pre-K to grade 12. One of his actions as the resident troublemaker was to torment Brian L who everyone else thought was annoying. One night, my mom and I were at a home football game.

Near the end, Brian L came running from the playground, crying his eyes out. I asked what was wrong, and while he calmed down, I called my mom over. I was concerned because I had never seen this kid cry. His confession made my blood run cold. He told us that Brain K pulled a blade on him on the playground, held it to his throat, and threatened to hurt him.

Brian L told the principal who informed the local officers. They took Brian K. in but gave him house arrest for a month. When he came back to school, everyone was cautious around him. He also was allowed to sit on the same side of the room as Brian L But Brian L wasn’t having the best time either after the incident…His torments didn’t end there.

We lived in a conservative town, and everyone made fun of Brian L for acting gay. Brian K used it as an excuse for what he did since “Brian L had a crush on me and would not leave me alone. I had no choice”. Brian L ended up leaving the school. And over the years, Brian K changed and had remorse for what he’d done.



5. Pulling A Flood

One morning, some eighth graders discovered a combination lock on one of the sprinklers. The boys thought it was a good idea to pull it off, so one got on the other’s shoulders and yanked it with all of his strength. The pipe broke. Water started spewing. It started to flood on the second floor right by the staircase and elevator.

When the water began pouring down the stairs, chaos ensued. They had to close half the floor, the lobby, stairs, and the elevator that had filled up with water. The water must have been in the pipes for years because it smelled disgusting. By the end of it, the other high school students called the eighth graders “sprinklers”.


6. Banged Up

One girl slept with another girl’s boyfriend. I was sitting in class when all of the sudden, we heard a girl shouting and confronting someone from down the hall. That’s when I heard what I thought was an explosion, and my heart dropped. Everyone jumped preparing to stay down when we realized that a different kind of horror show had just gone down.

What happened was that the girl grabbed the other girl by the hair and slammed her head into the locker so hard that her skull broke. She also yanked a big part of her hair out of her scalp. The girl was fine, but the girl who started the fight was sent to an institution.


7. We Didn’t Know The Scope Of The Problem

I had this teacher whose breath was HORRIBLE. One day, this one kid left a big bottle of mouthwash on her desk when she wasn’t looking. The whole class was laughing. Then she turned around and saw it—and her reaction broke my heart.

You could see her eyes filling up with embarrassment. She went on to tearfully explain to the class that she suffered from an intestinal issue and realized her breath was bad.

Then, she excused herself from the class for the remainder of the period. As a kid, I thought that was hilarious until she started to cry. How she was able to continue teaching us monsters after that incident is not something I will ever understand. If she had been MY wife or mother, I would have encouraged her to quit.


8. Showing Up

I went to high school with a girl who attempted to end her life unsuccessfully. One of the officers who responded had a daughter who was friends with the girl, and he showed her the photos. This was the worst possible thing he could’ve done. His daughter then spread the photos around to everyone in school. Then the girl made another attempt and was successful that time.

She’d sat next to me in first period. The day after it happened was the most somber day of my high school years. It was completely silent aside from the people crying. Oh, and not only did the officer not face any consequences, but he also ran for mayor one year. Luckily, he lost by a long shot. Screw that guy and his horrible daughter.


9. Go At It

In my first year of high school, I was in a class that taught technical skills, so it was part workshop. The teacher was strict. But if you did your work, he was fine. You were in for a bad time if you caused trouble. The rebel of the class was late every morning, talked back to the teacher, and never did his homework. One time, it was silent in class after his argument with the teacher on why he hadn’t done his homework.

So, everyone was on edge. And then the kid asked if he could go to the washroom. The teacher refused because the class was ending soon and he could go then. As usual, he didn’t take this and started a loud argument. The teacher became really angry and sent him to a special class where students had to go as punishment. So, the rebel stood up and went to the door. What he did next made our jaws drop.

He went behind the room’s concrete pillar, dropped his pants, and relieved himself there. The teacher lost his mind and screamed at him that this was his last day at the school. He stomped over to him and dragged him out by his arm. Everyone got up to look. They were heading to the principal’s office, and the student hadn’t even pulled his pants back up.

Within minutes, the whole school heard what happened. The teacher never relaxed, and the student was banned from his classes and dropped out.


10. The Best Of The Worst

We had a math teacher who, in hindsight, was the sweetest woman ever. She had a thick accent, and being middle school jerks in a backwoods area, we mocked her incessantly. Once, she was out for a week, and we had a substitute teacher who was young and full of optimism. One day—totally uncoordinated—a student started crying during class.

The sub asked why he was crying, and the student shook his head and didn’t answer. The sub asked again, and another classmate started crying and shook his head as well. The sub was becoming alarmed and asked the class what was going on. A friend of mine answered, “We can’t tell you, or we’ll get in trouble”. The sub came over to him, knelt down, and said with total sincerity, “It’s okay, you can tell me”.

The kid told the sub that our teacher would stand on the desk, remove her clothes, and would make the class tell her she was beautiful.  The sub’s eyes got huge, and she ran to grab the principal. The whole class started a mix of crying—to keep it going—and laughing. It was hard to differentiate which was which. The principal came in screaming at us.

The authorities were called and questioned a few of us. Then our teacher came back into class the following week, looking mortified. It is painful to remember because she was a really kind teacher who taught me a lot. When I graduated high school, I went back and apologized. She laughed, saying we were one of the BEST classes she ever taught behavior-wise!


11. Let’s Get Physical

In fifth grade, our school didn’t let us go on the playground, so instead, we busied ourselves by playing sports on the giant field. There were these hollow plastic borders that took two of us to push around. And like any normal fifth-grade class, we decided to assemble these borders in a ring and start wrestling. None of the recess monitors did much to stop us.

So, kids took turns going inside the ring and fighting each other. This resulted in three kids throwing up, two broken arms, and a cracked skull. There was blood and mess everywhere before all of the staff came running out, and almost everybody was sent to the principal.


12. Case In Point

We had a guy in our class who went by the nickname of “Fuzzy”. He was always very nervous, a bit out there, and probably had a lot of undiagnosed problems. The guy who sat behind him kept hitting him on the head while the teacher was at the blackboard. One day, Fuzzy asked the teacher to use the bathroom, and while he was on his way to the toilet, he got his revenge.

He swiped the kid’s pencil case. When the end of the class came, the guy found his pencil case. He opened it up, and Fuzzy had taken a big poo in it. The kid barfed on sight. Fuzzy went to the principal’s office and was expelled. I just felt really bad for him. He was tormented physically and mentally all the time and had had enough. He just went for it.


13. Try It

I had an amazing physics teacher who used the lab exhaustively. Everything we studied, he demonstrated: parabolic arcs, waves, momentum. He used strobe lights to freeze 3D oscillating waves on a soap bubble. He even rigged a sensor to take high-speed flash photography. But the most memorable day of all was when the teacher discussed liquid nitrogen…

He explained the properties of the gas that form on top of the nitrogen as a protective layer. This meant that a person could take sips of it then spit it out with no harm done. He described exactly how to do it as he’d done it over the years of teaching. What he didn’t consider was the senior who came to class stoned. He raised his hand, grabbed the beaker of liquid nitrogen, and asked what to do.

The teacher said, “bottoms up”. The kid downed the whole thing. It was a disaster. Emergency services were called and the kid ended up in the hospital. The school had to settle for an undisclosed amount, and the kid may have damaged his stomach lining.


14. We Did A Number On This Teacher

In the 6th grade, I had a friend who was a troublemaker and a class clown. I’ve always hated going to my math class because my teacher was a cranky old lady who’d yell at kids for the smallest things. I, being an 11-year-old, had the worst anxiety just knowing I could be the next person she yelled at in front of the class.

The one thing that helped me get through the year was one special friend because I knew he’d always make jokes and have me almost in tears because he was that funny. One day, when my teacher walked out to use the bathroom, that friend went over to her desk, picked up the mug she was drinking out of—and did the most diabolical thing I’d ever seen.

He hocked out the biggest loogie into it. We all saw it and just waited for her to come back. Ten mins later, as she was just normally teaching, when she picked up her mug and chugged it down.

Everybody just started laughing and giggling—including me—but nobody said anything when she questioned it. It was horrible, but I wasn’t about to be the kid who snitched.

Later on, during the school year, we had a day where it didn’t start at the usual hour but instead at 10:30 am. I didn’t know, so I showed up really early. A bunch of kids didn’t get the memo either, so we were all placed in the cafeteria until school actually started. Around 9 am, my math teacher noticed I was sitting out in the cold and invited me to her class, where it was warm.

When I got there, she let me work on my missed homework and even let me eat breakfast in her class. She asked me about home life, school life, if I had any friends, etc. She made me feel welcome, then she told me about her life, about her only son, and about her husband, who passed from cancer 20 years back; she was very sweet.

I wish I could go back and stop my “friend” from doing what he did.


15. Free Ride

When I was in elementary school, my dad bought a brand-new bike.  I rode it to the park, and these older kids came up to me and asked if one of them could take it for a test drive. I said OK, and about 10 seconds in—right in front of me—I saw the guy who was riding my bike being pushed off and my bike being taken.

The older kids “helped” me look for my missing bike, but later I made an upsetting realization. I figured out that they plotted the whole thing. I had basically given my brand-new bike away.


16. The Peacemaker

We used to have a girl in my class, Jordan, who was severely overweight and autistic. Kids being as ruthless as they are, always picked on her for being different. Instead of “yo mama’s so fat” jokes, they’d say, “Jordan’s so fat,” among other cruel things. Whenever she’d get frustrated with them, she would hide her face in her shirt and cry.

The reason she was overweight was that weight gain was a side effect of the medication she had to take for her autism. Most kids were too naive to care or understand. I was one of the few people who felt sorry for her and understood her because my brother has autism.

Jordan and I sat next to each other in 4th grade. I would help her out with her school work if she was confused and would reassure her things would be OK in times of trouble. After that year, I never saw her again. Turns out, fate dealt her a tragic hand.

That summer—between 4th and 5th grades—she came down with a rare disease, was hospitalized, and passed. Only about 20 kids from our entire class went to the funeral. It angered me, but I assumed most of them who didn’t come did not feel welcome because they were ashamed of the way they treated her.

When I got there and saw a few of my peers—the select few of us who accepted her for who she was—standing in front of her coffin, I joined them. We all stood in silence. The whole thing was just so sad.

A few weeks later, her mom had a garage sale to sell most of her stuff, partly because it pained her to see her things around the house and partly because her mom needed the money after the hospital bills and funeral. When I got to talking with her mom, and she realized who I was, she started bawling.

She told me that Jordan talked about me all the time at home. I was her closest friend in our classroom that past year. She thanked me for being her friend and hugged me for what felt like an eternity, but I didn’t mind. She took me inside and let me look at Jordan’s drawings in a sketchbook.

I stumbled upon a drawing she made of me and her sitting at our desks with big smiley faces. I couldn’t fight back the tears. We sat for a few hours, and her mom told me countless stories about her late daughter. When I left, her mom let me keep the drawing she made of us, and I still have it to this day.

The whole thing was quite a challenging experience for everyone in my grade. However, in the long run, it brought us together as a class. It opened our eyes to the blatant fact that we were so mean to a kid, and now she was gone. After that realization, we all had an unspoken understanding that it was wrong and that we’d never do it again.

All the way up to graduation, we never had a single fight within my class. Everyone was just so nice to each other. Even though we had our cliques, any one of us could sit down at anybody’s table during lunch, and we’d let them jump into the conversation. Her untimely passing inadvertently brought peace and understanding to our entire class.


17. First Time For Everything

I went to an all-girls prep school that was right by the boy’s school. A classmate wanted to lose her virginity to someone she trusted, so she asked a long-time friend. He was on one of the top lacrosse teams in the country. Well, his teammates told him to tape it so they could see. The obvious happened. It was leaked. But not just at our schools.

The whole debacle made the news and ended up on ESPN since the whole team was reprimanded, which impacted their season and future prospects. Unfortunately, the girl was dragged through the mud, and her family actually moved to escape the humiliation. Thankfully, she managed to bounce back, returning to our school to share her experience.


18. It All Comes Down

I lived in a quiet rural town. When I was a senior in high school, a couple of my friends decided to sneak into our high school at night and cut the tree in the middle of the school courtyard. This caused a big stir for years. The local newspaper went so far as to call this a gang initiation even though there were no gangs in town. The consequences spiraled in the most ridiculous ways.

The mayor was up for re-election but lost because the opponent kept referencing the “street gang” problem that didn’t exist. And then our local officers started a new gang unit with no evidence.


19. Playing With Fire

A few messed-up kids in my primary school lit a teacher’s car on fire just because she gave one of them a failing grade on the midterm. She wasn’t one of the mean teachers either; she was mostly nice to students. The authorities got involved, but I don’t think the perpetrators got punished accordingly.

We were around 13–14 years old, and one of them was in and out of juvie already. Later on, those kids got tangled up in dealing and looting, and probably all got put behind bars at some point.


20. A Hot-Button Issue

I had a kid in my year who had surgery that left a nerve bundle in his neck exposed. If pressed, it would paralyze him. It was for spina bifida, and for some ridiculous reason, he told everyone. BIG MISTAKE.

Certain boys took great pleasure in going down the stairs behind him and pressing it, which completely paralyzed him for a few seconds.  He would then fall like a brick, usually onto whoever was in front of him. It was so dangerous.

A few teeth were knocked out because of this—his and other people’s. It happened so much that in his third year, the school installed an elevator, and you had to have a special key to use it. He got the only permanent issue key at that time.


21. Triangulating Revenge

Over the virtual school year, a popular girl’s boyfriend slept with her best friend who ended up getting pregnant. So, the popular girl and boyfriend broke up, the two girls had a falling out, and the boy stayed with the pregnant girl to be a good “dad”. So, when we all went back to school after our virtual year, tensions were somewhat high.

It was a slow shift over the first month from calm to chaos. On a Friday at third lunch, a fight began over the lunch break. Then another two get into a fight. One more fight started, so baby daddy and his friends went to go watch what was happening leaving the pregnant girl alone. The popular girl saw this as her opportunity.

She shoved the girl down the stairs as baby daddy was walking back. He saw this then ran at her, but she went down the stairs then stomped on her belly just before he tackled her. Officers were called. The pregnant girl was rushed to the hospital. Baby daddy and popular girl were detained and questioned. But don’t worry. Miraculously, the baby was fine.


22. Waiting For The Fall

My friend had to use the washroom, but the teacher kept saying no. When she finally let him, it was too late. He usually wore only gym shorts with no underwear, so as he ran, poop slid down his leg onto the floor. He cleaned himself up and went to see the class lined up outside since the mess was a biohazard. He moved.


23. Snap Out Of It

We had a teacher in middle school who had served in combat, and it had affected him deeply. Some of our more moronic classmates thought it was hilarious to bring snaps to school—the ones you get on the 4th of July that you throw down on the ground to make a snapping sound. Every time that poor man turned around, they would start throwing those snaps.

Sometimes—not always—he would go into nearly full-out flashback mode and hide, almost crying under his desk from “enemy fire”. Some of our classmates, including the ones who did it, thought it was hilarious.  No one would stand up to them because those kids were terrors who would seriously hurt you if you crossed them.

The principal didn’t do anything about it other than urging the teacher to retire. It was painful to watch.


24. Food For Thought

One weekend when I was about 14 or 15 years old, I was at a friend’s house. Some of my friends decided that it was a good and funny idea to order a ton of take-out food to be delivered to one of our teacher’s houses that we didn’t like. The joke was mean.

That particular teacher was very tight with money, so he would have to pay for all that food. Along with that, they also called a bunch of other teachers and left harassing messages on their phones. I was present but didn’t actually do anything.

Even so, I still got a Saturday detention, which was the worst detention we had at school, while two or three of my friends got suspended. They only knew it was us because—for some reason—my stupid friend left all our names on the message.

It was pretty funny at the time, but now I think it’s just one of many extremely stupid things that some of my friends did back then. One of the same friends also threw a street sign through a car windscreen once while we were trashed. Thinking about that now makes me feel so bad for whoever’s car that was.


25. Holier Fall

A girl who went to my school left her social media chats open, and her father happened to scroll through them. He found out that the head pastor of the school was grooming the 12-year-old to be his “girlfriend”. The pastor got a slap on the wrist with some community service. He’s still married and a pastor at a church. Absolutely disgusting.


26. Related Problem

My father’s distant relative was a counselor at my high school. There was an unspoken family rule to never leave your kids alone with him. I still remember my father smacked me for taking a candy bar from him at a family function. So, when I saw him try to get close to one of my friends, I warned my friend to stay away. I told him why, and soon, word spread that I accused the counselor.

I got in-school suspension, and my parents were called for a meeting. As soon as the counselor heard my dad was coming to the school, he had an emergency situation to handle. At the meeting, my father told the principal that he was harboring a deviant. He told him that if he ever found out that the school allowed him to be in the same room as me, he would tear down the school brick-by-brick and use each brick to smash my principal’s head.

Unfortunately, the fallout for me was brutal. All of the teachers hated me and chastised me for spreading such a dirty rumor about one of the staff. Then in the middle of the school year, he disappeared. I learned from my dad that the counselor was taken in after flashing a bunch of children at a theater during a kid’s movie. But that wasn’t the most horrifying part.

Officers raided his house after finding inappropriate photos in his car. They found more content on his computer that included his students. None of the teachers who were disappointed in me for spreading rumors ever apologized—except for one, my English teacher. He was a towering 6’4 man whose voice alone could silence the whole school in the gym without ever touching the microphone.

He broke down crying while apologizing and saying he could never forgive himself.


27. Slow In The Know

A classmate would come in every so often with a bruise or small cut on her face or arm. She was part of the punk scene, so I chalked it up to her hopping into mosh pits, although I had never heard her mention going to shows.

At one point during our junior year of high school, she spoke to a few people sitting close by—myself included—about going through the emancipation process of separating from her parents and living with a friend. It was also around that time that I noticed the bruises weren’t occurring anymore. It took me a full five years to figure that one out.


28. Nothing Sweet About It

My high school “friends” gave me some little chocolate bars. I thought it tasted like poor-quality chocolate. I figured they just didn’t like it and were being nice to me. I was so wrong.

After I was done consuming a full bar of the stuff, they told me it was a chocolate laxative. I had never even heard of such a thing before that. I was upset, but they told me, “Oh, it’s expired”. I had to work my department store job that night.

Thank goodness I was in the same department as a friend. Even though the laxative was expired, it still functioned as intended, and I spent most of my shift in the bathroom feeling like my soul was leaving through my rear. For some reason, I maintained a friendship with those morons throughout the remainder of school and even married one of the guys involved—it didn’t last.


29. No Secrets

Here’s a rundown of the pure craziness that went on at my school: We all knew that the nurse was fired for taking students’ medications, the band teacher went after an eighth-grader, and the swim coach caused a fatal car accident after drinking. And the most shocking one of all? The FBI showed up because of a threat posted on a school computer.


30. Rules Of The Jungle

In grade seven, we were outside while the sports teams were practicing and free to do what we wanted. When it was nice, we usually used the period on the track to exercise, study, or hang with our friends. That day, I was with my friends and looked across the field to see a girl I knew sitting with another girl from class. That was when two eighth-graders came up to them.

One was a typical troublemaker with long hair, a denim jacket, and a tough attitude. I couldn’t see what’d happened. All I saw was him motioning at his waist prompting shrieks from the girls. I found out that he took his thing out and peed on the ground in front of her. Too upset to tell a teacher, her friend asked an older girl to do it.

The school suspended the boys—but it only spurred them to seek out awful revenge. Later that day, the boys saw the girl who had told on them then dragged her to the washrooms. Luckily, her older brother who was on the soccer team saw. He grabbed the kid, put him against the wall, and punched him out. The kid’s buddy jumped out the window into a courtyard reserved for seniors where, immediately, the second highest-ranked administrator spotted him.

After learning what had happened, the troublemaker was expelled, and we never saw him again. His friend was suspended for ten days and didn’t come back the following year.


31. We Took It To The Text Level

Our friend Jessica had this older man in her neighborhood who was a family friend of her mom and stepdad. She had expressed to us in the past that this man was pretty creepy toward her and made her very uncomfortable. For example, she once found him in her room, picking through her dirty clothes with the excuse that he was going to help her with her laundry.

As is often the case with high schoolers, she didn’t feel like she had any actual proof and that her parents wouldn’t believe her, so she kept quiet about it until she told us in confidence as friends. In my junior year, on April Fools Day, my friend Trish and I wanted to pull a prank on Jessica because she had recently done something to annoy us.

We decided it would be hilarious to borrow someone else’s phone—someone who she didn’t have in her contacts—and text her pretending to be the creepy guy. During homeroom, we sent her some pretty messed up texts, like, “see you through your window tonight”. Our friend, understandably, flipped out and had a panic attack when she received the texts.

She went to the nurse, then to the principal, and told them everything. Her parents were called into the school, and it was only then that they identified that the number wasn’t the creepy guy’s. At that point, another mutual friend who knew about what Trish and I did, spilled the beans.

The most shameful part about this was that Trish and I still thought it was funny even after getting caught. So did a lot of our mutual friends. After recovering, Jessica laughed along with us. However,  in retrospect, she was clearly angry about the whole thing, which was confirmed in the ensuing months as she slowly broke off her friendship with us.

It wasn’t until I went to college and started to seriously examine the kind of person I was in high school that I began to feel ashamed about it. Both Trish and I offered Jessica a heartfelt apology, but at that point, it was two years too late.

Neither of us has spoken with her since. If there is any silver lining, her parents did listen to her about the creepy guy. He was no longer invited to their house and was ostracized from the neighborhood in general.


32.  ¡Ay, Caramba! We Were Bad

I had a Spanish teacher, who was kind-hearted and soft, but the students would torment her. They would lock her out of her classroom and unplug her computer—but that wasn’t the worst part.

They also spread an awful rumor that she was getting busy with another female teacher in front of a classroom. One day, a student came back from the restroom and told her that her car had been hit in the parking lot. She ran out, and then a kid locked her out of the classroom. A few kids unlocked the door for her, but it was really sad.


33. Serial Luck

My English teacher was walking home at night, and right before she got to her house, a guy got out of the same car that the infamous Son of Sam was suspected of driving and started following her. She hurried into her house, and he turned away. Inside, she called for officers, but the man was already gone from the area. When the Son of Sam was caught, his diary told a similar story in the same neighborhood—same time, same date.


34. Era Shattering

At my small school, the principal was married to a teacher. It came out that the principal was having an affair with another teacher. The couple had been married for over 25 years with grandchildren attending the school. The school closed down that year. It upset me because the principal’s wife was my favorite teacher. For her, the nightmare went on and on.

I watched her slowly look more and more distraught and become a shell of the woman she once was. She was the science teacher, and I loved to ask her questions. She’d go into detail and continue to inspire my ideas from what I had learned. One day, she just stopped answering questions that didn’t relate to the material. All of that nurturing spirit disappeared.

Meanwhile, the principal continued on like nothing ever happened.


35. He Left His Mark

One day, a kid took another kid’s towel after a gym class shower. He used the other kid’s towel to dry his behind. As a result, he put a brown stain on the towel that was three feet long. There was lots of nervous laughter because we were all glad that it wasn’t one of our towels he had used.


36. The Worst Kept Secret

In high school, one of the students was having an affair with a vice principal. The rumor was that on the day she turned 18, he served his wife with divorce papers, and they got married after she graduated. Everyone knew; it was the worst kept secret in the school. Nothing ever happened to him.

They both moved across the country and later got divorced. It seems she got too old for him. All of us dumb high schoolers thought it was funny. The administration knew and didn’t care. Her parents knew and didn’t care, but it definitely was not okay.


37. Physical Fault

An eighth-grader was jerking off in the middle of class. The principal heard and blamed the girls for wearing skirts that were too short, implying that their attire had encouraged him to do it. But that wasn’t the worst part. She also suspended all the girls. The administration found out, and she denied it ever happened. The kid was expelled, and the principal only lasted four months.


38. Unknown Objective

In tenth grade, the teacher answered a phone call. After she hung up, the whole school was put on lockdown, and no one was allowed to leave or come into the classroom. Later we learned the disturbing truth. Apparently, a student from the middle school brought what looked like a pipe explosive to the elementary school to ask someone to identify it.

He had left the device in the back of his truck bed then parked right by the entrance, which was what caused the lockdown. Then we heard that he had intellectual disabilities and just thought the school was where the smart people were who could tell him what it was. He had meant no harm, but it was not a good decision.


39. Calls For Recreation

There are four high schools in my hometown. There was a series of threats to the schools, one after the other over a week. Everyone freaked out the first time, but by the time our school was threatened, nobody cared since everyone knew it was just some loser messing around. But the staff still had to take it seriously. So, everyone had to evacuate the school.

But instead of waiting to go back inside, my friends and I just left. We walked to a park a few neighborhoods over and played basketball. At the end of the day, we just walked back to catch the bus to get home. And the prankster who’d called in the threats has never been caught.


40. Man Or Mouse?

I remember having what was called the “Man or Mouse” test—and it was pretty messed up.

Basically, guys would take one of those big pink erasers and start going to work on their arms, and the one who lasted the longest was the real man. There were plenty of bloody and scabbed-up arms around the school. I am not ashamed to say I was a mouse because I never participated.


41. Hold Your Horses, Something’s Off

When I was in high school, a girl I rode horses with—who was in middle school—told me that she and her mom watched explicit movies together so they could make fun of the actors. She said this as if it was perfectly normal; she wasn’t kidding.

I thought it was weird and funny at the time, but now as an adult, I am horrified. Unfortunately, the girl ended up getting pregnant as a sophomore in high school. Her mother was proud of her and happy that she was going to be a hot, young grandmother.


42. Lookin’ Good

When we were in high school, we had a very attractive male student teacher. The degree to which some of the girls were flirting with him got out of control.

This guy was tall and had model good looks. What started with a bunch of girls openly gawking at him and agreeing he was hot escalated. I remember feeling genuinely bad for this guy.

He just wanted to teach and seemed to really want to do a good job. However, he ended up getting harassed like crazy. In the end, he got transferred within the district to a middle school, and I remember the principal ranting and screaming about how inappropriate some of the girls had been.


43. A Fair Assessment

An 18-year-old student was going to the library at school…on Saturdays. Except the “library” was actually her geometry teacher’s desk where she hooked up with him. No one knew why the teacher did it. He was married with a beautiful wife and a baby on the way. Plus, he was a good teacher! It didn’t turn out well for the student. As teenagers, we didn’t understand the power dynamic and labeled her the “girl who got McMillan fired”.

Before the incident, the girl had been really mean to me, so I didn’t notice her getting worst. But one day she was making fun of me for being bigger, and I told her, “Well, at least I wasn’t caught with a teacher”.


44. Feeling It Together

I remember in my freshman year, another student passed. We hadn’t been friends, and he had been mean to me sometimes. On his last day in school, the last thing he said to me was “happy birthday”. Then he had a brain aneurysm and went to the hospital. He didn’t make it, and students poured out their hearts at an assembly. We all wore his favorite color, red, and honored him together.

One section of the school was named after him too. It was only through student action that everything happened, and we came together to get through his passing.


45. Impossible To Congest

I was the only friend of one kid in the class who everyone thought was weird. One day, he forgot to take his medication, which made him hungry. So, he tried to sneak something out of my lunchbox that didn’t have much in it. He managed to find a very old chocolate bar. I warned him not to eat it because it looked moldy. Nope.

He shoved the whole thing in his mouth and swallowed. After lunch, we went back to class, but a few minutes in, he had to run to the washroom holding onto his behind.


46. All That Glitters Is Not Gold

I had a well-loved teacher in high school who had some sort of intense aversion to glitter. So, of course, a bunch of the idiot seniors decided to “prank” him by dumping bags of glitter all around his classroom.

The poor man actually dropped to the ground and started sobbing. A lot of the kids thought he was doing it to be dramatic or funny, but it was very evident—especially in retrospect—that he was having a full-out panic attack.


47. My School Was The Pits!

We had a “goz pit” in our school, which was a pit in the ground with steps leading down, that had no clear function. The culture in the school was to grasp someone’s backpack and throw it down the pit. Once the victim would go to get the bag, someone would shout, “Goz pit”—and chaos would ensue.

Everyone would run over and spit on the kid continuously until he managed to get up the stairs. I remember even teachers laughing at this. Almost all the “harmless fun” I can remember from my school was actually horrific.


48. Kissing Cousins

When I was in 7th grade, a classmate of mine used to tell everyone that he had gotten busy with his younger cousin. Nobody used believed him and thought that it was funny, but he used to say that he really did it.

After we graduated high school, I met him and tried to tease him about it in front of some other classmates. I thought everyone was going to laugh, but they all turned serious because, apparently, he was telling the truth.


49. Re: Memo

One day, our principal ditched the school after sending a school-wide email proclaiming his love for his ex-wife who he was suddenly following to another city. The same year, the headmaster was fired after following a woman home in road rage. The school wanted to keep it quiet and paid off the papers to not mention it. But this was just the tip of the iceberg.

Another teacher at the school who taught history was a German nationalist. He claimed not to have any qualms with anything. But he still greeted the German foreign exchange students with a “heil”. He used to rant about his diabetic mania then get mad at someone for him acting that way. And then there were the notorious senior pranks.

They sent a school-wide letter complete with a photocopied signature telling parents that the school would be providing free protection at prom for health and safety reasons. The parents did not like that at all. The seniors also dyed the lake red, which was fatal to most of the fish that’d lived in it. It was carnage.


50. Least Suspected

The group of the school’s “rejects” egged the side of our school that was all windows on a hot day. So, the eggs dried up quickly and ruined the glass. The school district had to spend thousands to clean and repair the damage. And the school had been only a few years old and newly built. They never got caught for that. But one time, after pulling the fire alarm every day for two weeks, one was caught.

They’d made it so that a person pulling the arm would get inked. All the other days they avoided it somehow, but that day they didn’t. So, they all fessed up. They were almost banned from graduation for costing the school so much money. They didn’t get banned because before the incident they were squares with clean records. So, the school became tight on hall pass rules after that so no other class could do it again.


51. Critical Thinking

There were bushes at my bus stop where I found a plastic piece. So, I showed my friend, and he grabbed it and started pointing it at traffic. One of those people called officers, and the swat team was called. I was none the wiser until they called us into the assembly hall later in the day to tell us what had happened. This was only a few years after Columbine.

My friend wasn’t a bad kid. He just didn’t think things through. Unfortunately, his inappropriate antics didn’t end there. He also brought the head of a lighter into school, playing with it during science class, and accidentally lighting a jar of rubber cement on fire.


52. Revenge Was Key

There was a guy in my high school who was kind of a jerk named Rodney. One day, Rodney angered the wrong dude. So, the guy went into the locker room and peed in Rodney’s locker. Oh, but he wasn’t done yet.

Then took a poo and stuffed Rodney’s car keys into it. I laughed at the time, but looking back, it was a bit much.


53. The Rumor Mill Sucked

One girl at my elementary school spread a rumor that the reason my mom had passed was that I had taken her life. I was barely six when my mom passed, and the rumor didn’t start until I was in Grade 5. Being orphaned is hard, but I’m lucky it didn’t get turned into a whole big thing. Even so, to this day, I’m still angry about what that kid did.


54. Deranged Diabetic

I had a diabetic classmate who would go around using his stabby-blood glucose monitor on everyone’s leg, with the same jabber for everyone. As an adult, I realized the danger of the same needle being used on dozens of students, one who could have a dangerous and transmittable disease or virus.  I finally understood why the teachers and school staff hit the roof.


55. See, See No Touch

Some kid decided to pleasure himself in class since he thought everyone had gone home. Our classroom faced the hall with the windows facing out. So, he thought he was covered by sitting in a swivel chair facing away from the door. He took off his shirt, his pants were at his ankles, and he used his sock to do the deed. He was just about to finish when everyone came to pick up their bags after a group seminar.

Everyone saw and immediately cracked up. I’ve never seen anyone so shocked. I felt sorry for that kid. He didn’t come to the school after that. I think the school may have felt awkward about it, and he was just “asked to leave”.


56. Unspeakable Problem

I went to a conservative Christian school, and in ninth grade, my friends and I loved to watch the show Seinfeld. One of us had the idea to do “the contest,” or, in other words, try to abstain from touching ourselves, and whoever lasted the longest won the pot of the $5 each of us contributed. But then our deal just got deeper.

So, the pot grew by over 100 people who’d joined. There was over $500. And it was all based on the honor system. Everything was going well until one of the teacher’s kids told him about it. That was when the whole faculty got involved. Of course, being in a Christian environment, it was hard to discuss “self-pleasure”.

It was both hilarious and awkward at the assembly where the faculty discussed the evils of doing so. The best part was when parents called to complain that the staff shouldn’t discourage us as what we’re doing was promoting and incentivizing chastity. In the end, we gave everyone their money back, and we got detention.


57. Conscious Chaos

A kid at school bought weed from the kid who everyone assumed sold it. After buying it, he “got stoned” and ran around the school telling everyone that he was. The teachers found out and called both students into the office. The kid had actually sold the other mixed herbs. So, the “stoned” kid’s nickname became “Herb”.

I once saw a student who was refusing to hand over their phone to the teacher. It escalated to the point when the teacher ripped it from his shirt pocket. The student took it straight out of the teacher’s hand, and the teacher punched him. So, I threw the teacher out and advised him to think carefully of his next move. It was my final year, and I was 6’4. That teacher retired soon after this incident.


58. Wedgie Wars

The guys in my year went through a phase of brutally wedgie-ing each other with the aim to rip one’s underwear off entirely. One time, it went too far.

A guy’s ripped boxers got pinned onto the notice board, complete with skid marks and blood stains. It seemed hilarious at the time, but I cringe a little inside at the memory of it all.


59. The Young And The Restless

One of my friends was really boy crazy in a way we all thought was laughable. In particular, she tended to crush on younger boys, like freshmen and sophomores, when we were seniors. She got assigned as an office aide and would use downtime in the school’s front office to look up her crushes’ schedules in the system.

She would then make copies, learn where their classes and lockers were, and “coincidentally” be near there when they were. We teased her a lot about being a stalker who was into kids, but it was all just joking around. In retrospect, it was a lot creepier and more serious than we tended to see back then, especially since she never did outgrow her taste in young boys.


60. Bathroom Break

When I was in the 5th grade, this kid would poop in the sinks and urinals of a couple of the boy’s bathrooms. It got so bad that the staff and teachers had to take kids in groups to use the washrooms at pre-designated times while they waited outside. The culprit was in my class and got caught.

He laughed nonstop and thought we would all think it was funny—which we did, but also annoying since we had to go to the bathroom in groups. He got suspended for a bit, and the incidents never happened again.


61. Listen Now

During our Christmas concert during freshman year, everything was going smoothly. And when we were about to go on stage to bow to the audience, we were lining up waiting to be called. In line, some of the kids started making fun of a flute player. Bad idea. Suddenly, the taunted flautist slammed his instrument down and stormed into the band room.

He then started to scream out threats and really scared some of the other kids. He stayed in the room while we all went on stage, and the teachers heard what happened and checked on him. At school the next day, there was an announcement about it and officers were going to be patrolling the school. Band kids are crazy.


62. Weak Spot

Our middle school had a huge common room area with lockers freestanding at one end in a chevron formation. They were set in something thick and rubbery on the floor and not just placed there, but someone discovered that the lockers at one end of the formation were a little loose. It was a recipe for disaster. One of the students had the idea to kick them.

In the middle of our noisy lunch hour, he took a running start and jump-kicked the lockers. It was a success! The lockers slowly fell over causing a domino effect that was almost slow motion-like. Four rows of lockers ended up falling, which meant that dozens of students were not able to access any of their belongings. No one was hurt since it happened slowly and people had plenty of time to get away.

I didn’t see who actually kicked it, but I could tell by looking at the kid’s face. The school closed off the area, and everyone had to share textbooks until everything was fixed.


63. Airborne News

My friends and I were going to the stairway where we usually stayed for break. But when we opened the door, we all started coughing and choking. Someone had decided to set off a can of pepper spray. We told the teachers, but the emergency service workers didn’t arrive for hours. They did not know what the gas was, and everyone needed to see a doctor and remain inside the classrooms.

All of the parents were coming to the school and creating a mob outside. Two dads got into a fight near the helicopter that had landed in our field and were taken in. All of the news crews turned up and everything.


64. Enough Was Enough

I had a teacher who was lovely, but she was tired of several of our classmates acting like little twits. One day, during our tutoring class with her, several kids kept messing about, picking on her, and full-on blanking her when she spoke to them, acting as if she wasn’t there. They found it hilarious.

My friends and I were quite close with her, so we stayed after that class and asked if she was OK. Her response shook us to the core.

She looked at us and just started crying, saying how she was so tired of the student’s behavior and how they made her not enjoy teaching anymore—she had been teaching for over 20 years. The next day we told the class about it, and their faces dropped. I think, for once, they realized how far they had pushed her. I felt so bad for her.


65. Have A Can Of Dr. Puker

We had a friend who was always asking for a bite of your food or a drink of your drink. So, I bought syrup of ipecac which causes projectile vomiting and is generally used for poison control. I poured it into a can of soda, and when he asked for a sip, I told him he could finish it. He ended up puking on the subway for an hour, trying to get home.

In hindsight, it was not funny at all and was one of my life’s regrets.


66. Data Prank

When we were in high school, teachers had to get the attendance done through a computer before the lesson started. They were doing this by clicking a shortcut on their desktop. So “a friend of mine” changed the URL to nobraindk, which, back in the day, was a famous prank site. He also turned the speaker on to maximum volume.

Then, he turned on the projector which projected the PC screen onto a massive board. The teacher came and clicked the shortcut. The music started to play, “Du, du, du, dudu, du, du, dududuu, du, du, du, dudu,” and the whole class began watching two old, completely bare men going at it, doing nasty things on the big screen. But that wasn’t the worst part.

The thing with that site was that you couldn’t press “X” to quit the video or browser. It would not ever let you quit. It must have hurt the teacher’s feelings because she became furious while we all laughed. She finally had to shut the computer after multiple failed attempts to close the video. After that incident, our class lost the computer for a whole year.


67. A Lone No Longer

I went to school with someone who was anti-authority and goth wearing leather trench coats, makeup, and dyed black hair. He was a loner for most of high school until senior year. Columbine happened, and the next day he came to school dressed like everyone else. He told everyone that he did not want to be disrespectful. Then a week later, he went back to his normal style.

Later on in the year, he was failing a class and had no way to pass, which meant he couldn’t graduate. He went to his teacher for an alternative. His grumpy teacher told him to wear a collared shirt and jeans for the rest of the year with no makeup and he’d pass him. And he did. Weeks later, all of us were cheering him on and talking to him about his change.

He just wondered why he’d dressed the way he did for so long. We watched him make friends and heal. Then he walked at graduation for us.


68. Solving The Problem

A teacher from my middle school had a daughter in high school. Over winter break, the daughter was mad at her parents because they didn’t let her see her boyfriend. She chose to end their lives. In the middle of the night, her boyfriend and a friend came over while she was in the basement and her parents were upstairs. The night ended in unspeakable horror.

They went into the parent’s room and started attacking them with knives. The father didn’t make it, but the mom survived. The daughter went upstairs after hearing “all the commotion” and acted frightened. She called for officers and seemed really shocked and upset. And she was just so close to getting away with it too. Except during a sweep of the house, officers found a map of the house that she drew for her boyfriend to know where to sneak in through the basement.

All three kids are serving time. The mother quit teaching, moved out of town, and has been doing well for herself.


69. Underground Impressions

Some of the cool kids found an old service tunnel that ran under the music room and out to the parking lot. But the door at the end was sealed up, and we could never find one on the outside of the building. It was a crawlspace that opened into what looked like a maintenance room that was empty with nothing interesting. There was nothing in there, but they used to sneak down there to skip their lessons and stuff.

One day, I went along because I wanted to be a cool kid, got stuck in the crawlspace, and had to be rescued by the fire brigade. The hatch got sealed properly, and we all got detention. I wasn’t allowed to be a cool kid again.


70. Her Fate Was Sealed With A Fish

When I was in the 7th grade, some kid I knew hid tuna behind a bookcase in my English teacher’s class that smelled for half the school year. Another kid threw out of a bunch of school iPad keyboards and cases out her class window, and kids generally just treated her like garbage for no reason.

I remember she would get sweat marks on her armpits; kids would just snicker and make fun of her behind her back. I saw her crying a few times, and she quit that year. It was really irritating because I actually liked her; she was a good person and a good teacher who was treated terribly by a bunch of stupid 7th graders.



71.  Cruelty Never Quits

I was in the eighth grade when a Grade 7 kid peed in an autistic student’s shoes from our grade. At first, I remember chuckling at the thought of two shoes having urine in them, which I laughed at in their own exclusive right. But, as I viewed the obviously slightly bigger picture that didn’t take a rocket scientist to see, it just made me sick.

The kid didn’t have the sense to stop before putting on his shoes. He just did it and then freaked out after they were on. Whether or not it was intentionally directed at him was technically unknown, but it seemed too coincidental. However, if the culprit was just cherry-picking victims, he stepped on a land mine.


72. Chalk It Up To Immaturity

When I was in primary school, we had an asthmatic teacher. Our class had a green board with chalk sticks. We found out that if we filled the class up with chalk dust by beating the erasers together, she wouldn’t have class, so that’s what we did. She would have a crisis every day, and because of it, she had to move. We were sad; everybody actually liked her.


73. Boogey Monster

Out of the blue, a random social media page popped up threatening the school if one girl didn’t fess up to something she had done. No one knew who it was, and the girl had no idea what it was about. The account started posting censored naughty videos and pictures of her suggesting that he’d been intimate with the girl. The school went for winter break three days early while the school district tried to figure out its next move.

There was a town hall meeting, and a parent came packing, which caused quite the stir. Officers arrived and brought some students in for questioning, but every student was released based on lack of evidence. The account began posting taunts that the authorities couldn’t catch him. One night, my wife and I were out, and the account posted that the girl was at the mall across the street and something bad was going to happen.

From our restaurant, we watched authorities converge onto the mall. Nothing was there—not even her. Then the page ceased activity after someone from Minnesota admitted to picking a random school, girl, and town to mess around. A few months later, they found the culprit who was some guy from California. It took them forever.


74. Academic List

One week at school, there were a lot of fights—at least one a day. It was getting out of hand, and the faculty didn’t know what was going on or what was causing it. They took all our privileges: no breaks, lunch was done per class, and we had to be escorted from room to room when we came back to class the next week. Our principal had body-slammed one of the kids during a fight the week before.

He came over the intercom during last period and announced that he had a “hit list” for problem students. And he was going to personally ruin their academic career. It was quite sinister. I don’t why he thought this was a good idea—and he definitely paid the price. He was fired two days later for threatening students.


75. Boy, Oh Boy

One teacher was always aggressive to the girls but the complete opposite to the boys. In senior year, the teacher was in charge of planning graduation. The class president always fought with him, and he was ecstatic when she was demoted for getting pregnant. The class vice president took the role. He was also closeted. So, the teacher was even more pleased.

The next year at graduation, the former president walked in yelling about how said teacher took advantage of him and coerced him to do things. The teacher passed out. Everyone found out that he had been doing it for years.


76. Hired Muscle

When I was in junior high, there was a kid who was mean.  He wasn’t too bright, was overweight, on the poor side, and basically a real-life Nelson from The Simpsons. One day at lunch, a group of kids was venting about him, and another kid who was pretty tough just happened to be there. One kid jokingly asked the tough kid, “How much money would it take for you to punch the bully?”

He gave an answer, probably not really thinking it was going anywhere, but one thing led to another, and the kid started what amounted to a grassroots verbal Go Fund Me campaign—long before Go Fund Me or even the internet was a thing—pitching in spare change. The goal was reached, but by that time, the mean kid got wind of what was happening.

He was the first one out of the lunch room, with the tough kid and about 40 other kids chasing behind him because they wanted to see it go down. The tough kid finally caught up to the mean kid just as a teacher stepped into the hall and realized something was going on. She tried to get between the two. The tough kid reached over her and punched the mean kid just once.

Then, he stopped and let the teacher take him to the office without objection. It was like one of those TV shows where someone ends up taking down the perp out of revenge right in front of the authorities and turns around and holds out their hands to be cuffed. Looking back, the mean kid really wasn’t even all that bad.

It was more the threat of being beaten up than him actually acting on it, and it probably was somewhat of a survival mechanism given his personal situation. But when you’re in junior high, you don’t exactly have that wisdom and maturity, so the idea of finding a hired hand to take care of him seemed like karma at the time.


77. Kiss Of Death

There are always a few kids who are ultra weird, never have friends, but also act in a way that prevents them from having friends. We had one of those kids in our school, and one of the class clowns got his phone number. He started texting him, pretending he was one of the hot girls at our high school. He texted him for days, then told him to come to kiss him in between periods.

So, this poor kid walked up to a completely oblivious girl and tried to kiss her in between classes. Everybody was laughing. Now that I think back at it, I’m surprised he didn’t destroy everyone.


78. There Was A Hole In His Theory

I was demonstrating that one could staple the thick muscle area of their leg or forearm and pull out the staple without issue aside from two little needle pricks. Then, this other kid came up to me. He jokingly and obviously sarcastically said, “Okay, do me next!” Without any hesitation, I stapled his arm.

He looked at it for a second, then screamed and pulled out the staple saying, “I didn’t think you’d do it!” Whoops.


79. Rapping Up Conspiracy

This kid thought he was a rapper and tried having a concert outside. But before he could start, the vice principal pulled him off the table and took him away. He was suspended. Then kids were disappearing from class with suspensions for being involved by handing out flyers, posting about the concert, and encouraging him. The principal claimed that the student was inciting a riot.

So, people started posting #FreeHim everywhere, and more kids were suspended. Then one day, everyone wore red to school to “free him,” and more students were suspended.


80. Make It Rain

An illicit dealer paid for our town of 7,000 people. He helped fund the school, law enforcement, the airport, a giant hockey arena, and planting palm trees every spring on the highway. He threw huge events and let every pilot in Minnesota fly out of the airport. He also had enough money to buy them nice cars and take them on trips. But that wasn’t all.

He bought money for every secretary in town and just threw money at anyone who interacted with him. The town was his hub to transport substances around the US. So, he made friends using his money and was able to be successful for years.


81. Two Timing

My middle school and high school were on the same block with the sports field between them. The high schoolers and middle schoolers had class schedules that were off by a few minutes. An eighth-grader and his brother who was a senior at the high school realized that there were three minutes of overlap in our schedules. So, they chose this window to pull the fire alarms at the same time at the schools.

That meant everyone had to walk out to the sports field just in case there was a fire. But because all of the students weren’t in class during that time, there was no attendance to check if everyone had made it out of the school safely. We waited almost an hour before we were allowed inside after the fire department inspected both campuses.

It was easy to catch the culprits because fire alarms spray ink on the person who pulled it.


82. Our Behavior Was Subpar

We had a substitute who had liver disease. He was taking medications, and these medicines made him tired. One day, He passed out in health class while we were watching a movie. One of the troublemakers in our class ran up to him with a Sharpie and drew on the guy’s face. The following year, the same group of kids made our science substitute cry.

They were extremely mean and insulting. The science sub had to get up to leave the room for some reason, and a couple of the boys ran up to the desk, opened his briefcase, and threw his papers all over the place. When he came back into the room, they called him names, and the guy broke down in tears. We never had him again.

We had a rep for being a bad group, and teachers tended to be extra strict with us. After a while, one of the teachers revealed that it was nearly impossible to get a substitute teacher to take an assignment with our grade.


83. The High Price Of Friendship

I had some classmates who were taking money from another kid in order to hang out with him. Then, they bragged about it to the rest of the school. The kid paying was one of those really invisible kids you barely noticed and only knew if they were taking the same subjects as you. This went on for at least two years.

The kid would give them about $20–$30 per person, per activity, on top of paying for whatever cost the activity had attached to it.


84. Up To Their Old Tricks

My 11th-grade math teacher was an elderly woman tasked with teaching a lower-middle math group. She couldn’t control the class, and it became a game for them to wind her up because she’d almost always get another teacher to tell the class off. At the time, the school shared stories about the things they did to make her lose her cool.

However, thinking about it, I realized that students tormenting her was not cool. At one point, I stepped in. Some of the students tried to throw things into her coffee while she wasn’t looking—erasers, paper clips, that kind of thing. I tipped her off before she was able to drink it. She grew to like me because I was one of the only people in the class who wasn’t a jerk to her.

She was a nice enough woman, just not a very commanding teacher.


85. On The Offense

One of the seniors wanted to play a prank on the teachers. He thought peeing in the coffee pot in the teacher’s lounge was his best idea. He was successful until a teacher walked in and asked him what he was doing. Quickly, he made up the excuse that he was looking for his teacher to ask them a question about homework. The teacher was suspicious and did not buy it.

So, she had the truancy officer check the cameras and saw that the student had been in the lounge longer than he had said. Then she told the principal and vice principal about it. I don’t remember if they found out what he did, but he was labeled an “offender” after that.


86. Feel It Too

Many students started feeling sick with some becoming very ill all within a few hours. The authorities came and quarantined the school. They took the sick students to the hospital but never made a diagnosis. They found nothing like a virus or poison or bacterial infection that could explain the rapid onset of symptoms. Their final conclusion was bizarre.

Weeks later, they gave up trying to find the cause and just chalked it up to a case of sympathetic psychosomatic symptoms manifesting throughout the school. School had never been so much fun.


87. Getting Ahead

It was the new kid’s second day at school, and during gym, another kid threw a basketball at his head. So, the new kid threw it back at and hit him. Then he grabbed the kid’s sweatshirt hood and slammed his head into the metal door frame. That wasn’t enough for him because he lifted him and tossed him in the trash can too. The new kid was scrawny and four inches shorter than the other kid who ended up getting a concussion. For some reason, he didn’t get into any trouble.


88. Take A Stand

In high school, we had a geography teacher whose students used to torment him because he’d had a nervous breakdown in the past. This particular teacher used to deal with disruption by asking students to leave his class and stand out in the hallway. So one particular day, we decided to play a game of “how many people can we get standing in the hall by the time the class ended?”

We got up to 14 out of 25 students, and then the vice principal saw us all out there. They got angry at the teacher for making us wait outside instead of just dealing with our nonsense. I believe said teacher eventually retired after yet another nervous breakdown.


89. I Didn’t Want To Get Thrown Under The Bus

Every day, everyone on the bus would chant, “Rosie is fat,” and other horrid things about the bus driver. She got angry and yelled at us to sit down and shut up. We all perceived her to be this huge annoying woman.

But one day, I was thrift shopping, and she was there buying clothes for her son, who was mentally disabled. She saw me and said hello with a smile. It dawned on me then that this woman had a life beyond being tormented by high schoolers, but I never empathized with her in the heat of peer pressure.


90. Thou Art Psycho

When I was about 17 or 18, this kid my age lived with his mom, who would be gone for weeks at a time. He was never right in the head—kind of a psycho problem child—though he was an outstanding artist. We all hung out at his place because, obviously, we would. One day we went over, and he was all excited to show us his latest “work”.

He proudly brought out a large planter. In it were about a dozen deceased baby mice that he had tied onto lashed toothpicks to make them all look like they had been crucified. He thought it was hilarious. Rumor had it that his mom had done a lot of acid while pregnant with him, and given the shenanigans this guy pulled over the years, I believe it.


91. Hands-On Learning

The class clown put his hand down his sweatpants and started going at it while the teacher’s back was turned. He was seated right in the center of the classroom, so everyone knew what was going on because he wanted to be noticed. Most of the class thought it was funny, and the rest didn’t even care.

People were giggling and shying away from the spectacle. He finished on a piece of paper and threw it in the teacher’s trash can at her desk—she never knew.


92. We Drove Him Crazy

One of my high school buddies plugged a tiny USB wireless mouse into our driver’s ed class computer. Whenever the teacher would open up any software to share on the smart board, my buddy would close the application. The teacher was so confused for a solid month. He was older, probably in his late 50s, and just kept becoming infuriated and trying to call IT.

However, the IT department wasn’t there past 4 pm, and our class was at 6 pm. Finally, one day, one of the honor roll kids in our grade said, “Can you please stop messing with him? I actually want to learn”. Everyone laughed as we basically were learning not to have road rage, how to obey traffic signs, and how to drive safely.


93. Of Mice And Men

I had a friend who went to the pet store and bought feeder mice like the ones used to feed snakes. He would pull up beside a car that had a sunroof open or a convertible and throw the mouse inside of the vehicle. One day, he threw a live mouse inside somebody’s car while they were stopped at a red light.


94. Forcing Change

My school decided to get rid of block scheduling. And when they announced this change, all of the students protested. There was a text sent around to the whole school telling everyone to gather in the middle of the school for a “peaceful” protest. But what ended up happening was officers chasing kids in full riot gear.


95. Stay Home

Early in my freshman year, one eighth-grader who was being homeschooled hacked the school website. He made a threat about making the school explode, and then the message to not go to school the next day spread all over on social media. I had to go because my parents thought that nothing would happen, and I had an exam. When I got to school, I saw all these officers and only a fraction of the school.

Some teachers didn’t even come. One girl decided to go inside to use the washroom, and when she came back, everyone looked at her as if she was magical. Nothing happened at school, and they caught the kid.


96. Crossing The Line

My school was in Ontario close to the Québec border. One grade 12 student lived in the middle of nowhere near the border, so one of the teachers who lived on the Québec side drove him to school. But then she stopped. Her student had developed “unhealthy” feelings for her, and she requested that he be removed from her classroom. But it was all doomed to the most tragic ending.

He kept writing her long love letters and contacting her. He found her address from a phonebook, got into her house when she was away for the weekend, and hung himself from an exposed pipe in her laundry room, leaving behind a letter explaining that she was entirely responsible for his end because she rejected his love.


97. The Name Game

In our school, there was a teacher who had a mole. So, of course, the kids gave her the most obvious and mean nickname possible. 

They called her “Mole”. She must have felt really hurt because she eventually had the mole removed, leaving a little dent where it used to be. However, everyone didn’t stop calling her names after that. They started calling her “Hole” instead.


98. The Dumbest Of The Dumb

I went to a technical high school, where one week was academics, and the next was trade school learning, and so on. I had plumbing, which was taught by an old Vietnam veteran who deserved major props once we found his record and what he had done. His heroism was unbelievable.

He had carried his wounded friend to a helicopter while under enemy fire and sustained a shrapnel wound. As a result, he needed to take very strong medication. When I was in 11th and 12th grades, he was gone for the majority of the school year, so we broke into his desk and found his morphine patch.

Being dumb, we thought this would be a fine time to let someone wear it. We finally realized the enormity of our screw-up when someone asked the kid how he felt.

He told us he felt his heartbeat was slowing down. It was a collective “Oh no” moment as everyone rushed forward to remove the patch. He lived, and our substitute, who was an English teacher—not a plumbing teacher—had no clue it ever happened. We were not a smart group.


99. In The End

Just after graduation, our high school party was held at a farm. Well, the one guy who was always quiet but universally liked tried to take a girl against her will. She had been really hammered, and he had gotten her into his truck, and tried to drive off. The girl’s boyfriend was looking for her and found him trying to leave with her.

After stopping him, and getting the poor girl back to safety, the authorities were called. They searched the guy’s truck—and made the most disturbing discovery. Officers found a kit with rope, gloves, knives, and various other tools. If he hadn’t been caught, that girl would’ve been a goner.


100. Something’s Missing

One day, we all got to school, and no teachers were to be found. Everyone went to first period, then almost an hour later, our teacher walked in and had been crying. During announcements, the principal told us that our semi-famous football coach and teacher had passed. The details shocked us to the core: His son had assailed him and his wife the night before.

His son was nowhere to be found, so the school told us to get a ride home if we could. If anyone didn’t have a ride, they had to go to the library to wait for the busses. It rocked the entire community.


101. Un-Clucky Guy

One of my classmates was the captain of the wrestling team and a star football player. We had an English together who’d been a younger vivacious boys’ volleyball coach at her previous school. Her husband was also a great wrestling coach and decided to take my classmate under his wing. They spent a lot of time together. My classmate improved a lot under the English teacher’s husband.

He won many times and did so well at state level that he got a full ride to a top school. Then, after graduation, their dark secret finally got out. Everyone heard that he had been sleeping with the English teacher for quite a long time. She left her husband, my classmate’s mentor, for her student.


102. On My Father’s Grave

My worst teacher asked me, “Didn’t your father ever teach you how to act?” I had to inform him that my father had died four years earlier. Two weeks later, my step-dad comes to pick me up for an appointment saying he’s here to pick up his child. When the teacher was over the phone with the office, he asked, “You mean the deceased father is here for pick up?”

All through high school, that teacher just kept doubling down and never showed remorse for what he had said. He would chase me into other classrooms because I had a hat on and I needed to take it off. This gave me motivation to become the compassionate, empathetic, and awesome teacher that I am today. My kids always get the benefit of the doubt and I respect them.


103. Couldn’t Hold It

He urinated in my desk chair. Swear. To. God. He peed in my chair and the students noticed it and mentioned it to him. He ignored them and just sat there anyway with a huge puddle of urine on the floor. The kids called security on him. I came in the next day and sat in the chair. It was wet and about that time a security guard stuck her head in the door and said “Don’t sit there, that guy peed in your chair”.


104. Do The Right Thing

In my junior year in high school a teacher collapsed in class and went into full cardiac arrest. The student who called the emergency number was suspended because school policy stated an administrator had to make that decision. It was truly one of the most ridiculous things I’ve ever heard. It took them half an hour to approve an emergency call for a student in my class the same year who cracked his skull open during a seizure.


105. Casting Dispersions

When I was in Grade 6, I fractured my left wrist but it was my dominant hand so I had to poorly write with my right hand. The teacher forced me to write with my left while I had a cast. I couldn’t even grasp the pencil. I cried a lot. Then a couple of months went by and got my cast off, the sub told me to suck it up and write with my left hours after getting my cast off. I felt like jelly and intense pain.

Also, that sub once asked a deaf kid to take off his hearing aids. The other kids tried to tell her he needed them but to her, they “looked like headphones”. The sub cried when confronted by another teacher. The teacher was fired at the end of the year because of “unnecessary complaints”.


106. Joy Ride Gone Wrong

This girl had a huge clique of friends. They would harass people they didn’t like or wanted to “remove,” as in they’d make them change schools. This girl would do things like find out information about you, send you fake love letters, or find out where you live and whenever the cool kids would drive by, they’d throw stuff at you. But her worst act ruined her.

One day, she convinced this freshman that they should film a fun prank-style video for YouTube. He was supposed to do a “Ghost riding the whip” thing where he was on the roof of the car while no one appeared to be at the wheel. She was driving it, and while the kid was surfing on the roof, she accelerated as fast as she could down the street, just to be mean. Meanwhile, the kid tumbled off…and fell into a coma.

She later said, “It was his fault. I mean, it was his idea after all!” No one was buying it. She was hated and only a few of her friends remained with her. I have no idea where she is now or how she is doing, and I’d like to keep it that way.


107. She Gambled And Won

There was this girl “Kelly” who was very tiny, quiet, and seemingly well-mannered. Very unassuming girl, I don’t think anyone knew who she was. Then, one insane day, we learned the dark truth about her. Out of the blue, she was ESCORTED OFF CAMPUS BY THE AUTHORITIES for stealing the credit card information of 14 students and going on a shopping spree. She disappeared for a year before somehow being allowed back in for her senior year.

Instead of being a pariah, this girl somehow became a legend. “Free Kelly” posters would pop up with her mugshot on them, her name was incorporated into chants used at football games like she was a curse that could be used against the opposing team, and she was at the top of everyone’s party invite list.


108. A Gourmet Experience

In my pleasantly morbid toddler class today, I was schooled on how to properly prepare a nice, elegant meal for friends and family. One of my children—who, for this story, will be called Master Chef—decided it was definitely time for a tea party. So, we all gathered around the little table, set nicely with clashing colors of cups and plates.

He had set out spoons, and even a little pitcher with some fake flowers on the center of the table. I was obviously thoroughly impressed already. This was phenomenal, romantic, and everyone was eager to eat whatever plastic entree he was about to present to us. Finally, Master Chef turned from the play kitchen, and yelled, “It’s prepared”. My jaw literally DROPPED.

He then began to pull out dismembered baby dolls from the microwave. Master Chef had taken seven baby dolls, dismembered them, and then shoved them into the microwave. Now, this was creepy and hilarious enough, as is. But I made the grave mistake of asking, “Oh, Master Chef, where are the heads?” as they were not present in our current display of food.

He replied with, “Freezing, we don’t want the brains to squish in our teeth”. He then opened the doors to the play fridge, and on display were eight decapitated doll heads lined up meticulously. No further questions were asked. The food was delicious. We all enjoyed the main meal and loved our frozen dessert. We have yet to locate the eighth body. I’m not sure I want to.


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109. Playing Possum

I’m a substitute teacher and this just happened today. I was working in a second-grade class and after lunch I had a student try to go to sleep. I told him that he needed to wake up as we had work to do. At first, he refused and I thought that he might not be feeling well. I asked if he needed to see the nurse and he said that he did not.

He then moved to the floor where he proceeded to “fall asleep” for the next hour. After trying everything to get him up, I called the office. A nurse came to look at him and determined it was a behavior issue. The principal came and together they removed the student who went totally limp and they had to carry him out of the class.

I thought that this was the end of the issue, but five minutes later I got called out into the hall. The student was still “sleeping” and the principal had the authorities on the phone. I explained the situation to her and my belief that this was a work avoidance issue. However, the principal had to do her job, which I understood and backed up. I’ll never forget what happened next.

Paramedics came and tried to revive this kid. They finally said they needed to give him a shot and draw some blood and what do you know, the second he heard that he was wide awake and crying. I kid you not. This kid played possum for almost two hours and let it go far enough for the principal to call the authorities for help. I just don’t know anymore. Where do seven-year-olds even learn this stuff?



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