Teachers Share The Time Karma Finally Caught Up To That One Horrible Student

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Teaching is not an easy job, especially when teachers have to educate kids who don’t know how to act. Often times, their hands are tied as kids tend to get away with most of their crimes. But sometimes they don’t. Sometimes, karma catches up to these horrible students and bites them so hard that the teachers are left feeling like justice is served. If you’d like to be entertained by some of the funniest and most well-deserved stories about bad kids and karma, all you have to do is keep reading.

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40. Acceptance DENIED!

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This one student had an ego so large it could barely fit into the room. However, this individual was very intelligent and often scored near perfect on exams; they wanted to go to med school. What made this person troublesome- every detail was a small battle they had to win.

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They would bring articles about how one small minute detail was incorrectly taught. One point off on an exam was met with highlighted notes from the book, PowerPoint, and articles on how they were correct. Mind you, the score on the exam was 99%. Justice was realized when they did not get into medical school. One school e-mailed the pre-professional guidance counselor and told them how much of a jerk this individual was during the interview.

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39. Busted Three Ways

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In freshman English, I busted a kid for plagiarism; he was furious and refused to drop the course. I gave him a second chance and he continued to plagiarize. He was a slimy, smarmy kid who thought I was just a dumb, clueless TA, but the joke was on him—he ended up failing the course THREE ways.

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He was caught plagiarizing, had exceeded his absences, and for failing to turn in a complete final. You can argue about one way to get an F, but you can’t argue about three.

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38. Broadcasting Her Crimes

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I taught high school science/math for four years in a rougher part of Melbourne’s (Australia) western suburbs. Most of our kids were pretty amazing for their circumstances, but we always had a handful of students that were crazy. One girl in particular (around 15- to 16-years-old) was a massive pain in my butt. She would take any chance to disrupt the class, shout very obscene things, get into fights with other students, and much more. She generally thought she ran the school for some reason, and I wasn’t the only teacher who had a massive problem with her. Unfortunately, there wasn’t too much we could do aside from sending her through the detention-system. You can’t just kick a student out of school for being a jerk (very unfortunate).

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Anyways, one day she was around the VP’s office, and she noticed in the back corner of the office a stack of cash that the VP kind of stupidly left out. So, the student didn’t hesitate to grab the cash and run outside. Here’s where her stupidity got the best of her: not 10 minutes after stealing around a thousand in cash she Facebooked, “Just stole a thousand dollars off [VP’s name] desk…what a moron!” It took about 5 minutes for another student to see this and show it to another teacher. The cops were called, and well, the rest is pretty self-explanatory. Sometimes you just have to let the Darwin-awards take care of themselves….justice!

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37.  A Firey Ending

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I teach at a high school. I locked horns with a student a few years back; she was smug about everything, came from a prominent local family, was a generally horrible person, but was completely untouchable. Her parents would always complain to me about things that would happen in class. The student went on a field trip to a local museum and got kicked off the tour for being her normal idiotic self. After a few phone calls, the museum actually apologized to her. As much as it sucked having to deal with the student and her parents, I understood it was a one-year thing and then I’d never have to deal with her again, so I just tried to push through.

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At the end of the year, the school gave away a used car that had been donated by an anonymous member of the community. The draw was open to students with a certain GPA. The student didn’t qualify because of the grade she’d received from me. She and her parents lost their heads over it and wanted me to change the grade. The principal heavily suggested that I go along with it, mostly because she was really close grade-wise and since she most likely wouldn’t win the car anyway. I rounded the grade up just to keep everyone from hating on me. And the student totally won the bloody car. I was freaking angry. Two weeks later, the car caught on fire as she smoked while pumping gas. She escaped without injury, but the car was a total loss.

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36. Never Stealing Again

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The teacher kept a pack of Oreos behind the whiteboard and when he would walk out of the class, students would jump and grab some and eat them before he came back.

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The teacher noticed so he put really hot sauce inside the Oreos and left on purpose. He came back in and the kids who stole the cookies were left heavily breathing and sweating. They never stole cookies again.

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35. The Grade Changing Game

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I had a student in my first year of teaching that had 20% in a high school English class. She only had that high of a grade because I felt sorry for her and stopped putting in zeros in the grade book, leaving the spots blank instead. She was always late and obnoxious, so the low grade wasn’t surprising. We had just finished an activity, and it was around the end of the year, so we had state testing. She said she was finished with her activity for Romeo and Juliet and asked if she could get on my computer to study for her geography final. I said okay.

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What I didn’t realize is that she accessed my grade book. Her 20% magically became 80%. When I found out, I was furious. Absolutely pissed. Well, for my class, we had folders that the students kept their work in. I went back through her folder and put in anything that she had. She had just thrown away a bunch of stuff from the last unit, so anything missing, whether it was a warm-up or a test, went in as a zero. Her grade ended up becoming 12%. The next class, I was greeting people in the hallway before they came in and pulled her aside. I handed her a grade report and said that something had happened with the grade book after she got on my computer last class and her grade was changed but that she shouldn’t worry because I changed it back to what it was supposed to be. She immediately got on the defensive and said she didn’t do it, yadda yadda, lip service. I said it didn’t matter if gnomes did it; this is your current grade based on the assignments I have in class and that I hoped she’d try harder in 9th grade next year.

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34. Banned for Being Evil

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There was a clique of the ‘popular’ kids who were often jerks and acted out because, hey, it was ‘funny’ in high school. Our city had a living center for those with mental illness that also had a public swimming pool, and when we got to the swim module in the gym, that was where we headed.

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Well, one day, there was a 14-year-old at the pool with low-functioning autism. And one of the jerks decided that it’d be funny to sit there and growl at him aggressively (like a hostile dog). The 14-year-old lost it; he freaked right out. The kid’s aid figured out what happened and went to talk to the teacher about it. The cool guy was then banned from the center. And automatically failed the module. They choose to take it a step further and decided that he instantly failed the gym course, losing the credits he needed to graduate, in addition to a lengthy suspension.

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33. Putting Him In His Place

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I’m not a teacher but a friend of mine, who is a kindergarten teacher, had one student last year that would always make fun of everyone to the point of making other kids cry. She had another student who was adopted, and after he had told some of the kids in the class that he was, the bully overheard; he started making fun of him by saying things like, “No one likes you. No one wanted you.”

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She was about to intervene, but the adopted kid spoke up and said, “My parents got to choose me, but yours got stuck with you.” The kid didn’t say anything for the rest of the day. My friend said she tried her best not to burst out laughing.

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32. Justice is Served…Kinda

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A kid I went to high school with got in trouble at school for telling a substitute teacher to “eff off” when she asked him to put his phone away. In the office, he allegedly threw the principal’s hot coffee into the guys face. When the school resource officer cuffed him, he started screaming and wailing and said he was going to get the entire school arrested for assaulting and bullying him.

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The thing is, this guy was easily the biggest in bully in school, and because his daddy was the District Attorney, he thought he could get away with anything, and he usually did. He was back at school two days after this happened and had a smug smile on his face. But two months later his daddy was arrested, removed from his position, and charged with tampering with evidence and interfering with investigations. Apparently, he was using his position to get friends and family out of trouble with the law, and the feds picked up on it.

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31. High But Not Dry

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A few years ago, I was in college, walking down the sidewalk to my next class. It had just finished raining heavily, and the road was punctuated by very large puddles. So, not a drop was falling, and I’m walking down the sidewalk, umbrella in hand- just an average Joe. Coming my way are a group of four girls, very pretty, but really snobby-looking- the type who are so conceited, if you glance in their general direction, they’re already sneering at you as if you’re checking them out. So as they’re nearing me, I see a large, rusted pickup truck barreling my way down the road, at a high speed.

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I suddenly realized what’s going to happen and immediately drop to a crouch, open my umbrella to the side facing the road. The girls are probably five feet in front of me. One of them says, in that snobby-girl voice, “Um, what the hell are you doing?” The other ones start laughing in chorus. The truck swerves into the puddle, throwing a freaking ten-foot typhoon of muddy water up onto the sidewalk! The truck blares its horn, continuing on its merry way. NOT A DROP had touched me; my dorky ninja move had saved me. The girls were all covered head to toe in filthy, college town muddy ditch water, soaked, hair all messed up, clothes stained, snotty looks frozen in astonishment. Without missing a beat, I stand up and flatly state, “Keeping dry.” It was the most epic moment I have ever had.

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30. Stealing Never Pays

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I had a student that was a real twerp. He was always doing things he was not supposed to and purposely causing conflict with other students. He was a daily headache. One day in class, he stole a candied pepper from one of the other students and ate it. It was a very hot pepper (not sure of the type). At first, I didn’t notice because he is a sneaky kid. He started to sweat, and his sweat turned to tears. “I need to go to the bathroom,” he cried, “My mouth, my mouth!” I went to investigate and found out what happened.

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The karma payback plan was now collecting, and I refused to let him go get a drink and continued with the math instruction in hopes of teaching him a lesson. For the next few minutes, he pleaded with me to go to the nurse with tears running down his face. I said, “I do not negotiate with thieves.” He started running around in circles. It wasn’t until he started sobbing and crying out, “I just want my mom,” that I finally felt bad and said, “If I take you to the nurse, are you ever going to act out in class again?” He promised that he wouldn’t, and he never did. The tears and sobbing in front of his peers broke his ego, and he was a stellar student for the rest of the school year.

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29. No Snacks For You

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When I was teaching ESL, I once had a kid who thought he was the cat’s pajamas; he was sporty, relatively bright, quite popular with his boy classmates but went out of his way to annoy the girls. He was constantly stealing pencils, copying work, messing up their hair, etc. He clearly just didn’t know how to interact with females.

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One day, he broke his leg and had to be on crutches awhile. I was teaching his class for a double period, so the kids got a 10-minute break (with snacks provided by the school) in between. As soon as I announced break time, the girl next to him took both crutches and ran away with them to play a game of baseball with the crutch as the bat. Snacks got dealt out one by one, so kids weren’t allowed to fetch for their friends. His friends all abandoned him for Choco Pies, and he was left sitting, immobile and alone. I decided not to intervene…

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28. “An Ego the Size of Texas”

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I was teaching music and I had a flutist who was fantastic. He practiced four hours every day and wanted to be the next James Galway (the guy who does the flute Shire theme in the Lord of the Rings). Unfortunately, he had an ego the size of Texas. He told the girl next to him, who also wanted to be a professional flutist, that she was abysmal and should just go to hell. He refused to audition for our local honor band, which was part of his grade, because he refused to lower himself to playing with such talentless musicians. He would complain about my conducting in class when I wouldn’t cue him because I was too busy cueing the low brass who needed help with their entrances (aka teaching). He refused to play a theme from a popular video game at a concert, something that we play to get people to attend because we need that money to keep the program going. It was apparently “not artistic enough.” Then he refused to show up to a concert because he was embarrassed to be seen performing with his high school band.

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So, he failed band, and I kicked that toxic little brat out. But he was talented, and he wanted to be a flutist, so he auditioned for Juilliard and made it in. This idiot quits before the first semester is over because he believed he was more talented than his teachers. He earned a symphony gig in a very well-known group thanks to a blind audition where he wasn’t permitted to talk and reveal how much of a creep he was. That lasted two weeks before he dissed the very famous conductor’s conducting and got his butt fired. His career is dead because he couldn’t keep his ego in check, and I find it immensely satisfying.

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26. A Series of Crimes

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During my first semester of teaching, I was faced with a junior class of 19 boys and one girl at a very wealthy school. They were in the lowest English class, and 75% of them were entitled brats. There was a group of four who were the absolute worst though. They never did their work, said disrespectful things to me, bullied their classmates, and were overall awful human beings whose parents never seemed to discipline them when I called home.

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I often overheard them bragging about getting away with stuff (like drinking at football games and smoking in the parking lot), and I reported their conversations to admin- but it was never enough to actually get them in trouble. The four worst kids ended up getting arrested for stealing a car, crashing it, and breaking into a clubhouse. Also, three out of the four failed my class. That was great karmic justice.

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25. Bad Hair(cut) Day

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There was a student who was always causing problems. He didn’t do his work, picked on other kids, damaged property, etc. One night at home, he was arguing with his parents about getting a haircut and locked himself in the bathroom and gave himself the haircut.

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It was awful. Picture lots of bald spots. His dad was fed up with his behavior, so he made him go to school with his ridiculous hair for a day before taking him to get it shaved.

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24. That’s What You Get

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I teach kindergarten, and I had a terrible, terrible child in my class last year. He liked to pull his desk away from the girl sitting across from him so her pencils and crayons would go falling on the floor. Finally, one day, she got fed up and slammed her desk back into his.

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Unfortunately for him, his fingers happened to be there. I had to resist the urge to be like “that’s what you get!” but instead, I just reminded him that that’s why I said not to move his desk away from the rest of the table and sent him to the nurse.

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23. For the Love Of Biting

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I’m not a teacher, but one time when I was in kindergarten, a kid looked me straight in the eyes, bit himself on the wrist – hard – and ran to the teacher and blamed me. That little brat! They sent me to the principal’s office; my mom was called down, I got yelled at and cried.

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A week later, the kid did it again and the teacher saw him do it. It felt so good to have the principal apologizing profusely to me, while that little creep got a mouthful from his parents.

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22. Thanks For the Extra Homework

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When I was younger, the teacher got tired of the kid who kept disrupting the class and gave extra homework to EVERYONE in the class EXCEPT the troublesome kid.

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She also made all the students write, “Thanks for the extra homework, [name].” Somehow he stopped believing he was cool after that.

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21. Pig Curiosity

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I taught a comparative anatomy animal dissection lab section back in college. I had one kid in a section (let’s call him Kevin) who never listened to dissection instructions and just dove in with a scalpel, dicing and chopping and generally mutilating most of the internal organs. His first karmic warning came when we were dissecting a squid, and he got squid ‘juice’ on himself. He smelled awful for the rest of that class. However, he kept on ignoring instructions and hacking away and this time, karmic justice struck on our very last dissection project, the fetal pig.

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Kevin really wanted to see the pig’s brain, but couldn’t get through the skull, so he started whacking away at it with the butt of a flat pry knife. I told him to stop, but he had to give it one last, mighty thwack…Crack! The skull broke and rubbery piglet brain bits went flying out everywhere, but mostly over Kevin, splattering him. Unfortunately, while protesting my refusal to let him dice this piglet into pancetta cubes, Kevin had his mouth open. Thankfully, preserved pig brain ingested orally seemed to have a calming, subduing effect on Kevin for the last couple of classes.

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20. A Proven Liar

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I had a kid who was really horrible when I taught 5th grade. This kid, let’s call him Ray, had one of those moms who refused to hold him accountable for anything. It was always, “Some other kid did it,” “Ray was just protecting himself,” “Ray just wanted to fit in,” “Ray was being targeted.” Also, she was one of those mothers who would ask Ray if he were guilty and take his “No” as the incontestable truth. She would say, “My son doesn’t lie to me.” Anyway, I had a full caseload as a special ed teacher, so I got a paraprofessional (call him Steve). Ray HATED Steve. He had some kind of issue with male authority figures. One day Ray got in trouble coming back from recess and Steve reprimanded him (verbally). By the time Ray made it to the classroom, he was saying how Steve got in his face and shouted at him (nope).

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He asked to go talk to the principal and tells the principal how Steve grabbed his arm. When his mom came and got him, the story changed to Steve pushing him. The next day, we got a phone call where we learned that Ray’s mom and grandma wanted to come in and meet with Steve and the principal to discuss how Steve choked Ray. Steve was freaking out. Other kids were there but no adults and no cameras. How could he prove his innocence? I told him, “Go to the meeting, and before anybody says anything, have Ray share what happened.” Steve came back smiling. As soon as one story came out, everybody else was disagreeing, “Well Ray told me—” “But Ray told ME…” I would have loved to see the mom’s face as her kid was proven a liar in front of everyone.

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19. You’re Not That Smart

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I interned in a class with this kid who always thought he was smarter than everyone else. He was pretty smart but not by too much. He always got paired with kids not as smart as him, so he would always be really smug when dealing with them. We learned he got that from his parents, during a parent-teacher conference. His parents praised him up and down and thought he was the smartest kid in the school. They built him up like that, and they got him thinking that too. Then they went off on my mentor teacher. She “wasn’t providing him with higher enough education; she was bringing him down; she was terrible.” The conference ended when my mentor teacher left the room crying after the verbal lashing.

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Well, about a week later, there was an event where parents came to watch their children in class. It was to watch them do math games with other students. Well, my mentor teacher paired this smug little toad with the actual smartest kid in class; the one who was working on more advanced classes after school. The kid got shamed and his parents were so flustered during the event. They were very visibly nervous and upset as this kid got destroyed game after game. They left before it was all done and took him out of school for the rest of the day.

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18. The No-Nonsense Nun

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I was in pre-K in the early ’80s at a private Catholic school. This one kid, Amy, would always bite the other kids. I don’t remember exactly how it went down, but I guess one day I came home crying or had a really bad bite mark or something and my mom was PISSED. She took me straight to the superintendent, not the principal, and showed her what happened. The superintendent, a really old nun, did not put up with that crap.

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She called Amy into her office and bit the heck out of her arm. Amy started crying, but she never bit anyone again. Old nuns in the ’80s were hardcore. Note: I am not saying what happened was right, just that it happened.

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17. Karma For Being An Idiot

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I taught a jerk kid who teased others and ragged on them all the time. The kids would go through the whole routine of trying to be nice, trying to fit in, trying to stand up to him, telling on him, pretty much the whole thing. Nothing worked, the guy was just awful.

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Junior year of high school, he and one of his jerk friends were driving his brand-new Camaro late one night. They were inebriated and driving 70mph+ in a 35mph area, when they hit a tree. The bully put himself in a coma and gave his friend a few broken bones and had to finish the school year in a wheelchair. I don’t like to wish those kinds of injury on anyone, but if it had to happen to someone, I’m glad it happened to someone who deserved it.

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16. Taking Too Much Pleasure

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I had two students once write on their TA evaluation of me, saying that I was the “worst TA ever,” that they were majors in the subject and were “highly concerned if this was the quality of education the department provided,” and one was “considering transferring.” Basically, they tried to get me in trouble/ fired, not knowing I’m the only one who saw them.

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A few terms later, I was teaching a class they were in (not as their TA), and I had the pleasure of watching them fail. One of them had my lab mate for a TA, and I got to hear her complain about how stuck up the students were, considering their “stupidity” (lab mate isn’t as nice as I am). I took way too much pleasure in grading their exams.

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15. Just Letting Them Be

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As a teacher, sometimes you just have to let things be. And that’s exactly what happened in this instance. We were on a school trip and there was this one kid who used to pick on others all the time. He was an arrogant idiot. One time, he sat next to another student and tried to pull the old “Hey, did you know if your hand is bigger than your face, then you have cancer?”

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The other student wasn’t falling for it, so he put his hand against his own face in order to try and show them what to do. What did the student do? He turned his own prank against the bully and smacked his hand into his face. His nose started bleeding quite badly. It was good to watch.

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14. A Major Freak Out

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We were meeting in the computer lab for a week because the students were working on projects. One of my students was hanging out with his girlfriend before class started. I was in the classroom, so I wasn’t paying any attention to the conversation. He walked into the room and was fuming. When I asked him what was wrong, he didn’t respond. But he went to his computer and punched the screen.

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I tried to calm him down, but he picked up the table, which had five computers on it, and tipped it over. I got the rest of the students out and called security. He absolutely destroyed the computer lab. He was suspended for the rest of the year, was banned from prom and graduation, and his parents had to pay for the damages.

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13. Caught In the Act

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This little snot of a girl always managed to get me in trouble for stuff I didn’t do; she would say I slapped her in tag until my PE coach saw her bite herself and try to pin it on me.

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She was sent to the principal’s office for being dishonest and came back crying and had to sit on the sidelines for the rest of PE. I’m glad she finally got called out for her nonsense.

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12. Pretty Obvious Evidence

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A child one ran crying to me (the teacher) saying that another boy bit him. There is a massive bite mark on his arm and he showed it to me through his tears. 

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So, I called both children over and got them to open their mouths. The bite mark was missing the two front teeth and so did the child who was crying. It was pretty easy to solve after that.

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11. Pay Attention to the Poison Ivy

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I’m a park ranger; we do this “urban education initiative” to bus inner-city kids out to a wetland. There was this one kid; let’s call him Pablo, who was in the third grade and was the class’s “funny guy.” During a live animal demonstration, he would ask about its nipples and then repeat the word nipple louder so everyone could laugh. While we’re walking, he would talk about animal poop the whole time. Of course, I was professional and answered the questions because I begrudgingly know a lot about scat and nipples. Every learning opportunity for other kids, he would barge in and take everybody out of the moment. Every time I got kids excited about nature, he would make some lame peer pressure gesture, so the vibe was ‘no, nature sucks.’ I wanted to push him into some briars pretty bad.

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Justice came swiftly when I was explaining poison ivy to half the group. He swaggers over and does some kind of “These leaves? MINE!” prank to disrupt the focus of the group. I wanted to tell him it was poison ivy but instead told him to put it down, and the other kids were like “drop it!” The reverse psychology made him caress the leaves even more, but before he touched his face, I had to tell him what they were. Pablo then cried. His crude but cool guy persona was shattered and everybody listened to me for the rest of the field trip.

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10. Felt Like Justice To Be

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One of my favorite things about being a teacher is when a child experiences “natural consequences” like tripping after they refuse to stop running or accidentally hitting themselves when they are trying to flail around to get away from you. My favorite, though, was from a preschooler. He used to army crawl under the lunch tables and jump off the furniture.

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One day in the lunchroom, he got upset for some unidentifiable reason. He stood, rooted in one spot, and screamed that he was NEVER MOVING. He wanted to make a point, so he stomped as viciously as he could. He was wearing really flat-footed sandals on a hard floor and must have hit the ground with a perfectly level foot. His face was like a cartoon. His mouth made an immediate upside U and he screamed like that guy on Spongebob who yells, “my leg!!” It just felt like justice to me.

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9. Years Worth Of Karma

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I’m not a teacher, but someone who wronged me got some epic karma, years later. When I was in first grade, this kid threw pocket sand into my eyes and then ran to the teacher saying that I threw sand into his eyes.

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I was so confused that I couldn’t defend myself and I got time out. Years later, he went to prison for being an accomplice to a really horrible crime.

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8. Instant Karma

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The story that comes to mind is this girl who routinely flipped out; she normally starts out doing her normal routine of screaming, threatening, and then throwing her desk about three feet toward whomever she’s pissed at, then proceeds to the nearest bookshelf to begin clearing it off. So, here she is, throwing these books over her shoulder, and then she grabs a dictionary. Dictionaries are special to her. Mind you, this is a hardback, thick dictionary, the kind that has every word ever imaginable in the smallest print that still manages to have the most complete definition of the word ‘the’ that I’ve ever seen.

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Anyway, she grabs this and attempts to lob it over her head. The dictionary is hurled heavily but slips out over her head and makes a high arc. She looks up at it only to see it coming down…right…into..her…stunned…face. The dictionary misses her eye by an inch and smacks her just to the left of her nose. Blood immediately coming out of her nose, tears follow and the entire class is laughing. I wanted to feel bad, but she was the worst kind of person—constant bully, highly aggressive, attention-seeking, and volatile. For the curious, I believe she went on to a state hospital.

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7. All About the Air Conditioning

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I had a first-grader who was hot (we did not have air conditioning), so he stood up, knocking over his chair. That wasn’t enough, so he threw the chair then walked to my desk and cleared it off with a swipe of his arm. After that, he pushed the intercom button calling the office and before they could answer, he stepped into the hall to sit down to wait for the principal.

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Once the principal arrived to take him to the air-conditioned office, the student bit the principal on the arm (we heard the hollering as we were trying to clean up). He was suspended for three days and got to stay home in his air-conditioned apartment.

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6. I’m Not Sorry

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I teach college students to be teachers. My first year doing this, I had a student who was always late, turned in the bare minimum of work and always had excuses. I told him he had to improve because if he did this on the job, he’d get fired.

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He kept coasting and the other professors let him get by. His first teaching job? He got fired. I laughed (in the privacy of my office) and I’m not sorry. 

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5. Faking It Until It’s Too Late

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I was a substitute teacher for a low SES district one year. Most of the students I got were great, but there were a few who were just awful. I had to teach English in a class of mostly Spanish speakers, but we had a few from other languages, too. One kid was faking not being able to speak English at all (I overheard him speaking in rather good English to his friends during group work time); whenever I would try and talk to him/get him back on task/etc., he would just scream at me in his native language and act like he couldn’t understand a word I said.

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As a sub, I only have so much power over these students, and as I was about to call in a resource officer to deal with it, campus security came in and stood right in front of this student’s desk. He asked the child to come with him to the office, and suddenly this kid spoke perfect English, professing he didn’t do anything and that he was just messing around. Apparently, he’d been yelling at me so loudly that the officer heard him through the closed door and thought there was a fight or something. The officer took him to the office, and the class proceeded without a hitch. I later learned this student had a history of bad behavior and belligerence, and this was his last chance to straighten up or be expelled and sent to the alternative ed school.

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4. Got You the Second Time

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Some kids are great liars. And one almost got me until karma gave her a swift kick in the butt. I once had a kid who threw a lock at my head not get expelled because “it just slipped out of her hand.”

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I was so mad that I did not get the justice I deserved, but her actions quickly caught up to her. She got expelled a few months later for bringing a banned item to school. I was so happy.

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3. All It Took Was Retaliation

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My ex-wife did substitute teaching for a couple of years and always had this one kid who’d throw stuff at other kids, heat up his pen by rubbing it really fast on paper, and then burn someone by touching it to their neck, kicking other kids in their seat. He was basically a grade-A piece of doo-doo.

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One day during class, the kid kept kicking the boy in front of him in the side of his head; the child he was messing with got so angry that he got out of his seat and pushed the bully over along with his desk, while wielding a pencil and threatening to hurt him if my wife didn’t have him removed from the class. She promptly sent the bully to the office, and he never messed with anyone else in class again.

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2. A Lesson Not Learned

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I taught an awful 5th-grade class once- there were behavior problems were galore and insubordination like you’ve never seen. There was this one real piece of work that did everything he could to get attention and could not be controlled. He constantly had his parents coming in, he was losing field trips, missing recess, but nothing made a difference. Everyone was at a loss.

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Anyway, he did this annoying thing where he would pretend to slam his head on his desk. He would get close to making it look like his head hit, but he’d really slam his hand underneath the desk to make the bang without otherwise making contact with the desk. I think you can guess what happened one day when he was in pain, clenching his head for a solid five minutes. It was hard not to laugh at that self-inflicted karma. After that, he went right back to the same shenanigan and hit his head again about a week later. He never learned his lesson.

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1.  Too Little Too Late

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At the very end of the year, I had a student failing my class and who didn’t bother to try to get help until the last day. She failed because she never showed up for class, ever. Like to the point where I didn’t recognize her. She tells me, “You’re the only class I’m failing and if I don’t get a D, I won’t graduate.” So I went to the school grade book to see if this is true. I said, “Hmm, according to this, you have a 13% in math and an incomplete in chemistry.” She replied, “No, that’s wrong. I already talked to those teachers, and they said my grade was up. You’re the only one who is failing me.” So I said, “Why don’t we give your math teacher a call and find out?”

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So, I dialed the extension for her math teacher. “Mr. Math teacher, the student tells me that she isn’t failing your class and that the grade in the book is incorrect. Is that true?” The math teacher responded with, “Actually, the grade in the book is incorrect. I just discovered the one piece of homework she did turn in was actually a photocopy of another student’s work. She now has a zero in my class.” She did not graduate- for many, many reasons, grades and attendance being only part of it.

Kat Begonja

Kat Begonja

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