No one ever said being a teacher was easy. It can be a trying experience dealing with 20 or so kids who are intent on breaking you down—but it’s not all bad. From harsh insults and getting physical to surprise parties, visits, and gifts, these are the stories from the troublemakers, observers, and teachers themselves of the catalysts that turned on a teacher’s waterworks.
1. Good Riddance
Our class tutor was a kindly middle-aged Welsh gal, pure as anything, just happy to be doing her job. But teenagers being who they are made her a joke to many. She announced to the class she would be leaving at the end of the term, and everybody cheered and whooped. She left the classroom in tears. Kids can be hurtful.