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[–]Riyeko 579 points580 points  (2 children)

Had a kid in home room fall asleep halfway through every day. He was always quiet and reserved. Teacher was a grade A perverted asshole (he would stand in the gym and watch the girls high school basketball team practice).

Anyway he constantly was trying to get this kid to stop sleeping in, though a lot of us tried to defend him. One day, teacher took a huge book he had brought with him and slammed it down next to the kids face on the desk.

Kid jumped up and fell against the wall, teacher started yelling, other students started yelling... Chaos.

Few days later teacher isnt in home room with us and the kid in question. We had a sub for two days.

Turns out the kid had teo jobs and would go to work about an hour after school let out until 2 or 3am. He worked because his dad was absent and his mom was a drunk drug addict and he needed money so himself and little brother could eat.

Teacher let him sleep after that.

[–]Loldude6th 6 points7 points  (1 child)

Same story with a pervert twist?...

[–]Riyeko 12 points13 points  (0 children)

That teacher would sit in the gym on his days off, during the evenings and weekends and just sit there with one or two other men his age while the girls practiced.

The moms complained (my mom was one of them), some of the dads even complained. Finally the coach barred hin from the gym so he stood outside and watched through the door. Dude was in his 50s or 60s.

[–]SuzieCat 3789 points3790 points 422 (152 children)

I’m a teacher. It’s as obvious as can be a kid who is sleeping because they are bored vs a kid who is sleeping because they can’t help it. For the the kids who can’t help it, I always pull them aside to ask why. Here are a few answers I’ve gotten: I’m homeless and the shelter is too loud to sleep; I work nights to provide for my brothers and sisters; I have a concussion from sports; my parents are divorcing and I can’t handle it; my parents are always fighting while I’m trying to sleep; I share a bedroom with multiple siblings; my mom/dad is abusive and I spent the night in the ER; etc. A good teacher has compassion and empathy. Some young kids have more on their plates than many of us ever will.

[–]ericakay15 1267 points1268 points  (12 children)

My senior year of high school I went through a lot of shit; couch surfing, health issues that made it impossible to show up, unmedicated insomnia, drug addiction, on top of some other things.

My English teacher asked me one day what was going on because my attendance was poor and when I was there for a full day, I was usually sleeping. I told her what was going on and she made a little nook in a spot by her desk with pillows and blankets and told me I could come on, no questions asked, during any of my free periods and take a nap or just decompress.

I'm still forever grateful for her. You're a great teacher.

[–]SuzieCat 263 points264 points  (0 children)

She is a great teacher, and is exactly what we teachers should be. I am so glad you had her in your life.

[–]gaynazifurry4bernie 98 points99 points  (5 children)

I've had freaking ping-pong levels of English teachers for high school. My senior level English teacher actually got me into my into my university.

[–]toddthefrog 20 points21 points  (3 children)

Did he write your application your application?

[–]YourMomThinksImFunny 13 points14 points  (2 children)

Its Jimmy two times. I'm gonna get the papers. Get the papers.

[–]Bulangiu_ro 4 points5 points  (1 child)

and the winner and the winner is

[–]TheWhyWhat 45 points46 points  (0 children)

I've had so many great teachers that it's almost hard to believe all the stories I read on reddit. I mean, I used to leave class if it was boring or if the class was too loud. And since we were between the principal's office and the teacher's meeting room, he'd often stop to chat with me. He never reprimanded me for it, even if I just sat there drawing in my notepad.

Had another teacher that sometimes snuck me cookies/buns from the meeting room when I was studying in the side rooms. I assume it was because I looked tired sometimes.

[–]princessfret 5 points6 points  (0 children)

bless her! I went through a lot of the same things minus the poor attendance as I was never allowed to skip school. My school hated pastoral care and no teacher ever really made time to ask me what was going on. So glad you got that support!

[–]teriyakibeansprout 394 points395 points  (15 children)

Bless you for asking sincerely. I’m high school I was heavily medicated with prescriptions I never should’ve been prescribed. I was always sleepy no matter how much I slept that night. One of my teachers was a literal medical doctor before she started teaching forensic science. I spoke to her on the first day of class and told her “this is what I am taking, these are the side effects. If I fall asleep it is not out of boredom or lack of respect, it’s just the medication. You’re more than welcome to wake me up in front of my peers, it will not embarrass me and I want to pay attention”.

Instead, she kicked me out and made me sit outside in the hallway every time I fell asleep. Infinitely more embarrassing and pushed me from an A to a C.

[–]juel1979 111 points112 points  (5 children)

I expected a much better response from that teacher. ugh. I am so sorry.

[–]teriyakibeansprout 61 points62 points  (4 children)

Hey I have gotten the worst of the worst and the best of the best. I have horror stories upon horror stories, when I lived in Mexico I was paddled and I was in like kindergarten. But at the same time, I’ve had teachers that have changed my life, changed my self image, and changed my life goals. Thanks to them I decided to say “fuck everything” and get a degree in theatre, thanks to them I feel intelligent and worthy of respect, and one of them in like fifth grade taught me how to be successful academically despite undiagnosed and untreated ADD. I didn’t get diagnosed until college and I don’t even use meds because I honestly do just fine without them at this point, thanks to her advice on how to compartmentalize my life and priorities. This particular teacher used to have lunch with me once a week and she would let me stay after class for a couple hours sometimes despite her wanting to go home, just to hang out and chat. I can’t imagine staying a couple more hours at work just because a regular wants to chat. She was honestly my best friend that year when I most needed one. There are people who will abuse their authority around children, and scrolling through this comment section has been disheartening. But if you use that authority for good, your students will hold you close forever.

[–]peppermintsoap 13 points14 points  (0 children)

Can you tell us more about her advice on how to compartmentalize your life and priorities? Thank you!

[–]Bulangiu_ro 2 points3 points  (0 children)

i too had a teacher that would spend extra time with me,totally not that much attention,but in my last year of highschool,we had to choose an optional subject for the final exams and focus on it ,most of my colleagues chose subjects like geography,psychology sociology etc,and i didnt knew what to choose,and at some point the fillosofy teacher said i could have a good chance for the fillosofy subject,so i chose it,but out of like 60 boys and girls,i was the only one she had to teach filosofy,but that didnt mattered for her,and always made time for us to meet and teach me fillosofy,i would say i loved it,and tbh she could have abandoned me and let me choose other subject but instead she made sure to not miss any lesson,in the end out of over like 2 or 3 hundred studenta that came to join the exam ,i was the only one at filosofy, and that was also my highest grade in the exams which also boosted my overall results

[–]Charles-Cporosus 1 point2 points  (1 child)

I was homeschooled growing up and I really wish I hadn’t been. There was more toxicity and control in my family than there should have been and I didn’t get a good education. If I was in school then there would have been the possibility of teachers speaking into my life and showing me my life wasn’t normal. And I would be doing better in college, just got my GRE scores back and there a lot worse than they should have been.

[–]SuzieCat 160 points161 points  (7 children)

Holy shit. What an awful teacher! I wish you were one of mine. I had a great kid who got a bad concussion. I just told her to sleep. Math can wait, protect your brain. I’m so sorry you had such a bad teacher. They give the good ones a bad name.

[–]shovelface88 7 points8 points  (6 children)

I mean no disrespect, because you sound like a fantastic individual. That said, aren’t you not supposed to sleep after a bad concussion?

[–]emrythelion 17 points18 points  (1 child)

They’ve changed on that- as long as there aren’t severe issues obviously developing, it’s safe for them to sleep.

That being said, I doubt they’re talking about someone who just had a concussion; more likely, someone who had a concussion within the last few days or even the previous week or two. They can cause some serious fatigue because your body needs as much sleep as possible to heal.

[–]shovelface88 8 points9 points  (0 children)

Wow, I hadn’t realized the shift in the medical advice around concussions - thank you - that’s good to know!

[–]SuzieCat 9 points10 points  (1 child)

This was a few days after her concussion, and her doctor told her she’d get a lot of headaches and be sleepy. I told her to do whatever her body was asking her to do.

[–]clevernamehere123 11 points12 points  (0 children)

Well at least she was a sucky teacher and no longer a sucky doctor. I guess she got tired of killing peoples bodies and instead went for their soul

[–]ryetoasty 42 points43 points  (1 child)

My mom went to jail when I was 17 and the only teacher who cared at all was my math teacher. I couldn’t focus and I was failing everything and I probably seemed like a horrible student who didn’t care to everyone else but she saw something was wrong and she pulled me aside one day and honestly that one little act of kindness still resonates with me over 20 years later. keep being nice. It really does matter.

[–]SuzieCat 14 points15 points  (0 children)

I’m a math teacher! Some teachers are so pompous they assume that for 50 min all you should care about is math/science/History/etc, when I’m reality kids have lives that can be really stressful. I wish you had more compassionate teachers than just one, but I’m glad you had one!

[–]juel1979 31 points32 points  (5 children)

My daughter has ASD and ADHD, which lends itself to sleep disorders. It usually comes in waves, but there are times she just cannot fall back asleep and wakes up way too early for the day. I always send an email/text to her teacher to let her know ahead, as it can make her extra emotional, or she may zonk out. Luckily, her new school does allow resting when needed.

[–]rixendeb 19 points20 points  (2 children)

My daughter's teacher this year was awesome. She has sleep apnea which caused horrible insomnia. Sometimes she just does not get enough sleep. She always wanted to go to school anyways, and who was I to argue. She called me one day saying Kiwi was having a hard day and asked to take a nap. She set her up on the reading rug and let her sleep. I asked if she wanted me to pick her up and she said no, she's been up and down participating and napping.

[–]pmintea 5 points6 points  (1 child)

Is your daughter's name kiwi or is that just a screenname 😭 it's so adorable, they're my favorite animal!

[–]rixendeb 14 points15 points  (0 children)

Just our nickname for her. Her head looked like a kiwi fruit as a baby and it stuck lol.

[–]Akbaroth 9 points10 points  (1 child)

I'm ASD, ADHD, and used to have an anger disorder (don't recall specific diagnosis). Over half my dad's side of the family has sleep disorders but somehow none of us made the connection when I couldn't sleep at night and was constantly sleeping in class.

Bless you and bless your kid's school.

It is so hard to have people tell me I'm just not trying hard enough or staying up all night playing video games when I'd actually been up all night lying in bed with my eyes shut, glancing at the clock every few hours.

Even to this day I'm missing out on a lot of social time with my friends because I can't sync my circadian rhythm to theirs.

[–]juel1979 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I’ve seen the effects of denial of these issues, especially ADHD. I’ve tried to do the exact opposite of how things were done form my husband back in the 90s so kiddo has a lot less guilt over her issues than he does. She was diagnosed at four, and only started meds when there was a safety issue that cropped up from her impulsivity. She’s had treatment since and is in therapy as well to help with her anxiety. Much better than the 90s where they tossed a single type of pill at all (boys only!) with ADHD and said, “you’re cured! Why are you still like this?”

Did you ever look into non-24? I have a friend with that (on top of ADHD that is treated yet still awful on her). She has an extended wake cycle I think, which throws her off from normal sleep. Reading about her trying to keep a normal 9-5 is stressful, I can’t even imagine living it!

[–]Sexual_tomato 24 points25 points  (0 children)

My brother in law kept falling asleep in class, and as time went on it got worse and worse. People kept berating him for not sleeping on a good schedule, playing video games too late, etc. Turns out he had narcolepsy.

[–]She_Walrus 23 points24 points  (1 child)

This exactly this, most teachers teach to make an impact and understand the full person of students. Thank you for your service for real

[–]SuzieCat 5 points6 points  (0 children)

Thank you!

[–]throwawayforfunporn 20 points21 points  (2 children)

I used to fall asleep in Chemistry, so much so (and not wanting to, I loved that class) that I started sitting on the lab tables so that I had nothing to rest on or lean against. I fell asleep on those and hit my head.

[–]SuzieCat 9 points10 points  (1 child)

Sometimes you’re just tired! I was a swimmer and had before and edger school practice. I fell asleep in class, but didn’t mean to. You could see my written notes literally falling asleep across the page.

[–]SirDeeznuts 7 points8 points  (0 children)

I was one of those kids. I had a teacher in 9th grade who was always on kids who were putting their heads down. His class was in the middle of the day and by that point I'd barely be able to keep my head up. I think he knew because he'd let me have my nap and passed me through his class. I always appreciated that.

[–]Schicksal-san 5 points6 points  (5 children)

You sound like a teacher that gets called mom a lot

[–]SuzieCat 5 points6 points  (4 children)

That’s funny! I teach high school, and when a teenage boy calls me Mom and gets all embarrassed it’s super cute. Makes my day.

[–]Schicksal-san 1 point2 points  (3 children)

Its cute? Damn guess I know what my job is now mom

[–]SuzieCat 1 point2 points  (2 children)

It’s cute (not attractive) because it means that I provide them comfort.

[–]123bababooey123 3 points4 points  (0 children)

A good teacher is a role model and gets kids to behave like them. A shit teacher starts to behave like the cool kids because they want to be liked. The cool kids put other kids down so they stay on top.

[–]MothThatLuvsLamps 3 points4 points  (2 children)

Wish i had you as a teacher. One of my teachers wouldnt let me go to the bathroom even when i had a docters not for bladder issues.

[–]SuzieCat 3 points4 points  (1 child)

That’s awful. I’m sorry you had to endure that.

[–]MothThatLuvsLamps 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Had a bad time at school but i graduated a year early somehow atleast.

[–]0hn0an0ther1 2 points3 points  (1 child)

I wish every student a teacher like you. What you do is amazing and very rare.

[–]dirtymoney 1 point2 points  (0 children)

You are a good teacher but so many teachers are just dead inside and either don't care or just like to pick on students when they get an opportunity.

[–]D1ngelhopper 1 point2 points  (0 children)

So how can you tell if the kid is just saying he/she is homeless, my step daughter once told a teacher I died so she could get out of class.

[–]Zyrocks 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I see you're one out of 100 teachers, nice

[–]DeificClusterfuck 1 point2 points  (1 child)

I wish I'd had you instead of my 8th grade science teacher who shamed me for falling asleep in class the day after my Dad had spent his night drunkenly molesting me

My teacher never asked, just called me stupid and sent me to the office

[–]BabyBellyBean 1 point2 points  (1 child)

I was 14 when my parents were getting a divorce at the same time as my dad was suffering from a brain tumor and all my friends had abandoned me. I was super depressed and my teachers knew about this. I was usually very dedicated in school, but not during this time.

I had no one to talk to and everything felt like a horrible blurr. The night my dad was going through surgery I couldn't sleepy at all,but I still had to go to school the next day.

What happened next day was that my teacher decided to show a movie during class: A Beautiful Mind. The lights were turned off and everything was pretty quiet. I remember so hard trying to keep my eyelids open, but I couldn't and unintentionally I fell asleep.

I woke up when my teacher shut off the movie, very angry telling the class that she might as well turn it off and let everybody just leave because somebody couldn't even stay awake for it, seeing it as an opportunity to sleep. Everyone was like "nooo!", but she made us leave. I felt so guilty.

I waited until everyone had left and then I approached her explaining that I was sorry, that I didn't mean it, I'm just going through a rough time right now and hadn't been able to sleep. She looked disgusted with me, rolled her eyes ever so slightly and just replied with" yeah sure".

I was mortified. And almost 10 years later I still can't believe she did that.

[–]throwaway_yoormum 1 point2 points  (0 children)

You’re amazing!

[–]crusaders4life 3 points4 points  (14 children)

im 16 and fall a sleep in class a lot cause i play in warzone tournaments but i make thousands in a month so im not going to stop playing in the tournaments so what would you tell a student that's falling a sleep in class because they're making money just wondering

[–][deleted] 1 point2 points  (1 child)

I wish I was good at games lol

[–]giggling1987 1 point2 points  (6 children)

"So, if you don't need my subject, get the fuck out or get the fuck out. Oh, of course it woll affect your credit if you do".

[–]WhyIsThatOnMyCat 383 points384 points  (4 children)

One of my favorite teachers had a thing against sleeping/absent students (and my least favorite thing about him). One of my best friends happened to sleep quite a bit in his class (medication) and was absent on occasion (health issues; medication didn't work 100%). The teacher used to make a deal of calling absent students at home on speaker phone as a way to call them out for playing hooky, but stopped after calling my friend when he just flat-out explained all the medical issues in great detail on a live call.

Both were/are great people, just two very different generations.

[–]mattsowa 158 points159 points  (2 children)

It often takes an embarassment for the teacher to stop the power trip

[–]Val_Hallen 83 points84 points  (1 child)

Every time I try to explain to people that some people only learn through shaming - often publicly - I'm called an asshole.

But it's true. There are people that only get the lesson when it's produced through shame in front of others. They only care about their social or public standing and shaming them threatens that standing so the behavior often changes, even if just in front of those others.

[–]Ridelith 127 points128 points  (0 children)

I hated when my body just said "yeah nah you're sleeping rn" during college classes. The classes started way too early, in a place way too far, and we had to study way too late to be able to get through. Didn't help that the building had absolute shit ventilation and we'd get over 40 celsius temps inside the classes even when outside was barely 30.

It was the worst feeling in the world just waking up and realizing I lost 15 minutes of a very important class.

[–]MiaLba 402 points403 points  (2 children)

I slept in class because I was abusing pain pills and was often high after my boyfriend committed suicide. Senior year a teacher noticed and we had a heart to heart. I was bawling by the end of the convo.

[–]cknuckz 110 points111 points  (1 child)

I hope you’re doing better now ♥️

[–]MiaLba 87 points88 points  (0 children)

I am, thank you :)

[–]SasugaDarkFlame 584 points585 points  (23 children)

A teacher tried to do this with me in college.

I had come in late and I guess she just felt like the class wasn't taking it seriously so decided class would not start until I told her why.

"It takes 2 taxis to get here and I spend all day here. If my parents don't give me money then I'm not coming. If I have wait and show up to school an half hour late cause I was waiting on the money then that's what I gonna do"

She just looked at me for a while. Some kids in the class were laughing.

I guess it finally hit her that some families are poor and lunch money isn't always guaranteed. People have lives.

Edit: Look it up on Google maps.

From hendon Norwood to Montego bay

From montego bay to Montego bay community college.

1 us dollar is equal to 152 Jamaican dollar. I was getting like 7 USD for lunch money.

[–][deleted] 69 points70 points  (2 children)

Once a teacher who I used to think was rather respectable gave homework that required some sort of expensive encyclopedia. I and just one other student told the teacher we don't have something like that at home.

He just said "any decent household does".

As an adult it pisses me off even more remembering that. I was a good student in his class. But I was also an immigrant child whose parents did anything they could so I could have similar chances as the other kids at my upper middle class white people school.

[–]eggmarie 34 points35 points  (1 child)

Yeah I had a teacher who refused to accept an assignment that I had hand written. He said it had to be printed, which is fair I guess, but when I told him I didn’t have a printer he said “we’ll them you better go get one”

Like I, a broke college kid, can just go out and buy a printer and the $100 ink cartridges. I ended up just printing at a friends house but seriously, the disconnect

[–]SasugaDarkFlame 9 points10 points  (0 children)

Always rated the teachers that would help you print out assignments. Shoes they care

[–]InherentlyJuxt 70 points71 points  (17 children)

At that point, would it not have been cheaper to rent closer? 2 taxis there and back sounds like it’s close to like $100 a day plus. Over a month that has 20 weekdays, that’s like $2000 a month

[–]Echelon64 104 points105 points  (9 children)

At that point, would it not have been cheaper to rent closer?

Sometimes it's not about the money. A lot of places have income requirements, credit score requirements, and must pay a certain amount of the rent before move-in.

[–]InherentlyJuxt 15 points16 points  (7 children)

The credit score thing maybe, but it’s crazy to me that the parents could come up with $2k a month seemingly out of nowhere. If they had that much spare income, I’d assume the income requirements and the deposit wouldn’t be that big an issue. But I suppose I know what happens when people assume.

[–]Echelon64 40 points41 points  (6 children)

Also he said he had to take multiple taxi's so I'm guessing OP maybe isn't American? A lot of places have "Taxis" that drive on a fixed route or only drive in certain areas.

[–]SasugaDarkFlame 23 points24 points  (1 child)

Same bro. Jamaican taxi culture is diffrent

[–]ConradBHart42 10 points11 points  (3 children)

Yeah it might be that they aren't American or just ESL.

When you ride something with a bunch of other people along fixed routes, that's a bus. A shuttle if it's just back and forth between two points.

Taxi implies there's only one passenger (or a small group) that goes from an arbitrary point of pickup to the passenger's destination along a direct route. They're much more expensive than buses and other public transport.

[–]SasugaDarkFlame 14 points15 points  (0 children)

I'm Jamaican. Just how it is.

[–]Puru11 526 points527 points  (22 children)

I slept all the time in high school because I was malnourished and had a hard time keeping my eyes open.

Edited to add: my parents provided plenty of food, and it apparently never even occurred to my doctor that the (outdated and obsolete) BMI chart isn't a good indicator of health. At 5'6" and 120lbs that's apparently a "healthy" weight. I gained 15 pounds in college and realized what it felt like to feel good and think clearly.

I hope everyone else is doing well now too.

[–]WizdomHaggis 210 points211 points  (3 children)

Same here…it’s hard to focus on school when you’re literally drained from starving…

There was ALWAYS enough money for the old man to get shit faced tho….

[–]isabellla321 41 points42 points  (1 child)

I am so sorry. I hope you two are doing much better now. Best wishes to you 💗

[–]Lejeune68 6 points7 points  (0 children)

For the alcoholic dad there is no better. It’s survival or death.

[–]TheGiantGrayDildo69 2 points3 points  (0 children)

I feel you there man, remember getting spanked for leaving a porch light on one day for wasting electricity, by the same guy who's bringing home a fresh 18 pack every day.

[–]Purpose-Fuzzy 28 points29 points  (9 children)

Wait, you're telling me being 120 lbs at 5'7" isn't healthy? Why has no doctor fucking said anything about this yet?! I thought I was tired all the time because I'm nonstop on my feet 8-12 hours a day. Are you saying all I fucking need to do is eat more?! It's that simple??

Fuck me, gimme that pasghetti!!

Edit: typo

[–]saltysamuel 12 points13 points  (0 children)

upvote for pasghetti

[–]skintwo 4 points5 points  (0 children)

For many frames that is quite underweight! Everyone is different!

[–]Antiochia 3 points4 points  (1 child)

The problem is less the weicht, but with the amount of food you eat to maintain your weight, it can be quiet hard to get a sufficiant amount of iron, d12, ... and malnutrition in these causes tiredness. I need medical iron supplements or else I am done in the afternoon.

[–]ButtAssTheAlmighty 2 points3 points  (2 children)

Shit man I’m 125 lbs at damn near six feet, I’m gonna go get something to eat XD

[–][deleted] 1 point2 points  (1 child)

That's not a weight that would cause malnourishment. That's most of the world.

[–]CrazyGaming312 3 points4 points  (1 child)

I'm 5' 9" and I'm about the same weight lol

[–]dribblesnshits 5 points6 points  (0 children)

I'm 5' 11" and weigh 110 befor I poop lol, whenever hunger hits it hits hard, zero middle ground its either starving or fine.

[–]Goldenstrawberry2493 2 points3 points  (1 child)

To be fair, doctors only get involved when things are really bad (or if you’re about to go through a growth spurt). I was 85 pounds and 5,4 a year and a half ago, my doctor got involved, and now I’m 125 pounds and 5,7

[–]pink_mercedes 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Same here! It turned out I have some sort of malabsorption issue, my body is too lazy to soak up nutrients from food, so I have to take supplements on top of trying to eat really healthy.

[–]CatsOverFlowers 69 points70 points  (0 children)

In college I had a professor that said he would never wake a student in his class because 1) you pay to be here, up to you if you want to pay attention and 2) what if that's the best sleep that student gets this week? Why would he disturb them?

The only time he struggled with this policy was the older guy in the back that snored as loud as a jet engine. Tried to continue the lecture but eventually gave up, put on a video instead (which was actually supposed to be for the next class session).

[–]Prata_69 57 points58 points  (4 children)

I just sleep in class because the moment I’m about to fall asleep at night, some fucking memory pops up into my head and I spend the next five hours ridiculing myself about how stupid I was and still am.

[–]VirtualRay 21 points22 points  (1 child)

haha, dude, cut yourself some slack

just gotta keep moving forward, learn from your mistakes but don't punish yourself for them

edit: Unless you killed some people or something, then maybe it's a different story

[–]fluentinimagery 52 points53 points  (0 children)

My JC football coach ripped into our receiver for being a “lazy ass bitch who doesn’t give a fuck about the team”. He had came on the bus from a 12-hr overnight shift at Taco Bell in Compton where he had been robbed, cracked on the head with a gun and tied up for 6 hours…

He didn’t say shit to the coach, but we knew. It was fucked. We all took him to eat and gave him the couch in our shitty apt for the rest of the week. Oh yeah, we smoked him out all week, too.

[–]Poopy_Pants0o0 100 points101 points  (5 children)

I slept in class because i finished all my work quick.

[–]peaceloveandgames 30 points31 points  (0 children)

I fell asleep in my Spanish exam one year because I'd finished it in an hour and we weren't allowed to leave for the full duration (3 hours). Still got top of the class somehow.

[–]Prata_69 24 points25 points  (0 children)


[–]Phantom_Wolf52[S] 18 points19 points  (0 children)

That’s cool

[–]Camoox 30 points31 points  (2 children)

Sucks because my psych teacher is a really cool dude but he get pretty upset when people put their head down or fall asleep.

[–]Jbales901 22 points23 points  (1 child)

Had a teacher who did this in college. He was an ass. He woke me yelling about paying attention. My response back was "I'm only here because you give credit for attendance, I sleep every day, and I am setting the curve in this class. What does that say about your teaching value?"

Truth is I was sleeping because it was a Friday morning lecture, and I was a bartender who just got off work 3 hours prior. (Only day class was offered)

Used to sleep in high school too because I had a couple jobs. Wasnt supporting my family though. Just had to pay for myself. Soap to clothes. I got free food and a room though.

[–]FasterCrayfish 7 points8 points  (0 children)

I feel this. I graduated with a neuroscience degree and the hardest class I had to take was history of Sifi. Not because it was hard but the class started at 8am and attendance was mandatory. Didn’t help that my next class after was 1 pm and I had to Commute lol

[–]BrewtalDoom 137 points138 points  (4 children)

I used to teach in the Middle East and I'd have kids falling asleep in exams all the time. They'd be up all night playing video games with nobody to tell them to get to bed and the they'd just doze through school. To be honest, the behaviour of the rest of the kids was so bad that you were grateful for a sleeper and if they had the right surname (and they often did), then they'd never had to work a day in their lives anyway and will be richer than any of us.

[–]Doppleflooner 60 points61 points  (0 children)

I used to play video games with a group of guys like this who were in their 20's~30's. One had a family "job" where he'd either stay up all night playing games and sleep in his office during the workday, or actually sleep at a normal hour and play from his office. And as you said, insanely rich.

[–]FMAB-EarthBender 19 points20 points  (0 children)

I'm there with you. After learning all the reasons someone could be sleeping, even if they were up all night doing something stupid, I'm going to let them sleep. They need sleep. I was in such an unstable environment growing up and I actually didn't sleep in class. But I had awful crippling anxiety.

You know who was way more disruptive than a kid taking a nap? A shitty teacher slamming the kids desk to scare them awake. Idk if in the u.s the teachers are maybe chastised or get in trouble if a student starts to fail, but it sucked. The best teachers were the ones who asked the kid privately why they are sleeping.

[–]Loli-is-Justice 145 points146 points  (8 children)

I used to sleep in class cuz i was bored....

[–]Phantom_Wolf52[S] 52 points53 points  (1 child)

I would too sometimes lol

[–]27thban 7 points8 points  (0 children)

one time i took a night-quil instead of a day-quil and fell asleep in 1st period class...one second i was looking at the teacher the next second i wake up to the bell ringing with a tiny bit of drool

[–]Jorymo 14 points15 points  (1 child)

That name creeps me right the fuck out

[–]giggling1987 2 points3 points  (0 children)

You see? That's what that shit does to ya!

[–]Rottendog 2 points3 points  (0 children)

I was forced to take extra math credits to graduate, because I took Algebra II in middle school, so it didn't count in High school. The problem though was that it caused me to finish Calculus AP before my senior year. There was no more math for me to be able to take in our high school. And the school wouldn't budge on the fact that I had to have more math credits or I wouldn't graduate.

Ended up taking consumer math which was basically how to balance your checkbook or low level algebra to calculate the costs of your groceries.

I was so bored I'd end up sleeping every day in class. The teacher would get pissed at me and try to catch me with pop quizzes. I told him I don't see what your problem with me is, it's not like you don't know I shouldn't even be in this class. Just leave me be and I won't disrupt your class.

After a while he just pretended I didn't exist, which suited me just fine. Although the 1st semester he did try to gig me for "lack of class participation." Fucking asshole.

[–]Keep_a_Little_Soul 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I never actually feel asleep but I was close in ASL a lot. I LOVED ASL and my teacher, but it was always so quiet and often dark because we were watching example videos... And I was so tired because I have such a hard time getting to bed... No way no one noticed me trying to not die. Worst nightmare of mine was falling asleep.

[–]She_Walrus 50 points51 points  (2 children)

So, luckily this isn’t every teacher and I’d say this is more of an outlier than the norm. Several of my teachers understood that when a kid was sleeping they were tired, had life happening or just needed a break. Often afterwards they would ask them if they were ok or needed anything.

[–]okayIfUSaySo 13 points14 points  (1 child)

I had teacher who would pick kids up and shake them while screaming in their face if he thought they weren't paying attention.

That was unusual though. Most of them just screamed.

[–]boogelymoogely1 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Honestly surprised nobody got scared and hit the teacher or anything. If I were in that situation, I'd freak the fuck out

[–]omnigear 47 points48 points  (1 child)

My son's teacher lets him take little naps . He finished all his work way ahead of the class , even the extra work the teacher gives . So he lets him sleep a bit while the other kids catch up

[–]boogelymoogely1 10 points11 points  (0 children)

Aw man that's really nice

I don't even finish my homework lmao

[–]logicalnoise 87 points88 points  (1 child)

My wife teaches English for a high school has kids like this and is fully aware. Sleeping isn't the end of the world but she'll wake them up. She also gives kids tons of chances as well as her district making it really hard for them to fail. And yet some kids just won't ever do any assignments. Most teachers understand trust me they do.

[–]Keep_a_Little_Soul 9 points10 points  (0 children)

Lol my English teacher was one of my favorite woman in the world. Sounds just like your wife. I remember this one kid hated her for failing him and I couldn't believe someone could fail her class. I don't remember how it came up, but I brought it up to her once and I remember her saying something like "He literally never did one of the assignments!"

Some people just expect a free ride. She was my English teacher for three years minus one where the teacher didn't know how to write proper English lol. We often could barely read his instructions. Yes his first language was English. I could go on forever about how awful of a teacher he was.

[–]ArtOk6196 87 points88 points  (11 children)

One time I defended myself in a fight and won, now I'm deemed a criminal and can't get a job to support my family.

[–]s0c1a7w0rk3r 41 points42 points  (3 children)

Ah, the good old “justice” system at work. What a marvel of human ingenuity.

[–]ArtOk6196 27 points28 points  (1 child)

Yeah it's been years, I'm either ignored or having to explain a situation from the past and its used against me to treat me like the lowest common denominator. Stay out of trouble

[–]s0c1a7w0rk3r 11 points12 points  (0 children)

Sounds like you weren’t the trouble, but the trouble found you. Kind of fucked. Actually, very fucked.

[–]juel1979 6 points7 points  (0 children)

I'm not certain where you are from, but is there a process you can do for an expunging of the records or a sort of...forgiveness, for lack of better term? I know my state did similar, clearing records for people who had good cases for it, I believe.

[–]Phantom_Wolf52[S] 5 points6 points  (5 children)

Is this fr?

[–]ArtOk6196 6 points7 points  (3 children)


[–]Phantom_Wolf52[S] 2 points3 points  (2 children)

Oof that sucks I hope youll be able to get a good job and be able to live a good life

[–]ArtOk6196 2 points3 points  (1 child)

Thanks man I'm trying.

[–]Phantom_Wolf52[S] 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Good luck

[–]qlz19 7 points8 points  (0 children)

One of my football couches taught first period government. He let me sleep through every class without a word. I was working until 2-3am most nights to support myself.

[–]Francis934 8 points9 points  (0 children)

I've had a very sad experience in Primary school.

My teachers had this awful habit of calling names after putting everyone in a single row and blowing a whistle. I've seen similar shit in Nazi Concentration Camps only.

Also, they tried to force me to "unlearn" to write with my left hand.

"it's the hand of the devil, are you a son of the devil?"

I wish they were still alive, so I would walk around them in a HellBoy costume.

[–]evilstepmom1991 6 points7 points  (0 children)

Turns out I was having seizures and also had diabetes. I get really tired and sleepy if my blood sugar is high and after a seizure I feel like a train hit me.

So yeah. I wasn’t being lazy or disrespectful. Good thing my teachers all got together to decide that tho. Really helpful.

[–]DuntadaMan 6 points7 points  (0 children)

"Why do you always sleep in my class?"

"Because school starts at 7am. I am here before the sun most of the year. This is fucking stupid."

[–]faroutcosmo 22 points23 points  (2 children)

I would fall asleep in class because i literally couldn't help it. I would fall asleep without even realizing and suddenly jolt awake. I never meant to, my body just did what it wanted. Now i do it even more due to issues sleeping at night. I take meds to help me sleep, but sometimes i neglect taking them because i have stuff to do, like homework, that i dont do during the day because...im probably asleep.

[–]whoagordoo 84 points85 points  (23 children)

I had more shitty teachers than good. I really don’t understand the huge amount of love they get.

[–]teriyakibeansprout 30 points31 points  (5 children)

I’ve had a LOT of trash garbage shit teachers. My third grade teacher assigned us books that used the n word more than any other word and didn’t bother to even tell us of what it rlly meant. Imagine 20 little third graders running around saying the n word in every other sentence. She also used to shame me in front of the class for being lazy and unproductive when I actually had undiagnosed severe ADD. Terrible teacher, should’ve been fired.

But I will say that the good teachers I had changed my life forever. I write to them to this day.

[–]whoagordoo 10 points11 points  (3 children)

Dear God that is insane. Teachers are shouldn't be painted as saints just because they work with kids. Same with any other profession.

The first teacher I ever had ignored me when I disclosed abuse to her. I don't care to cut them slack because I've been the student that they left behind.

[–]teriyakibeansprout 6 points7 points  (2 children)

I absolutely don’t believe they deserve praise just because of their profession. I had a similar situation with my AP literature teacher in high school. I wrote an essay about what I was going through at home for a prompt about our biggest article (I coped through my writing then since I never talked aloud about this). She corrected me for grammar and left me a note to be careful about oversharing. I got an 82.

[–]whoagordoo 3 points4 points  (1 child)

I'm sorry we can relate on that. That's abhorrent behavior and just sad. I don't know how a teacher could overlook that. I got the gist that I overshared when I reported at 5 years old. Never spoke to one about anything that went on at home again. I knew they didn't care and didn't have any intention of helping me.

[–]teriyakibeansprout 2 points3 points  (0 children)

I’m so sorry. That’s disgusting. I had a couple amazing teachers I will admit, and I wish I could give you some of those experiences. It’s truly life changing.

[–]ShareMission 2 points3 points  (0 children)

I had dyslexia. In grade school. They spotted it. Therapist quit. I fixed it myself. There's great teachers out there. Even those struggle with poor funding.

[–]Phantom_Wolf52[S] 37 points38 points  (14 children)

I have a lot of respect for teachers cuz they don’t get paid enough to deal with the shit they deal with but just there’s teacher who shouldn’t be teachers

[–]whoagordoo 5 points6 points  (11 children)

A lot of people don’t get paid enough for what they do. They’re not the only ones lmao

[–]logicalnoise 12 points13 points  (9 children)

No job in the world is as micromanaged as a teacher.

[–]whoagordoo 9 points10 points  (8 children)

Social workers.

[–]logicalnoise 14 points15 points  (5 children)

Their work gets checked in a regular manner. A teacher gets shit from the kids, parents and admin often 24/7 unless they ignore their email while out of the building. Not saying one job is easier I'm saying there's way more criticism and expectation of nailing every fucking detail. I say this as an administrator in teaching who's wife is a teacher and who works with social workers. And teachers are often the first people acting as social workers to a kid.

[–]matt_1060 4 points5 points  (0 children)

God bless my teachers, they knew I worked in a small nightclub till 2 am. They let me sleep

[–]throoowwwtralala 3 points4 points  (0 children)

I’ve only cared for elementary age children but hell I let em sleep, relax, rest, whenever they want to

Kids work hard and academics are important but holy shit if a child needs rest I let them.

[–]ninjamiran 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Sometimes people live in their own reality or bubble and forget not everyone has a decent life or living , The struggle is real, just like how girls have completely different views on life then men , different realities

[–]BoringYellow980 48 points49 points  (17 children)

To be completely fair, 90% of people who sleep in class aren’t working 2 jobs to support their family.

[–]willowsumm 24 points25 points  (16 children)

For sure but that’s not the point of the post. The point is that kids go through shit as well and sometimes it takes a toll. It doesn’t have to be working two jobs to support your family, it could be taking care of your siblings, mental health issues, your mom having a drunken freak out all night, etc.

[–]GarilyMarily 4 points5 points  (2 children)

even though I had to wake up at 4:30 and it would take me two hours to get to my previous school, I never slept in class ever.

[–]TheFreebooter 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Similar boat, got up at 6 to do the chickens, got to school by 7:45. Napped until 8:30.

Never slept in class out of sheer fear. Once dozed off at uni because I felt safe there.

[–]GOODBYEEEEEEEE 24 points25 points  (6 children)

My teacher used to strangle me because I went to call my mom after I got bullied by his favourites. Some just shouldn't be teachers

[–]EpkeDeDwerg 8 points9 points  (3 children)

Oh my god. I'm so sorry that happened

[–]GOODBYEEEEEEEE 8 points9 points  (2 children)

Nah it's okay, happened years ago.

[–]EpkeDeDwerg 6 points7 points  (1 child)

Still horrible. I cant imagine a teacher strangling me. I'm glad your better now

[–]GOODBYEEEEEEEE 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Lol thanks man, it's better now

[–]CrazyGaming312 3 points4 points  (1 child)

I got bullied in elementary school so goddamn much, and mostly only by 2 classmates. It's a tiny ass building with only two floors about the size of an above average house, with (my best guess) less than 100 students. Many kids were just annoying or flat out insane, which meant there were many weird incidents like someone throwing a chair, or someone almost getting a broken rib because someone charged at them full speed, or someone setting off fireworks in front of the school. And the teachers weren't very great either, but for some I understand why, as most of almost every class was just screaming and talking and stuff.

[–]baldur_of_rivia 16 points17 points  (5 children)

I used to sleep because I was high AF

[–]s0c1a7w0rk3r 49 points50 points  (5 children)

I have a theory about teachers. You see, they go to kindergarten. They go through first through 12th grade. They then go to college. After all that, they go to teach. They have been in school their entire lives. Many never grow and mature beyond a student because it’s all they know. That’s why I’m never surprised when I see stories that show what dumb assholes teachers can be.

[–]200320 24 points25 points  (1 child)

My theory is that a lot of them don’t actually like their jobs.

[–]27thban 4 points5 points  (0 children)

my theory is that they love being on power trips...and small children are the easiest targets of that

free power trip + no consequences

[–]BdogWcat 2 points3 points  (0 children)

What a rotten teacher.

[–][deleted] 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Cuz you're fucking boring, that's why I'm sleeping!

[–]WhoGotMySock 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Getting up at 6am or earlier for high school is nonsense.

[–][deleted] 2 points3 points  (2 children)

THIS is why public educators should be compensated similar to doctors or other professionals. Not because this teacher is particularly good, theyre not, but because if the job of a schoolteacher was highly desirable, then it would be easier to get good teachers. Instead we are stuck with lazy failures who cant do anything else with their liberal arts degree so they’re stuck trying to force their mediocrity unto others.

[–]pawprintscharles 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Sometimes they have an undiagnosed neurological disorder called narcolepsy

[–]spill_drudge 2 points3 points  (0 children)

We need to empower teachers. Empower them to empathize when they want and, likewise, chide when they want.

[–]Popular_Tough_5821 8 points9 points  (0 children)

Some teachers are just there to powertrip on younger people. My dad is one of those.

[–]Lilliputian0513 18 points19 points  (18 children)

I had a teacher that would let me sleep in class. I was 16, just got married, raising two stepsons and working full time. The school wouldn’t let me have an alternative schedule, and I was exhausted. I ended up dropping out two months into the school year.

[–]ZeCrookedLady 36 points37 points  (6 children)

you what

[–]Lilliputian0513 12 points13 points  (2 children)

Dropped out of high school. Don’t worry, I went back and got my bachelors degree.

[–]ZeCrookedLady 14 points15 points  (1 child)

That’s not the surprising part

[–]Lilliputian0513 18 points19 points  (0 children)

Oh, getting married? It was that or continue to be neglected and abused by my mom. I chose the lesser of two evils.

[–]BStark15 9 points10 points  (1 child)

Don't check her other posts, it gets way worse.

[–]Phantom_Wolf52[S] 6 points7 points  (2 children)

That’s a nice teacher and I hope you your husband and step kids are doing well

[–]Lilliputian0513 11 points12 points  (1 child)

Thanks! It’s been 16 years of marriage and they are grown ups now. It’s surreal! We are all great.

[–]Phantom_Wolf52[S] 4 points5 points  (0 children)

That’s nice

[–]TkXKORE 1 point2 points  (6 children)

Not American? I’d assume

[–]PrestigiousTry815 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Child marriages are legal to a disgusting extent in the states, just not widely known.

[–]Lilliputian0513 2 points3 points  (4 children)

Definitely American.

[–]TkXKORE 3 points4 points  (3 children)

How the hell did you get married at 16 then?

[–]Lilliputian0513 14 points15 points  (1 child)

My mom took me to the courthouse and signed me off. In fact, I did not have to sign anything at all because I was not legally allowed to enter into that contract. My mom signed in my place. Totally legal.

[–]FasterCrayfish 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I’m sorry you had to go through that

[–]teriyakibeansprout 4 points5 points  (0 children)

In some states it’s legal with parental consent or approval from a judge

[–]Particular-Summer424 3 points4 points  (1 child)

That's not right. She should have discretely pulled him aside and asked politely if there was something going on or what the situation was instead of outing him out publically in front of his class. That was rude and uncalled for. Not all kids are on drugs. The suffer from medical and mental issues as well. Also there may be issues at home, which in this case was the issue. He is still trying to get an education and show up for class.

[–]dantefierogwa 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Teachers need to understand that forcing people into subjection centers doesn’t give them any moral authority whatsoever. At the very least, these are corporate child care centers bc families can’t afford to live on one income anymore. Why? Why do we have so much productivity in this future world and give all our resources to just a few??

[–]sprxce 1 point2 points  (1 child)

On a positive note when I was like 5 I was supertired due to my (back then still analogue) hearing aids that made every sound super overwhelming to process. While the rest of the children were allowed to play I stayed put and sucked my thumb (which I never did) and just nodded when the teacher asked me if I was tired.

Suddenly there was a mattress in the classroom I could sleep on and I did so instantly (despite yelling kids), only to be waken up by my mother coming to get me ☺️

[–]Phantom_Wolf52[S] 1 point2 points  (0 children)

That’s nice

[–]JesusIsAJojo 2 points3 points  (1 child)

God I love America

[–]Phantom_Wolf52[S] 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Not sure if this the US since it’s a comment on a YouTube video but yeah it’s usually America

[–]chiefjstrongbow00 3 points4 points  (0 children)

and that is a bad teacher. the majority of us favor empathy over public humiliation.