20 Toxic Teachers Who've Made This Past School Year A Living Hell For Their Students, I'm Sorry To Say

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Warning: This post contains topics of verbal abuse, sexual assault, school shootings, rape, and antisemitism. Please proceed with caution.

1. This teacher, who grabbed her student's hearing aid because she claimed she "wasn't listening during class":

"It happens more often than you’d think. My oldest child has hearing loss, and background noise is the worst for him. He’s attended the same school since preschool, and they're aware of his limitations. When he was in first grade, he didn't hear the order the teacher gave to the class to clean up and return to their desks. So, he was happily playing with blocks. His teacher waited until all of the kids were back at their desks, approached my son, and started SCREAMING at him. He started bawling, saying: 'I’m sorry, I’m sorry, I didn’t hear you. I’ll clean up now — I’m sorry!'

She took him into the hallway and made him sit out there for two hours — he cried the whole time. I only found out because the classroom aid told me. I met with the administration, and they told me his teacher was being 'reassigned' after the school year. And since there was only a month left until school was over, it didn’t 'make sense' to move her."


"This reminds me of my sixth-grade English teacher. She caught me trying to clean a smudge off of my glasses, so she took them away from me. She moved me to the back of the class, and then gave us an assignment where we had to copy answers off the board. Since I couldn't see the board, I got a zero on the assignment, and she stood there staring at me the whole time. She didn't give my glasses back at the end of class, so my math teacher literally had to go to her class and get them back for me."


2. This teacher, who forced her student to explain why he always fell asleep in her class:

"There was a fellow student in my homeroom who fell asleep halfway through class every day. He was always quiet and reserved. Our teacher was a grade-A jerk, and constantly tried to get this kid to stop sleeping. Even though a lot of us tried to defend him, one day our teacher took a huge book he brought with him and slammed it down next to the kid's face on his desk.

The kid jumped up and fell against the wall; the teacher started yelling; other students started yelling — it was chaos. A few days later, our teacher wasn't in homeroom with us (as well as the kid). We had a sub for two days.

It turned out the kid had two jobs, and would start work an hour after school and wouldn't get let out until 2 a.m. He worked because his dad was absent, and his mom was a drug addict — he needed money to feed his little brother (as well as himself). Our teacher let him sleep after that."


"In high school I was heavily medicated with prescriptions I never should’ve been prescribed. I was always sleepy, no matter how much I had slept the night before. 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'm taking, and these are the side effects. If I fall asleep, it's 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 won't embarrass me, and I want to pay attention.'

After I told her this, she kicked me out of class and made me sit in the hallway every time I fell asleep. It was infinitely more embarrassing, and changed my grade from an A to a C."


Thankfully, not all teachers are like that:

"My senior year of high school I went through a lot of stuff — couch surfing, health issues that made it impossible to show up, unmedicated insomnia, and drug addiction. 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 me a little nook in a spot by her desk with pillows and blankets. She told me I could use it during any of my free periods and take a nap or decompress — no questions asked. I'm still forever grateful for her – she was a great teacher."


3. This school, which posted signs in classrooms that boys weren't allowed to use the bathroom during class:

"Not being able to just go to the bathroom when you needed to was the single biggest source of my anxiety through my entire public school education."


"My sister and I have celiac disease, and she's had GERD since she was 13 years old. So, access to the bathroom is essential. Anyway, it was always a fight with the school to allow her to leave and use the restroom without explicit permission (fortunately, that never happened to me). It was a huge deal with one bad teacher in particular until my sister just started puking in her classroom trashcan and going back to her seat. I hate teachers on power trips — they know what they're doing, and how that impacts students. They just don't care."


"Someone who works for me was telling us a story about her son's first-grade teacher. He doesn't allow kids to have water in class, so they don't have to go to the bathroom. Her poor 7-year-old is stressed out when he really has to go, and is afraid to even ask."


Thankfully, not all teachers are like that:

"My favorite teacher I ever had told our class on day one we didn't have to ask to go to the bathroom — we could just go if we needed to. He was the only teacher throughout my education to ever do that. He was a very no-nonsense guy, and worked at a pace that I could actually follow. I feel like his direct teaching style really helped me remain focused. It was probably the only A I got in high school — all of my other grades were Cs."


4.This teacher, who's anti-vaxx and shamed her KINDERGARTEN students who safely got the COVID-19 vaccine:

Teacher's tweet: "I put all the vaccinated children in my kindergarten class in the back of the room, and I rarely speak to them"

"As a teacher, you should do everything you can for your students. You should not be in the classroom if you're this petty."


"I hope the parents of the students in her class saw that and responded appropriately. I would make her life as miserable as possible if my child were involved."


"I mean, being in the back of the class is superior, especially when your teacher is this dense. What was she even teaching? Clearly not biology."



5. This teacher, who shaved their student's hair when they caught them sleeping in class:

Teacher shaving their student's head

"The woman in the blue behind him has the right WTF expression."


"Who knows what's going on in their home life. If anything, ask the student if there's anything they can do to prevent them from falling asleep in class."


"It's been shown that school hours are actually bad for teenagers. They benefit from being able to stay up later and sleep in, so to punish them because the system has failed them is even more egregious."


"This poor student is gonna have to shave the rest of their head and wait months until it grows back to where it was before this incident. Hopefully whoever did this was properly punished."



6. This teacher, who yelled at their student for not handing in an assignment on time:

"Such generosity to grant that 0.1% — thank you, dear knowledgeable one! Power was living-rent free in her head."


"I have a similar professor this semester — she sent an email to her boss and attached the dean. She changed her tone quick. Maybe try a similar pathway?"


"Professors at my school are bullet-proof. There's a music professor at my school who drops a grade by a full letter for missing class (INCLUDING ABSENCE DUE TO COVID). This year half of his classes got together and reported him (literally 90 people went to the dean with the same report) and the dean just said, 'We'll look into it.'"

u/AdAdditional9225 (Original poster)

7. This teacher, who punished her students for using Wikipedia as a source (when she used it to teach her class!):

Teacher who used Wikipedia for a lesson after telling students they couldn't use it

8. This teacher, who had no idea how to make an online test (which ultimately made the student get a bad grade):

9.This student, who was accused of plagiarism in art class (when in reality, she sourced her own work that went viral online):

Student tweeting they were accused of plagiarism for their own work

"In second grade, I decided to start writing the letter 'y' at the end of my name with a loop, like a cursive 'y.' I had no idea what cursive was at the time — I just thought it looked nice. My mother got a call from my teacher, and my teacher said that I wasn't supposed to learn cursive until third grade. So, I had to stop writing my 'y' like that."


"My fifth-grade English teacher was convinced my mother wrote my book report because it had dependent clauses in it. Apparently fifth-graders weren't supposed to know what dependent clauses were, or how to use them — so, she made me read the report out loud to her (apparently fifth-graders were also too dumb to know how to...read dependent clauses? I don't know).

A few weeks later, there was a parent night where the parents came to school to meet with the teachers. I left a handwritten note for my mother on my desk, and it contained several dependent clauses. She insisted that my homeroom teacher show it to my English teacher (I don't know if that ever happened, but it was still extremely satisfying to know my mom did that)."



10. This teacher, who was interested in teaching not only the negative effects of the Holocaust, but the "positive ones, too":

"The Holocaust was not a 'widely debated and controversial' issue."


"Reading multiple sources and learning what happened from opposing sides is an important aspect of studying history, but why use such a vile example like the Holocaust?"


"This happened in Texas (and I'm from Texas) — this baffled me. Why the hell would anyone want to focus on the 'good' aspects of the Holocaust? People were lined up and slaughtered like cattle during that era — there was nothing 'good' during that time at all."


11. This school, which was culturally insensitive and encouraged their teachers to celebrate "Africa Day" in their classes:

12. This teacher, who was anything but helpful to a student after her class was cancelled last minute:

Professor being unhelpful to a student who needs to enroll in a class after school canceled one she planned on taking

13. This school, which gave their students tardies after they enforced a parking pass check-in before classes started:

"This is like what happened at my kid's school a few weeks ago. They closed three out of four entrances to the parking lot because they were annoyed that a few people went through the bus lot and admin parking (they all connect). Half of the student body was up to 20 minutes late, and the line to get into the lot was about a mile long. Parents called the superintendent, who came down hard on the principals of the school. The police were pretty unhappy about it, too, because the school created an unsafe traffic condition."


"I was marked tardy almost every morning at my high school because of the school bus. Half the time it didn’t arrive until one minute before the bell — sometimes after. My high school was the second largest in the US, and my very first class of the day was on the complete opposite end of the building. I’m still bitter about it in my 30s."


"At my school, three tardies made up for one absence (and being absent 20 or so times made up a failing grade — even if the tardy was one minute late). Also, the teachers would close the door as soon as class started and not let you in or make up the class."


14. This elementary school teacher, who marked their student's math answers wrong just because they weren't "written to their liking":

"A teacher did this to me in second grade — I wrote my 1s like that, and my 4s with the closed top. She marked them all wrong even after I pointed it out to her. She said she wanted me to write them like everyone else with the 1 as a single line and the 4 with the open top. I didn't understand because I was writing them the way I saw them, like on a keyboard — I hated that teacher."


"Man, the 2s really irked me when my kid was learning how to write. My parents would see the correct 2 and try to get him to change it to the curly one. I went to school for drafting, where we were taught the mechanical way of writing numbers correctly, and it's not curled. I taught him how to write it correctly, and my parents tried to change it after that. They tried to pull the same thing on me as a kid when they insisted I be right-handed (I was originally left-handed, and my handwriting is equally horrible with both hands now)."


"Did you talk to the teacher?"


"No, I haven't — I've noticed this a few times, and it's only with his 1s. She'll circle it wrong instead of correcting his writing. I like the way he writes it, and it was the fact he showed his work and she clearly knew what he wrote (so it mildly infuriated me). I'll keep a closer eye on how she grades him and bring it to her attention if I keep seeing it."

u/jarociro (Original poster)

15. This English teacher, who literally blocked the outlets in her classroom so students couldn't use their computers to write:

Outlets in classroom blocked from usage

"Just make sure the battery is flat next time — then you can't work. She wants to play games? Then play games back."


"One of my teachers bought about six power strips for our class since people needed to charge their computers so much — there are better ways to deal with this issue."


"I had a controlling professor like this — they tried to tell us that we couldn't charge our phones because 'too many people get distracted by their phones when they should be paying attention.' Normally, all of my things were prepped before I attended class. But one day, as luck would have it, my phone was at 5% because I got into a fight the night before. I was released from the hospital around 8:15 a.m., and my class started at 9 a.m. (I arrived 15 minutes late, which obviously annoyed my teacher).

I sat down and unpacked, then plugged my phone into the wall and left it face down on my desk. She immediately asked if I reviewed the first day handout regarding phone rules, and I told her I was aware, but I was still charging my phone because it was at 5%.

After debating for two minutes, I told her I was paying $800 for the course and that I was utilizing the campus's resources to the fullest extent. Her phone rule was arbitrary due to the learning environment (we were all adults — not in high school). In the end I kept charging my phone, and about a week later, other students started doing the same. I was aware that in some areas phone usage wasn't allowed, but in a sociology course I was forced to take run by a 'Karen' wasn't the area."



16. This professor, who just told their student to "lock the doors" instead of informing the police of a suspected school shooter:

The email reads:

Email from professor that tells them to lock the doors if there happens to be a mass shooting

"Unless locking the door also activates a force field, this is dumb AF — bullets can still penetrate walls."


"What about when the gunman is already in the classroom? Then what?"


BuzzFeed / Via reddit.com

17.This teacher, who discriminated against LGBTQ+ and historically marginalized communities:

Article headline: "Teacher told students fetuses turn gay when they're 'unwanted in your parents' womb'"

"Teacher here — fuck this. The 'safe space' sticker I have on my classroom door isn't just for show. If my students don't feel safe and comfortable to be who they are, how in the hell can they feel comfortable to learn anything?"


"Her colleagues and administrators knew about this for years and did nothing. It makes me happy that these kids stood up for themselves — they're awesome."


"So that's why I'm bisexual? Because my mom wanted me and my dad didn’t?"



18. This Spanish teacher, who used truly horrific examples in her homework assignment:

"Why become a Spanish teacher if you’re racist against Mexicans?"


"At least they'll 'be polite' while trashing me..."


"And on top of that, the whole assignment was typed in Comic Sans — awful."


19.This teacher, who refused to wear a mask in her classroom and declared herself a "positive role model" for her students:

Teacher's Facebook status: "These kids are being coerced into a future where they have no rights and brainwashed into questioning authority"

Her Facebook status reads:

Teacher: "I walked in on the first day sans mask. I take my job as a positive role model for children seriously, and I will not be an example of a sheep"

"So Miss [redacted] was not only sans mask, but sans proper teaching credentials? It's funny how this kind of person is so opposed to actual facts."


"Gee, I thought Miss [redacted] would enlighten the masses! Seeing how proudly ignorant she's pointing to her empty head was exactly what I envisioned for that group of students."


BuzzFeed / Via reddit.com

20.And this teacher, who laced her students' cupcakes with her husband's sperm:

Article from Facebook that reads: "A teacher who used her husband's sperm to 'season' cupcakes for her students faces jail"

"What in the actual hell was wrong with this woman? How did this even become a thought in her mind? I don't understand what would've compelled her to do something like that."


"Yeah, they had video cameras all over their house so they wouldn’t miss a single second of their twisted, disturbing lives. I live in the same parish as them, and it was HUGE news when it happened — they're absolute monsters.

The husband was a high-ranking cop, and she was a school teacher, but in the privacy of their own home, they were raping and doing other unspeakable things to children and animals. It was sick."


"Their whole house was covered in surveillance equipment — audio and video. He saved his exploits to his hard drive, which was seized as part of his child pornography warrant.

Source: I’m from this parish, and the school sent a memo."



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