Thursday, November 6, 2014

Hometown Memories: The Flying Desk

As I've written in the past, I went to a pretty tough high school where there were scores of unruly teens that made many a teacher’s life miserable. One of my history teachers was one of those unfortunate souls that put up with these belligerent and disrespectful students that harassed and disrupted and goaded. Day in and day out.

I felt sorry for this teacher because he was the most patient and mild mannered one I’d ever had.

Or so I thought...

Because one day...he snapped. Completely. He picked up a student desk, roared like a lion and threw it across the room. Everyone froze and you could hear a pin drop.


Although things quieted down somewhat after that incident, there were still days when the unmanageable students behaved badly in hopes that this typically good-natured man would turn into the incredible hulk once again. Their attempts were unsuccessful. It was a one-time performance.

Have you ever experienced such a thing?

29 comments:

  1. We all have to let off steam every now and then. That poor guy, Martha! One of the few reasons why I never had a so-called 'regular classroom' in the 30 years years I was a teacher. You never knew what combinations you may get.
    You seemed to have survived that high school experience quite well.

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    1. I have a great respect for teachers, Jim. At least for the ones that are truly dedicated to this line of work. It's not an easy job. High school was an interesting experience, and I got through it fine being surrounded by good friends.

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  3. Wow he needed anger management therapy.

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    1. I don't know how he didn't go insane with these students!

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  4. Never had such a horrible experience, marked some of the students, I imagine it must have been awful for you, it must have marked you and them somehow, but teachers are often goaded to the limit of patience, that renders anyone incapable of judging their action..and that's not on the teachers head, bullies bully everyone including teachers...I'm so glad you weren't hurt, sweetheart that you are x

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    1. We had a lot of bullies in that school. I felt sorry for some of the teachers. Imagine living this day in and day out. The teacher obviously stepped out of line, but it wasn't easy to keep your cool.

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  5. I've gotten mad and ranted, but never thrown a desk. Wow - those kids must've really pushed him over the edge.

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    1. I'm surprised he didn't snap earlier! I'd never survive a class like that.

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  6. One of my favourite heroes of all time, I LOVE the Hulk. Hate the fact that the kids were that crappy and brutal though. Been there. Sucks.

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    1. Yes, those kids were really crappy and brutal. Total bullies.

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  7. Was the student sitting at his/her chair at the time? Regardless, I would've like to have seen that.

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    1. No, it was an unoccupied desk. I don't think he intended for anyone to get hurt. It was a very memorable moment...to put it mildly :)

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  8. Yes, and I would have applauded the teacher - for being so calm for so long. Honestly, no wonder some animals eat their young! I'd hate to be a teacher!

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    1. Hahahaha! I soooo agree with you, Wendy. I was thinking the same thing - about animals eating their young - when I was putting this post together.

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  9. I hope he didn't get into trouble! Nowadays he would likely be let go. Anyway I hope he is living somewhere comfortable on the pension he went through hell to get! :)

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    1. I don't remember what happened after that, but I don't think he got into trouble. I doubt anyone reported the incident. Nowadays, a student would have video taped it on their phone and it would go viral on YouTube! And of course, the teacher would be fired.

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  10. Nothing like that, except maybe a few times in middle school. Girls were so into drama and cat-fights in the middle of class. I knew one girl who should have been on an episode of Maury or Jerry Springer.

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    1. Maury or Jerry Springer! Yes, definitely a place for the 'overly dramatic'!

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  11. So true....always a few idiots in every class....
    Enjoy your evening
    Cheers!
    Linda :o)

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    1. We had our fair share in that school. I'm surprised anyone got an education!

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  12. This reminds me of a comment I heard one of my students make after I yelled. "We better behave because he never yells."

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    1. You probably surprised them, just like this teacher surprised us!

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  13. I'm glad I was homeschooled! When I went to classes at a chess camp one summer that were instructed by GM Susan Polgar, I noticed how some of the students were drawing and playing with their phones (while I was trying to take notes)! It really wasn't that big of a deal though (no desks were thrown!) Then I started helping teach a chess camp...my first time some of the little kids were a bit wild. I was glad to have another instructor in the back of the class to help keep things under control!

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    1. It's a tough job being a teacher. I admire people in that profession!

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