28 Dumbfounded Teachers Share The Craziest Thing They've Ever Heard A Parent Say.

We would all like to imagine ourselves as being the cool parent. the one who strolls into parent teacher night and is calm and understanding, who just wants what's best for our child. But the nasty parents are out there, and we've all seen them at one time or another.

Here are twenty-eight of the craziest things teachers have heard a parent say...

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1/28. "For the taxes we pay, we expect our teachers to get our kids into any college we want."

ajchann123

2/28. Taught in an old, impoverished town. Father told me he would not allow his son to read poetry because it would "make him gay."

PM_Happy_Thoughts1

3/28. Had a kid that was acing EVERYTHING. Straight A's. I told his mother that I think he is a little bored. She puffed up and said "I will go home and speak to him about that at once!"

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4/28. Here's my favorite ridiculous parent story with a happy ending.

Kid obviously forges signature of dad on a failed test. Teacher calls the kid out on it, dad comes in and insists that it is in fact his signature; his little prince can't get in trouble after all. Two weeks or so later the dad comes into school outraged that he hasn't been informed of the big project causing the lil' prince so much stress. But you have been informed, says the teacher, here's the slip I sent home for all the parents, and that's your signature, right? "Right," says dad.

elreysencillo

5/28. "How dare you tell my child that there were people before God existed!"

We were studying ancient Egypt and I mentioned that the priests they were reading about had similar roles to their priests and pastors, they just weren't Christian, since Jesus hasn't been born and Christianity hadn't started yet.

I reminded the parents that there were parts of the Bible that took place before Jesus's birth. In Egypt.

MRRoberts

6/28. My wife is an elementary school teacher and suspected that one of her students may be autistic. The kid wouldn't communicate well at all, had issues with using the bathroom, and showed other classic signs of autism. My wife had a conference with the mother and explained that she would like him to be evaluated, but the mother refused and said that if her son did have autism, my wife was the one who caused it.

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7/28. I'm not a teacher, but I coach my kids' youth sports teams. I once had a dad approach me and bribe me ($50) to prevent a certain kid from playing in our upcoming flag football game. These were 6 year old kids. The kid did make a costly mistake in the previous game, but the fact that this random dad was willing to pay me to bench the kid was mind blowing.

Shostakovich22

8/28. My SO is 23 and just started recently as a high school English teacher. He's teaching summer school right now and a parent asked if he could stop dressing so well/if there was an older teacher available because his daughter won't stop talking about how handsome her teacher is.

belindaaa

9/28. This family was incredibly well off. The little girl wore Matilda Jane clothing every single day, which is expensive. The individual pieces are between $40-$60. She almost never wore the same thing twice.

Compare her to a little boy in my class. His dad was in and out of jail, he always wore dirty jeans and the same pair of boots. His mom cut his hair and you could tell. But he was full of personality.

All the kids wanted to play with him. He got a little rowdy and did say some lightly inappropriate things like "that's badass!" or "what the hell!?" But I would never peg him as a "behaviorally challenged" kid.

Well, the rich mother approached my lead teacher and flat out demanded that her little girl never have contact with this boy because he was a bad influence. She wasn't to sit by him or speak to him or play with him. When we refused, she gave all these instructions to her daughter, who would approach the little boy and announce over the whole class "you have to leave here so I can play"

People never cease to piss me off.

squirmdragon

10/28. At parents' evening:

"Don't worry about my daughter, she's thick. She only needs to cook and clean. How is my son doing?"

SamwiseTheOppressed

11/28. "It's not your job to teach my son lessons." I kid you not.

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12/28. I have a few stories, but my favorite happened to a co-worker.

This girl didn't study and skipped most of the questions on a test. Mom came in to argue about her daughter's failing grade and said she should only be graded on the questions she did answer, so therefore should have scored a 100 since the few she chose to answer were correct.

hufflecat

13/28. Parents evening last year. Year 10 so 14/15 years old.

Told a woman that her son was doing really well in English and was very bright. She actually scoffed and said, "really?"

The boy was sat there too. I asked what he was thinking of doing when he left school and he said he wanted to go to college to do A-Levels. Kids at this school had ridiculously low aspirations so this was music to my ears. His mother interjected and said, "no no, you're doing an apprenticeship. You're gonna be a plasterer like yer dad".

Now I have no problem with kids taking the vocational path as opposed to the academic. But this kid had a chance. And he wanted to take it! But his own mum made him feel that there was no point. So sad.

still_losing

14/28. Had a star athlete who was being recruited by Ivy League schools failing my English class.

On top of his general poor academic performance, I also caught him cheating on a homework assignment which he vehemently denied. His mom scheduled a meeting with an administrator and proceeded to berate me and to accuse me of discriminating against student athletes (I was the Pep Club sponsor at the time). Then she said her son would never cheat.

I pulled out his homework and proceeded to read one of his answers, "I, as a 16 year old girl,..." Mom then begins yelling at him, "You can't even cheat right! What's wrong with you? How are you going to get into college if you can't cheat?"

BBN4life

15/28. "Intellectual property is a real gray area" in regard to blatant plagiarism.

CPC325

16/28. After Thanksgiving, but before Christmas, one Mom said:

"If you don't let my daughter sing "O, Holy Night" for the Christmas show, I'll withdraw her and my son from this school, and you'll never again have such talent."

Truth is, her daughter couldn't sing on pitch, no matter what, and didn't even try, because she had zero interest in it.

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17/28. Multiple times over the school year, she emailed me with something like "[My child] has been coming home saying she has no homework in your class. I believe she should be having homework from your class every day. Can you please give her some homework?"

There was actually homework.

The kid was not turning in any homework that quarter.

The zeroes were all reflected in the online grade report, which the parent apparently refused to read.

im-on-the-reddit

18/28. Spanish class. Parent asked me to exempt her kid from speaking anything in Spanish. Said it made her daughter uncomfortable to say anything in Spanish.

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19/28. "Every single adult should know where every single child is on campus at all times!" the mom said, yelling at me.

I had been giving her son extra help after school, along with some other students. We were six weeks in and mom hadn't come to Back to School Night or made any attempt to speak to or contact me.

She came to pick up her son and had no idea where to go because she hadn't been to our school before or read the after school group flier.

Instead, she yelled at some other teachers who were waiting out in the front of the school with some of their own after school students to be picked up. They had no idea who she was or who her child was. She couldn't ask them where my class was because she didn't even know the name of her child's teacher.

I walked up with her son as this was happening. She turned and continued to chew me out.

She said a lot of ridiculous things that day.

It was complete and blatant projection of irresponsibility.

seeyouinthemirror

20/28. At the end of each year all the students merits are tallied up and the top 3 students get a prize. One of the parents was complaining about how it's unfair their child started so low every year, it was a lot harder for them to get to the top. The list starts alphabetised...

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21/28. When talking to a parent regarding behavioral issues the parent said "From 8-2, he's your problem, not mine."

MadHattress15

22/28. My mother is a retired college English teacher. Helicopter parents would regularly call to inquire about their kid's grades.

Mom: "That's confidential as per college policy. If you want to learn your child's grade, you're going to have to ask him/her."

Parent: "But I'm paying his/her's tuition."

Mom: "It doesn't matter. Your child has a right to privacy. I can/will only discuss your child's grade with him/her."

Parent: "I'm calling the Dean."

Mom: "By all means."

Rinse and repeat, over and over and over.

YFMAS


23/28. 3rd grader's parents come in, with a notarized list of demands.

Children in my class must be prohibited from bringing in gluten, ever.

They said they didn't want her to feel left out because other kids were eating gluten. No, she didn't have celiac, it was just the family's personal choice.

I let their daughter choose who she sits next to each day (the class had a carefully coordinated seating plan.)

She be exempt from history class because she was too advanced for our history class but not advanced enough for an AP class.

Long story short they switched her to a private school before years end.

ligamentary

24/28. "Yes, my child is misbehaving, throwing chairs, hitting other kids etc. but you took his paper airplane in 2nd grade and scrunched it up, so this is really your own doing. I think the best thing to do is for you to help him make a new paper airplane and apologize. Then I'm sure he'll behave."

The kid was in 6th grade at this point.

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25/28. When I was student teaching a parent emailed saying to give his child a C. No reason. Just..."give her a C." She was getting an F and I couldn't believe the insanity of just saying what boiled down to 'C, now. '

thewhitesthouse

26/28. My aunt is a middle school teacher, so I have a lot of stories.

They were lucky enough to get a former Olympian as the head coach for the school. At a track and field meet, he was helping a female student get a good starting stance, was positioning their feet properly, etc. A parent (unrelated to the student) saw him touching the student's feet and ankles, and reported him for sexual assault. Even the student herself was shocked and backed the teacher completely, but he was still immediately fired and barred for ever working in the district again.

remithehobbit

27/28. Kid wrote a perfect sentence in Spanish as an answer on a test. Unfortunately it was copied verbatim from a worksheet that she had on the floor next to her. I asked her what that sentence meant, and she did not know.

Of course she got no credit for it. Father was livid. Said that she had memorized it, and should get full credit for a good sentence. I responded that if she memorized it, then it was plagiarism. She had to write an original sentence.

Dad was furious at me and made threats.

SecurityTheaterNews

28/28. "Oh yeah, her behavior and aggression vary with the phases of the moon."

(Publicly threatened to kill me over unplugging her phone charger)

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