High school or middle school are both really weird times for kids.
They're going through EVERYTHING and hormones are crazy and it's all just a lot for them to take in. So people end up in situations that are less than ideal.
And then of course, to make everything worse, people talk behind each others' backs. And then teachers hear it?
Here were some of those weirdo rumors.
Oh Yikes When It's TRUE ThoughGiphy
There was this rumor that this senior girl in my high school was dating one of the science teachers. She hung around his office and after class a lot, but it seemingly was nothing. Just kids making up dumb sh*t for whatever reasons they do. He was a beloved teacher, and she was pretty low key, but a cool girl none the less. Figured some douche got a bad grade or had it out for the guy somehow, nothing ever came of it.
Curve ball, a few months after she graduated he divorced his wife, left his family, and went public on facebook that he was dating this 18 year old girl. He was probably in his mid forties. Did NOT see that coming.
Totally Understandable Cravings
Heard a rumor kids were doing drugs in the bathroom. I worked at an inner city school and coke really wasn't a big problem- pot was their choice. I walked out of my class during planning period to find a girl walking out of the bathroom with white powder on her nose. I asked her about it and she responded with "its powdered donuts, Mrs. K! I swear! I'm pregnant and it's all I want to eat. But everyone thinks I'm doing drugs." She then pulled out two empty bags of powdered donuts. We got her connected to some pregnancy help.
Why Are Kids This Astute
Former band director here.
We had a color guard girl who COULD. NOT. catch any time she tossed her flag. The kids made up a rumor that she had a glass eye and that was why she couldn't catch anything.
Two years later, the girl was about to graduate and came into our office to talk to the staff. She had never told a soul, but her left eye had been glass for years. She lost it in a car accident before moving into our district. You couldn't tell by just looking at her.
Turns out, the made-up rumor was 100% spot-on.
God Help The Mister Who Comes Between Me And My Sister
Two students (fraternal twins) arrive at the school age 15. One looked older than the other, but that happens. Then the rumour comes out that they are not twins, but sisters. I tell the Behaviour Support workers, who look into it: turns out, one of the sisters is 22 years old. Parents lied about her age to get her into the school and therefore stay in the country. Whoops.
I Am The Rumor
Back in October, me and a similar-looking teacher kept getting mixed up by our kids (7th grade). We started a rumor by giving little hints that we were half-brothers. Nothing super obvious, but just enough to get them thinking.
We've been pouring it on a lot more recently though. Hopefully we can get a photo with "our" (my) dad over spring break right before... April Fools Day
The Gays Don't Deserve This
Okay A girl who lied on social media about having an affair with a teacher, she recanted later when it was revealed he was gay. First she claimed to have been hacked. Then she said it never happened to her but to another girl she was protecting. Full police investigation later and she admitted to doing it because she felt she needed support from her peers.
One student was rumored to be a Satanist witch who was scared to God's holy light, since she wore modest clothing and used an umbrella in full sun. She had vitiligo and was undergoing a steroid therapy that made her extremely sensitively sun light.
Colleague married a "much younger woman" who was rumored to be his student. She was neither, the woman they saw him with was his daughter.
Life Paths Amirite
My mom's a teacher and I went to high school where she taught. She had a student who I was also friends with. I ended up hanging out with him again after a few years and after some drinks he told me he was in a couple pornos right after he graduated. My mom couldn't f*cking believe it when I told her because he was, and still is, a really polite, quirky, socially awkward kid. He refuses to tell me his porn name tho, which I'm bummed about.
He Played On White People Not Knowing African Geography
A new transfer student enlisted the help of all of his existing friends in the school to spread the rumor that his REAL name was "Mbaku" and he was born in "Wakanda, Africa" to all the teachers, while speaking in a really shoddy Nigerian accent (we're in the American Northeast). I was hired halfway through the year and by then it was just assumed that it was true and no one had corrected it. He was brought up in a teacher's meeting and I was just like "Wait.... Mbaku? From... from the fictional continent of Wakanda?". And no one says anything. Dead room. I press on. "... Black Panther? The Movie? Guys?". And suddenly the Social Studies teacher stands up and slams his fist on the table, point at the Vice Principal, and just yells "I G*DDAMN TOLD YOU!".
Good times, good times.
Not Today, Satan
I had a really weird student who was asking all kinds of odd, personal questions, and texted me at odd hours (I never responded). Talked to another teacher who had the same student previously, and she told me that student had a really unnatural sleep cycle because, and I quote, the student was an "avid worshipper of satan". The student was on standby for spontaneous worship at all hours of the day.
The student actually told me about it later on. Nothing threatening, just very matter-of-factly. Confirmed the whole thing and hinted about being part of a large group, and hinted at there being "many ways" one must be ready to serve. Didn't get any clarification, so it might just have been to mess with me.
Not my worst student, but... odd.
So They Say It's Your "One Year Closer To Death" DayGiphy
Heard a rumor that a kid was crying because it was his birthday. Went to check it out, and guess what, the rumor was true. Asked him why he was crying it was his birthday and, I am now quoting, "I hate the attention. Like, who cares, you're another year older. WHAT AM I SUPPOSED TO DO WHILE THEY ARE SINGING?!" I sat there just nodding my head and said "You know what, I can't fault you for that one, dude. I feel ya."
You know it's not a great place to work when employees band together to walk out. Literally.
Unions were basically created for this reason, by having the working people band together to fight against being mistreated by corporations, they create power in numbers. Even without a formal union, there is still power in numbers--no company wants to be tasked with explaining themselves like that.