During an English class in 8th Grade, a student did something very stupid. Fortunately for him it appears what he may have thought was in a pill bottle was. Toward the end of the class, a fellow student found an opened bottle of chewable aspirin. I took the bottle from the student and threw it in the garbage can.
Next thing I know, another student spits something in the garbage. From what I quickly learned, this student tried to show off to the other students by taking the pill bottle and downing the entire bottle in his mouth. He then spit it out and told me he did not swallow any. I quickly alerted the school nurse who asked me to write a Referral for the student to make sure it was documented. I also retrieved the pill bottle and turned it in.
Definitely a stupid prank by the kid. Had the nurse not asked for the referral I may not have done it since he spit it out but the same student was reported by other kids for throwing books at the backs of other students heads when I was not looking.
LESSON? Try to pay more attention. This was one of those lessons where I learned that DISCIPLINE is an absolute necessity in some class rooms more than others.
I spent a full week teaching 8th grade. One of the young men in the class never did his work and was a regular interruption in classes. Having heard something about his home life, and being aware of his social issues just by watching him in class, I decided to not make his behavior an issue. At least not until the very last day I was there.
Toward the end of the class he laid down on the floor, placed 5 books inside his shirt and started to undulate his body causing the books to come out of his shirt one by one. I have to admit it was well done but this was not Saturday Night Live and it touched a nerve that I could not ignore. I picked up the phone and called guidance who had me send him there. They asked me to write a referral for him, which was the last straw and he got suspended that day. He saw me later in the day and thanked me personally for getting him suspended. I returned to the school to teach other grades but did not see him again.