Source: filmgasm91, “For all the scumbag teacher memes there are still great teachers. My first grade teacher actually did this and 20 years later it still amazes me.” Imgur. 17 March 2014
On 17 March 2014, Redditor filmgasm91 published on Imgur a Good Girl Gina meme with this caption: “For all the scumbag teacher memes there are still great teachers. My first grade teacher actually did this and 20 years later it still amazes me.” The text of the meme stated, “1ST GRADE STUDENT WITH ABSENT PARENTS FRACTURES HIS SKULL / STAYS WITH STUDENT AT THE HOSPITAL FOR SEVERAL DAYS SO HE’S NOT ALONE.” On Reddit, filmgasm91 offered more details. For example, both parents worked: “It happened at an after school program because they both worked. And they went to the hospital right after they were notified but left pretty quickly afterwards and just told him they would visit when they could and they would call the doctors to stay in touch. My teacher went to check on him right after it happened and saw his parents leave and was disgusted by it so she ended up staying the entire time.” This is how the kid fractured his skull: “It’s not exactly cool but it was during an after school program in the school gym and the floor leading out of the bathroom was wet and he ran across it and just landed smack on the back of his head and fractured his skull. Not long after that the school put ‘Lego’ type plastic tiles over the gym floor, probably to avoid a law suit.” Filmgasm91 also stated that the teacher called in sick and the school provided a substitute teacher for the class.
Other Redditors wrote about good experiences with teachers:
1) RamsesThePigeon wrote, “This reminds me of my kindergarten teacher, Mrs. F.
“Now, to call her my kindergarten teacher is actually a bit inaccurate. In fact, I had her for no less than four years: Two years of preschool, and two years of kindergarten. Throughout that entire time, she was like a second mother to me.
“For example, I came down with chicken pox on Halloween one year, and since I couldn’t go trick-or-treating, Mrs. F took it upon herself to bring me a big bag of candy. What’s more is she did it in character, claiming that she was ‘the neighborhood witch’ and that one of the many treats that she’d brought just might make me feel better.
“She was also one of a few adults who would call me ‘SuperMax,’ which I’d insisted was my name since I was a toddler. (I used to wear my Superman pajamas beneath my school uniform, and Mrs. F let me get away with it.) That one may not seem like such a big deal, but to me, it meant the world. It made me feel like she, unlike so many other people, actually listened to me and cared about what I wanted.
“I actually got in touch with Mrs. F on the day of my high school graduation, just to thank her for her part in my education and express my appreciation. She still remembered everything about me, and we spent the better part of an hour reminiscing about my childhood.
“There are certainly scumbag teachers in the world, but then there are also folks like Mrs. F … and I think they more than make up for the bad ones.”
2) Abzug wrote, “My fifth grade teacher (also Mrs. F, oddly enough) was just turning the lights out in her classroom when one of her students came back to school crying.
“He still had his backpack and looked like he had been crying for awhile (kid was in primary school K-6). When Mrs. F asked what was wrong, the kid said his parents were not home.
“Mrs. F took him to the principal’s office and stayed with him while they tried calling his house. They got a message stating the phone number had been disconnected.
“The police were sent to his house and found it empty. His parents moved out while he was in school and abandoned him completely. The poor boy literally walked back to an empty house. Not knowing where to go, he came back to school.
“This was in the 70’s, and the teacher convinced the authorities that he could stay with her and her husband until they had this figured out.
“I don’t know if they ever tracked down the parents. But this amazing teacher adopted the boy and raised him as her own son.
“The boy was in my sister’s class and he was the nicest kid you could ever meet. The teacher was absolutely gold. Every kid that she had in class she treated like her own.
“I was a very lucky student to have her.”
3) Venetia MacGyver wrote, “When I was a teenager, my family went broker than broke. Actually got kicked out at 16 because they could no longer afford to keep a roof over my head. From 14 until I finally managed to start finding people who would give me odd jobs, I lived on free condiments and the occasional dollar’s worth of Ramen or Taco Bell. I told almost no one. It was humiliating. It was stupid of me, looking back on it, but I just wanted some dignity in not needing to beg. Also didn’t sign up for free lunch programs for dignity reasons (my mother wouldn’t have signed them, anyway).
“It was rough, and I was starving. Occasionally I’d get to eat dinner at friends’ houses, and their parents would marvel at the skinny girl asking for seconds. That was about it, nutrition-wise, for years.
“Just before one Thanksgiving, just before I became totally homeless, my AP English teacher asked me to stay after class. She said she had noticed how sallow I looked, withdrawn I acted (more than usual). I skirted the questions, so she asked about my Thanksgiving plans.
“I broke down. Couldn’t lie about going hungry for it.
“She first let me cry on her shoulder, then she told me she’d make it right. I begged her not to tell DCF [Department of Children and Families] (she did anyway, but that is another story) [it’s mandatory for teachers to do that], and she told me to be sure I was there tomorrow.
“The next day, after class, she pulled me aside again and handed me a basket. It was FULL of food. Turkey, chicken, potatoes, pie … Home cooked.
“She cooked me a full Thanksgiving dinner, with enough that lasted me a week.
“After we got back from break, she made a habit out of giving me sandwiches and fruit. I had a hard time accepting the charity, but looking back on it, I don’t know if I would’ve lived (at least, not very well) if she hadn’t.
“It was one of the most inspiring and beautiful things anyone has ever done for me. Ever since, I vowed to keep paying it forward, in any way I could.
“Best teacher ever. (She was d[*]mn fine at actually teaching, too.)”
For Further Information: filmgasm91, “For all the scumbag teacher memes there are still great teachers. My first grade teacher actually did this and 20 years later it still amazes me.” Reddit. 17 March 2014
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