to think the teacher shouldn't have called DN a bloody stupid twat?

(258 Posts)
wetspringday Sat 18-May-13 22:31:50

DN was working on a compter yesterday and leaned back in his chair (shouldn't have done this) but he knocked over a cup of coffee that went over coursework. The teacher yelled at DN and called him a bloody stupid twat.

DN wasn't bothered and seemed to find it quite funny but I think I'd probably have to say something to the teacher concerned along the lines of it not being acceptable. DN is in Year 10 by the way (15.)

AIBU?

squeakytoy Sat 18-May-13 22:33:43

At 15 I cant see a problem with it... although is he sure that the teacher said twat and not twit..

persimmon Sat 18-May-13 22:33:56

Twat? Really? Are you just getting DN's version?

Euphemia Sat 18-May-13 22:34:00

If DN's not bothered I would leave it at that.

Yes the language was inappropriate, but what do you hope to gain?

noblegiraffe Sat 18-May-13 22:34:48

Of course it's not acceptable but teachers are human and your DS had just spilled coffee on coursework, which is a major problem. So maybe cut him a break?

HollyBerryBush Sat 18-May-13 22:35:42

Only he knows the relationship between him and his teacher. He isn't offended, so don't be offended on his behalf

McNewPants2013 Sat 18-May-13 22:35:45

Why was there coffee in the classroom any way.

everlong Sat 18-May-13 22:36:33

Yanbu.

Awful thing to say.

I thought twat was about equal to cunt in terms of rudeness. I'm surprised the responses here are so chilled out about it.

squeakytoy Sat 18-May-13 22:40:20

twat is nowhere near as much a swearword as cunt.. certainly not in any area I have lived in within the UK..

Branleuse Sat 18-May-13 22:42:43

I think him leaning back on his chair and ruining someones coursework by carelessness is more of an issue than whether he got called a twat for it

everlong Sat 18-May-13 22:42:50

Twat from a teacher to a pupil is dire.
I would say something.

wetspringday Sat 18-May-13 22:46:26

It was definitely 'twat'; his mates overheard it and were grinningly shocked. I can see how the teacher was frustrated although I think it was a bit daft to have coffee and coursework next to each other. I wasn't thinking my brother should put in a big huge complaint but mention to the teacher that it wasn't acceptable even though it was daft of DN to be tipping back on his chair.

Mumof3men Sat 18-May-13 22:46:46

why was there coffee in the classroom/ict suite?

isitsnowingyet Sat 18-May-13 22:47:05

It all sounds a bit bonkers to me. Why did the teacher have a coffee or was it the DN's coffee hmm? I was informed only recently that twat meant cunt - charming I'm sure. I don't think I'd be over the moon about a teacher who spoke like that. We're all human, but I don't call my kids 'twats' at any time (well, not to their faces )

IncrediblePhatTheInnkeepersCat Sat 18-May-13 22:48:11

While I don't condone calling a pupil a twat (Akiss I'd put twat on the same parallel as prick on the rudeness scale), I'm astounded that he thought it was funny that he ruined another student's piece of coursework! Or was it worse and multiple pieces of coursework in a pile?

MalcolmTuckersMum Sat 18-May-13 22:48:52

This is not an issue. It just isn't.

wetspringday Sat 18-May-13 22:49:01

It wasn't an ICT suite, it's an ordinary classroom with four or five computers at the back one of which DN was working on when he leaned back on his chair, knocking into a desk which had a cup of coffee (belonging to the teacher) on it along with the coursework, which was how it got spilled.

Salmotrutta Sat 18-May-13 22:49:21

Twat is an absolute no-no.

Why should your DN (nephew?) not have leaned back?

Why would the teacher be allowed a cup of coffee in the classroom?

That's totally frowned upon in any school I've ever been in!

ravenAK Sat 18-May-13 22:50:01

Unusual for coursework a) to exist & b) to be done in a computer room (& in which case, just print it out again, surely?).

Having said that, I've never called a year 10 a twat, despite many years of potential provocation.

I asked a year 11 the other day whether he was pratting about because 'you just don't give a shit about your GCSE? Because frankly, if that's how you feel, just leave my classroom now.'

The room went very quiet. Miscreant in question muttered 'No miss. I'm really sorry.' & set about picking up the bits of paper he'd been chucking about.

It's really not language which is habitually used by teachers towards students - I very deliberately did so because we're in the last few vital lessons & I knew it would shock.

Having said that, not really your place to complain on his behalf.

wetspringday Sat 18-May-13 22:50:10

I don't think he found it funny he'd spilled the coffee to be fair, but he and his mates found it funny that the teacher has Used A Bad Word. They're 15; they're a bit gormless but harmless enough grin

Salmotrutta Sat 18-May-13 22:50:54

The teacher was the twat IMHO.

wetspringday Sat 18-May-13 22:52:11

Raven - you see, I'm a teacher myself and while I can sort of understand the language slipping out I'd NEVER use it deliberately. I would be annoyed at that (sorry.)

It wasn't the Year 10 kids' coursework. It was work from another year (sixth form perhaps?) - think from the sounds of things the teacher was going to mark it with a cup of coffee while the kids got on with work on the computers.

ravenAK Sat 18-May-13 22:53:02

ah, cross posted. Well, in that case, I'd be mopping up & cursing myself for leaving an unlidded coffee near important paperwork. I'd be guaranteed to spill it myself, without adding klutzy teenage boys into the mix!

Swearing definitely not appropriate, but hey, we're human. No-one actually hurt, & student on receiving end not offended. No real harm done.

Salmotrutta Sat 18-May-13 22:54:12

I relate to raven - I once told a pupil they were talking crap. I intended it to shock.

And it did.

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