Did you play tricks on your teachers that you would/ wouldn't admit to your DCs?

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Not AIBU but I'm bored! When we were in school we used to play all sorts of pranks. I remember using diversion signs to send all the traffic from the main road through the school gates and out the other side. What did you do? And would you be mad if your DCs did the same thing now?

dementedmumof6 Thu 22-Aug-13 19:14:47

When I was at school the entire registration class locked the teacher out and put a chair under the handle after she went to do a message forgetting to take her keys, the door was only opened after the head teacher arrived and threatened everyone with suspension.

We locked the maths teacher in the store cupboard for the entire lesson.

TurnOffTheTv Thu 22-Aug-13 19:19:36

The whole class hid in the history room sliding cupboards ( they were huge floor to ceiling full length of the room) we heard him come in. Go out. Come back in again muttering. When he left again we all piled out and sat in out desks to wait for him. Fucking classic grin

TurnOffTheTv Thu 22-Aug-13 19:19:36

The whole class hid in the history room sliding cupboards ( they were huge floor to ceiling full length of the room) we heard him come in. Go out. Come back in again muttering. When he left again we all piled out and sat in out desks to wait for him. Fucking classic grin

Lj8893 Thu 22-Aug-13 19:24:14


We did exactly the same to our maths teacher. She cried. But she was always crying anyway.

Did we go to the same school?!

TurnOffTheTv Thu 22-Aug-13 19:24:36

The whole class hid in the history room sliding cupboards ( they were huge floor to ceiling full length of the room) we heard him come in. Go out. Come back in again muttering. When he left again we all piled out and sat in out desks to wait for him. Fucking classic grin

Jovellanos Thu 22-Aug-13 19:24:53

Haha, bloody teachers eh? Always crying.


TurnOffTheTv Thu 22-Aug-13 19:25:10

Jesus wept. iPhone fail!

karatekimmi Thu 22-Aug-13 19:25:30

Quite nasty when I think about it, but we used to dunk items from the bin (apple cores pencil sharpening ) in unattended coffee!! As a teacher I only ever drank hot water in my class as a result!!

Lj8893 Thu 22-Aug-13 19:28:03


I didn't mean it to come across the way it did.
I was very fond of the majority of my teachers at school and have the greatest respect for teachers, its not a job I could do far too impatient with kids

But it was very difficult to have respect for a teacher who broke down in tears everytime someone talked in class.

Our Physics student would spend his lunch hour setting up experiments for us to do. We would walk in a turn off the power switch on the plug! EVERY lesson! He never learned! Bless him! He'd spend the next 1/2 hour trying to work out why it wouldn't work now grin
Glad is wasn't just us!

Lj8893 Thu 22-Aug-13 19:30:03

*jovellanos not anus. Oops!

Lj we had one of those as well.
When I did my teaching practice I remember thinking that I would deserve anything that the kids threw at me, but they were all really well behaved confused

Everyone in our class mouthed. We were on a class trip, a hiking thing, so just us and her, and we all mouthed and looked confused when she couldn't seem to hear.

We hid a Bunsen burner in the teachers bag, cue lots of frothing about us stealing it and the punishment we would get when he found out who took it... when he finally opened his bag and revealed the Bunsen burner there was a great cry of disapproving 'ohhh sir, you're naughty'

MrsCampbellBlack Thu 22-Aug-13 19:35:17

We sent a young French conversation teacher to Coventry, nobody spoke for the entire lesson. I still feel ashamed of that now.

FayTality Thu 22-Aug-13 19:37:35

My favourite one was one of my brother's, who replaced the powdered milk in the staffroom with Smash potato mix. I think that was quite inspired!

Lj8893 Thu 22-Aug-13 19:39:12


My class tried doing that all the time but I always ruined it, there was never a chance of me being quiet for an entire lesson!

Ooohh Fay I might have to try one that one myself in the staff canteen on April 1st! (I don't drink tea/ coffee! wink)

magimedi Thu 22-Aug-13 19:45:03

We had a dire RE teacher, who used to turn up in a different national costume every week - we used to all sit there with hands clasped in an attitude of prayer before she came in & refuse to participate in the lesson 'because we were praying'.

We were pretty headstrong & vile (late 1960's!)

JamieandtheMagicTorch Thu 22-Aug-13 19:46:10

When I was in Secondary we had this utterly useless Chemistry teacher. One day the whole my 6th form class just didn't turn up, and when she came to look for us in the 6th Form block we all hid in the toilets. It was the naughtiest thing I ever did and I remember the thrill of it.

However, we were all such good girls we felt ashamed and went and apologised to her that afternoon.

She was useless though

Inclusionist Thu 22-Aug-13 19:47:03

We used to have coughing fits in order around the room and take our jumpers off in order. Pretty lame, but none the less it flustered our elderly RS teacher.

In the first school my DH worked at there was a very inert Geography teacher who had a bookcase on each side of his room. There was a school competition to see how many books could be swapped over during the course of a lesson, the record being the entire bookcase there and back allegedly .

I think it's good if classes have enough cohesion and thinking skills to organise this stuff, a dying art methinks.

thekingfisher Thu 22-Aug-13 19:48:32

we stuck sanitary towels to the rather butch looking PE teacher's car....blush

CrazyHamsterdisguisedasatree Thu 22-Aug-13 19:49:17

My whole class hid in the woods once on the way to PE .
Our school field was at the other side of the woods & their was this huge Den like thing the Teachers didn't know about as it was very well hidden they weren't half confused & spent over half n hour looking for us

SmiteYouWithThunderbolts Thu 22-Aug-13 19:49:30

We put the clock forward 20 minutes before our (very sweet and dippy) Maths teacher arrived so he let us go for lunch early. We were in deep shit next lesson though grin

thekingfisher Thu 22-Aug-13 19:49:38

and advertised the head mistresses car for sale in the local newspaper

thekingfisher Thu 22-Aug-13 19:49:50

and the temporary classrooms.....

thekingfisher Thu 22-Aug-13 19:51:27

and also put in an advert for cream teas at the 6th form house for over 60's...

we were quite naughty....

and something that may completely out me but our 6th form house was called West Bank house .... on the last day of sixth form the sign was 'edited ' by swapping over the first letters....... blush blush grin

waltzingmathilda Thu 22-Aug-13 19:52:51

No. I'm old enough to respect both authority and my parents

SmiteYouWithThunderbolts Thu 22-Aug-13 19:53:28

and something that may completely out me but our 6th form house was called West Bank house .... on the last day of sixth form the sign was 'edited ' by swapping over the first letters


Inclusionist Thu 22-Aug-13 19:53:47

Love yours kingfisher

complexnumber Thu 22-Aug-13 19:55:02

We would all move silently to the front by about a foot when our French teacher was facing the board.

More easily we would all change places when she wasn't facing as we knew she did not know our names.

Lj8893 Thu 22-Aug-13 19:55:23


Yours are all brilliant!

Spikeytree Thu 22-Aug-13 19:55:54

If some of my classes went missing I wouldn't be wasting time looking for them.

Smite that is fab! grin
Oh, the good ol' days!
(and after all the fun and games we had I can still put an apostrophe in the right place wink so I must have learned something)

Capitola Thu 22-Aug-13 20:06:07

Yes, we were horrid. All girls, convent school - nuns that were lambs to the slaughter. We were vile, looking back but God - did we have a laugh.

I have never admitted anything to my dcs and wont until they're adults.

cathpip Thu 22-Aug-13 20:10:16

We tied the history teachers brief case to the blinds, he was not happy, neither was the head teacher......

gordyslovesheep Thu 22-Aug-13 20:14:54

never did anything - my mum was a teacher - I saw how hard she worked and the abuse thrown at her

she was reduced to tears once - it was so fucking funny - not

MiaowTheCat Thu 22-Aug-13 20:41:30

Pranks - fine and good... but people who brag about locking teachers in cupboards really wind me up - the idea of it absolutely terrifies me (I'm claustrophobic) and although I've always made sure checking, double and triple checking that I never enter a cupboard without the keys to the cupboard being ON me at the time - the fact that it extends to chair wedging and furniture being shoved in front of cupboards etc really freaks me out (especially considering I did a lot of supply where you're essentially considered meat to feed to the baying wolves).

I was the first to laugh at any daftness and kids trying to get one up on me - but the cupboard thing and people bragging about it has always really bothered me.

Spikeytree Thu 22-Aug-13 20:43:49

I've taught in some schools where I've considered locking myself in the cupboard, Miaow, but I know what you mean. There are 'pranks' and there is vindictive ganging up and being proud that you've reduced someone to tears when they are just trying to do their job.

redexpat Thu 22-Aug-13 21:06:48

We flicked the ink from our fountain pens on the french teacher's back. She was also pretty useless but I feel [blush now].

Lj8893 Thu 22-Aug-13 21:08:02

I don't think any of us were bragging about it, just that it had happened in our class/school.

Not saying its an excuse but I was 12 at the time, and yes I do look back and think what a horrible thing to do, along with many other things I'm sure I did at that age!

I can't remember exactly what punishment our class got for it but whatever it was, we certainly deserved it!

ElvisJesusAndCocaCola Thu 22-Aug-13 21:14:39

miaow and spikey I went to a respectable girls' grammar school and the way I saw a couple of teachers treated by the girls (I was a not-so-innocent bystander sad ) made me vow never to train to be a teacher.

I am now a teacher, of course, and luckily have never encountered similar behaviour, thank god.

5Foot5 Thu 22-Aug-13 22:01:21

Some of these are hilarious!

My favourite was one played on our English teacher by a boy in the class. He got a piece of chalk and carefully bored a hole down the middle, just big enough to take a live match. He then put it on the ledge of the blackboard at the start of the lesson. Of course she started to write and suddenly had a flame coming out of the end of her chalk. It was superb! Fortunately she was a very good sport and was impressed herself.

CubanoHabana Thu 22-Aug-13 22:14:29

We put our form teachers chair on the roof once, a branch from a tree in his cupboard and then when it was snowing put footprints on the roof heading away from the window, to the edge, using a stick and a pair of shoes - he panicked about that one as he thought someone had gone onto the roof And then fell off...

He did threaten that if he ever taught any of us for gcse that he would guarantee we failed!

In the boys school, they hid in a different classroom for a young German teacher and when she went to get the head, they all mysteriously were sat working in the correct classroom, head took teacher off virtually in tears and when she came back, guess what? No kids in the classroom again... She never came back after that lesson - word was she had a nervous breakdown. We were told my head of German that if any of us who were taught by her wanted to take it for gcse, that she would hold extra lessons as she was aware that we were not at the expected standard....

I am now a teacher and only thing that has been done to me, is locked out of my room once... Can't say I minded not having to teach them, just sat happily ringing their parents to let them know they had an hour's detention the next day, they didn't do it again!

DalekInAFestiveJumper Thu 22-Aug-13 22:33:24

We took the frog we were supposed to be dissecting in biology, rigged it from the lab sink by a hangman's noose and drafted a suicide note purportedly written by said frog explaining that it was tired of being used for its body, and never being appreciated for its intellect.

Bio teacher won that one though, no question. He was always getting onto us about slamming the dissection trays down. So the next day, I go to grab our now mostly skeletal frog from the fridge, plunk it down, and the zombie horror JUMPED INTO MY HAIR. Teacher had rigged the thing with a windup spring that was triggered by a solid thud. Once I stopped freaking out, it was six kinds of hilarious.

justmyview Thu 22-Aug-13 22:41:34

My friend got hold of Polyfilla from her Dad's toolkit, we mixed it up in the girls' toilets and made a fake plaster cast on her arm. Blocked all the basins big style, but (to my astonishment now) we didn't get into any trouble. Fair play to the school management - I assume they just acknowledged that it was an innocent prank and no harm intended - it was kind of obvious who the culprits were! smile

IsotopeMe Fri 23-Aug-13 00:06:06

Some of these stories are hilarious!

JCDenton Fri 23-Aug-13 01:04:11

A group of around 12 of the strongest lads picked up our CDT teachers' Mini and carried it around the corner from where it was parked. That may have been slightly beyond the pale.

koutaliaphobe Fri 23-Aug-13 01:20:35

My mother has admitted her school pranks to me. They were far worse than anything we ever got up to (at an inner city comprehensive).
At her lovely all-girls grammar school they dangled a trainee teacher out the window by her ankles. And never got in any trouble for it as the poor woman was too terrified of what they'd do to her if she ever mentioned it sad

WestieMamma Fri 23-Aug-13 01:29:45

The elderly lady who lived opposite us gave me her old typewriter and a load of old stationery. She was a retired schools inspector and the stationery included a load of old Department of Education headed paper. I promptly used the typewriter and paper to write a letter to my head-teacher informing her that Friday's were no longer going to be part of the school week and would hence forth be the first day of the weekend. Sadly she comply with this instruction. sad

WestieMamma Fri 23-Aug-13 01:30:27

Ignore the stray apostrophe in that post.

WestieMamma Fri 23-Aug-13 01:31:16

* Sadly she DIDN'T comply

<goes to bed>

Adikia Fri 23-Aug-13 04:10:08

smile in yr 11 my best friend and I had a halloween party and had one of those crappy ghosts that made wooing noises when someone walked past it so the next day we hid it under our RE teachers desk so it went off everytime he moved his foot grin he clearly thought this was hilarious coz he spent the rest of the week hiding it in different places round the school near our classes so he could blame us... git even let us do 5 whole minutes of detention before arriving with sweets and admitting it.

My mum's was the best though, she decided it was too cold for a snowball fight outside so her and her friends took the snow into one of the portable classrooms and played in there instead.

Our teacher threw out the class Christmas tree in the alleyway behind school.
Next day she arrived to find the tree back in the classroom with a note attached:
"A tree is for life, not just for Christmas"
She put the tree back in the alleyway.
Cue weeks of tree replacement, until February half term, when the tree was little more than a skeletal brown gothic horror. The teacher snapped the tree in half and stuffed it into her tiny car. We never saw it again.

saintmerryweather Fri 23-Aug-13 07:25:56

my class were a bunch of cunts who thought it funny to lock the teacher in cupboards and play up all the time. since id been brought up to respect teachers though, i found it hard to join in but would get bullied when i objected, or worse, spoiled their fun. why is it funny to drive a 'useless' teacher to the point of tears? never did understand that

loving the tree one though thats a proper prank!

MammaTJ Fri 23-Aug-13 08:40:57

We were cruel to one particular teacher. We used to all make a sound in the back of out throats, so she wouldn't know who was doing it. One would start, then another, then another. We would either all alternate, so she couldn't pin it down, or all do it. We nearly drove the poor useless woman to a nervous breakdown!

I would go nuts at my DC if they ever got caught did anything like that.

Jovellanos Fri 23-Aug-13 10:45:19

Before I finally saw the light and left teaching, I witnessed a colleague doing dinner duty being pelted with food by pupils.

It's a fine line between pranks, and the kind of workplace harrassment and bullying that no other professional person would tolerate for a single second, but which are seen as 'par for the course' for teachers.

olivo Fri 23-Aug-13 10:48:57

OMG, as a teacher about to meet a whole new set of classes next week, this thread is making me a tad nervous...........blush

Oblomov Fri 23-Aug-13 10:58:06

When did you DO these things? How many years ago?

I did nothing at school. Dh tells me the pranks he did and I am truely shocked. Not as shocked as I am by this thread.
OMG shock

SweepTheHalls Fri 23-Aug-13 11:03:50

Some pranks are funny, like the tree, so many are just about it being ok to be a bully.

andadietcoke Fri 23-Aug-13 11:05:19

One of the boys in my class had one of those Casio watches that could act as a remote control. He programmed his watch to control the school video players and would stop, fast forward, rewind, pause and eject videos at will. The teachers were absolutely flummoxed because 'it had always worked fine for the previous class' and they never talked cross dept so didn't realise it was only our class it was happening to.

livinginwonderland Fri 23-Aug-13 11:12:41

The Christmas tree one made me spit out my coffee. That's brilliant 'cause it doesn't actually hurt anyone, it's just funny.

My German teacher was the best to wind up. Our favourite one was to just move seats. He sat us in alphabetical order and we just used to switch randomly, but answer to the name of the person we'd swapped with. He got SO confused when "Matt" answered to "Jess".

ShellyBoobs Fri 23-Aug-13 11:38:33

A group of us in the 6th form started an affair between 2 teachers.

Well, when I say we started it, what we did was to convince each of them that the other was wanting to start one.

It was 1989 and our school had a very early sort of an intranet system for the teachers.

By judiciously looking over the shoulders of the teachers, we managed to piece together their passwords.

Someone then started logging in each morning and sending messages between the teachers. What made it work was that neither of them knew how to see the sent messages, only the received ones.

It went on for weeks and weeks.


BoneyBackJefferson Fri 23-Aug-13 12:25:59

its all good fun until someone gets hurt but then there is nothing liked getting picked on, bullied or Terrored in the workplace.

loopyluna Fri 23-Aug-13 12:35:25

In primary, we set all the stop clocks in the cupboard to go off at the same time, which happened to be just after the unfortunate trainee teacher had sat us down for a story! I still remember the look on her face when 30 odd bells suddenly rang out!

Can't remember any senior school ones but there plenty and I remember some kids really went a bit far, and feeling sorry for the teachers at times.

uselessinformation Fri 23-Aug-13 12:56:57

Some of these that don't hurt anyone are funny. However, some of it is bullying. Those saying that teachers have to put up with it when it wouldn't be allowed in other work places are wrong. You don't have to put up with bullying from children. You can report it as bullying and the school will have to do something about it.

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