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

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Justforlaughs Thu 22-Aug-13 19:06:58

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?

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.

Justforlaughs Thu 22-Aug-13 19:57:32

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.

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