I'm currently a 5th and 6th grade teacher. I had a student a few years ago who was a sweetheart, but would CONSTANTLY miss school. She suffered from some sort of anxiety disorder. I had a real soft spot for her so I did everything I could to help, which included allowing her to leave in the middle of class to call her mom when she felt anxious, allowing her to sit and eat lunch in my room because the lunchroom was too loud and hectic, playing games with her at recess because the other kids didn't want to, etc. I mean I bent over backwards to help this girl. Well, that year this student missed 87 days of school, and that's not including the days she came in late or the days she left early. At the end of the year we had a meeting with her parents to tell her that she wouldn't be passing to the next grade because of all the time she missed (I did inform her parents of this many times throughout the year). Her mom proceeded to rip me part for not teaching her daughter enough, not giving her enough work to keep her motivated, etc. She would not even think about the fact that if you added up all the time she missed it would be close to 100 days of school. I still to this day don't understand if she truly didn't get it, or was legit mentally ill to think her daughter would be doing well while missing 3/4 of the year. (Source)
Said they thought I had faked my chemistry degree. Admins did not support me either. Ended up having to take a somewhat informal test administered by a doctor who was another one of my students' parents to prove I had in fact studied chemistry. Actually f_cking happened. It was in my second year. (Source)
This is one of my mother's (MANY) stories from 25+ years at an inner city school: Kid is acting tired and weepy, says his head hurts. She allows him to lay his head on the desk and rest most of the day. she allows this on a fairly regular basis because lots of her kids aren't getting sleep at home/ police raids/drive by etc.. As the day goes on he's not acting like he feels any better so she goes to the office to call the grandmother (mother isn't listed) She gets grandmother on the phone & says " Xxxxx is saying his head hurts & really doesn't seem to feel well at all - has he been sick? Did something happen?" Grandmother "yeah, ever since that car ran over he head, he been having them headaches." (Source)
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