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Stories from your school days

66Mustang
66Mustang Community Co-Production Group Posts: 5,787 Disability Gamechanger
Do you have any interesting stories to share from your school days?

I was meant to be getting changed for PE in about 2003 but was messing about so as a punishment the teacher made me get changed outside in the playground during play time. It makes me feel old being able to say the following but I don’t think that would be allowed these days, it would be against some kind of right.

I was also hit with a clipboard in 2007 which I think was quite a modern time for teachers to be hitting pupils, in the 70s sure attacking pupils was fair game but 2007?!

Overall though I had quite a sheltered school life. I have heard stories from people where they went to schools which were just feral - setting fire to cars and in high school older students going in the wrong gender toilet and doing questionable things. Compared to that my school was pretty civilised.
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  • woodbine
    woodbine Community Co-Production Group Posts: 5,675 Disability Gamechanger
    Whilst I was at grammar school and was probably about 15 we would congregate on one of the corridors at break time and at the end of the corridor was the lady teachers toilet, having seen one of the young women enter the toilet we locked her in.
    I remember my time at grammar school as being great fun, most of the teachers were useless we were on first name terms with most of them and I remember our metal work teacher used to let us smoke in his office.
    Although this was between 1970-75 I never once saw or heard of anybody being caned or physically punished, I flatly refused to do P.E for the whole of my time there and it was just accepted.
    I am a person with epilepsy not an epileptic, my illness doesn't define me.
  • 66Mustang
    66Mustang Community Co-Production Group Posts: 5,787 Disability Gamechanger
    Sounds like a very relaxed school @woodbine

    smoking in the teachers office haha :D

    I wasn’t allowed to refuse PE but my parents knew I hated it and got bullied so they wrote me a sick note most weeks
  • janer1967
    janer1967 Member Posts: 12,914 Disability Gamechanger
    We were allowed to smoke in the youth club on school site if you were in your final year 

    I went to a comprehensive school we didn't have a uniform wore our own clothes 

    There was another school on the other side of the road and there were plenty of conflicts and tough competition 
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  • woodbine
    woodbine Community Co-Production Group Posts: 5,675 Disability Gamechanger
    @janer1967 that just reminded me of something else we had a full school uniform but in my final 2 years the badge was held on with a paper-clip and i reused to wear the tie, mainly because every Friday some of us went for a chinese with a couple of beers.
    I am a person with epilepsy not an epileptic, my illness doesn't define me.
  • Sandy_123
    Sandy_123 Member Posts: 2,205 Pioneering
    I was a star pupil until we hit seniors, then we did daft things instead of learning. Like acting silly in classes. Many after school days spent writing lines in detention. Which served no purpose what so ever. 
    When the schools started striking, I  remember the whole school pupils going out on strike to annoy the teachers and because was so many of us they didn't do anything. Apart from a stern talk in esembly from a bemused head teacher.
    Lots of playing truant and just being a pain in the neck.
    Was fun tho.

  • mikehughescq
    mikehughescq Member Posts: 7,842 Disability Gamechanger
    Hmm. Where to start? Maybe the religious studies teacher who slept with another teacher in the open air behind the Josue mobile whilst we all watched agog from the sixth form window? 
  • 66Mustang
    66Mustang Community Co-Production Group Posts: 5,787 Disability Gamechanger
    Thank you for sharing, everyone :open_mouth:
  • leeCal
    leeCal Member Posts: 4,348 Disability Gamechanger
    We collectively played up our chemistry teacher so badly that he eventually would come in, fill an entire rotary blackboard with text and then walked out again. I have always felt very sorry for him. As a consequence we all failed chemistry. ☹️

    I'm a bit of a conspiracy theorist...as if you didn't know.


  • JustPete
    JustPete Community Volunteer Adviser Posts: 66 Connected
    ........Well............even after 30 odd years, some things that happened at school are probably best left at school!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  >:)o:)>:)o:)  
    I am a Scope Volunteer.   I have knowledge about life! Additionally, but not limited to: living with a disability, employing personal assistants (requiring 24x7 care), education (having reached PhD level), sexuality (being gay) managing relationships having a disability (tricky), technology and assistive technology (being a geek), sport & leisure (being a Paralympian and on various committees whose purpose is to maximise inclusion at all levels), mental health (both through personal experience and supporting others), Arsenal Football Club (a necessary part of life).  If I can't help, I will endeavour to find somebody who can.

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  • Justcheckingin15
    Justcheckingin15 Member Posts: 223 Pioneering
    😳@mikehughes...maybe demonstrating  how to 'Love Thy Neighbour'..🤔
  • Bi33yLi88y
    Bi33yLi88y Member Posts: 3 Listener
    Sadly some teachers were just pure bullies! 🥴
  • rubin16
    rubin16 Member Posts: 214 Pioneering
    My schools days were torture for me, I was badly bullied and beat up everyday in high school as people found me different, even the teachers were rude to me and didn't understand the difficulties I was facing. It turned out I was autistic and was only diagnosed after leaving highschool and was diagnosed with having significant autistic traits when I was 19/20.

    I was also forced to follow a group of lads home which was miles away from my own home who threatened me if I didn't go with them. forcing me to eat horse manure, and do sexual stuff to them. I actually thought they were going to kill me at one point. I also didn't get support at home as I lived with my mum and she left the house to move in with her boyfriend. So would come home to an empty cold house as the heating and electric went out, and was forced to live of cold pot noodles. I would cut myself as a teen as it was my only release and even tried killing myself a few times. I was kicked out of school at age 14 as my behavior became a concern, as I started hallucinating and becoming unwell. I left school without any qualifications and moved in with my step dad who I still live with to this day.

    It took me years to be able to talk about this, as I would just blank out my teen years, but life was hell when I was younger, and is probabley the main reasons I have mental health difficulities to this day. (Schizophrenia)
  • mikehughescq
    mikehughescq Member Posts: 7,842 Disability Gamechanger
    😳@mikehughes...maybe demonstrating  how to 'Love Thy Neighbour'..🤔
    There were rumours that several pupils also benefited from religious instruction. 
  • daz2
    daz2 Member, Community Co-Production Group, CP Network Posts: 43 Courageous
    edited November 20
    My 18th birthday coinsided with a school trip to Russia, showing my age as it was still USSR.When we were in what was still Leningrad I tried some 98% proof Siberian vodka. Bad idea as I lost the feeling in my throat for 2 hours. Teachers almost took me to a hospital. It was just before the collapse of communism. The economy was collapsing. I gave a waiter in the hotel a fiver for looking after my wallet when I left it in the restaurant. It was equal to three months pay. 
  • Sandy_123
    Sandy_123 Member Posts: 2,205 Pioneering
    @rubin16 that must of been awful for you to go through all that.

    @daz2 the good old USSR. what a school trip tho. We only got to go local. 
  • JustPete
    JustPete Community Volunteer Adviser Posts: 66 Connected
    @rubin16 I'm just checking you are ok and whether you needed/wanted any support?
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    "You are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, smarter than you think and loved more than you'll ever know." - Winnie The Pooh
  • Libby_Scope
    Libby_Scope Posts: 204 Courageous
    @rubin16 thank you for sharing your story with us and I'm really sorry you had to experience that during your schooling years. It must have been extremely challenging and you should be proud of yourself that you can tell your story after so many years. Was the bullying at school reported and dealt with appropriately? If not, we can help you to report these incidents. 

    Are you currently accessing support for your mental health via your GP etc.? These websites might be helpful for you to learn more about your mental health and what can be done to best support it; 

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  • 66Mustang
    66Mustang Community Co-Production Group Posts: 5,787 Disability Gamechanger
    edited November 22
    Good to see there is some support here @rubin16 I read your post and am sorry to hear what you went through but didn’t really know how to respond, so just want to say I’m glad to see there are people here looking out for you

    I was bullied at school too so want to say I know how you feel but wasn’t bullied to that extent so probably don’t. All I can say is I find it helps to put the past behind me and focus on the future but I respect the fact that that may be harder with what you went through. If I was in that position I’d probably find it hard to put it behind me and would be exploring the legal options and prosecution etc. but I guess that won’t take away what happened so only you know what’s best for you in that respect.
  • 66Mustang
    66Mustang Community Co-Production Group Posts: 5,787 Disability Gamechanger
    @daz2 great stories, thank you
  • rubin16
    rubin16 Member Posts: 214 Pioneering
    Hi thanks for everyones replies and conerns,

    I'm okay nowadays although I do have flashbacks and nightmares about what happened when I was a teen, and it has taken me years to be able to talk about my experiences. I never reported it at the time as I never really was able to talk about it and struggle to talk about it, also I didn't know the guys who did it to me as they were just strangers from school who I didn't know personally so couldn't report it. I just want to be able to help others who have gone through similar experiences.

    Thanks again for your concerns but I'm ready to try put the past behind me and try look forward to the future.

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