Teacher posts brilliant response to student’s profane letter

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An English teacher at McKinley High School (city unknown) found a letter from one of her students taped to the door of the classroom, according to a posting on Reddit.

The 101-word letter was full of grammatical and spelling errors, and also contained curse words and name calling directed at the teacher.

And how did the teacher respond?

By correcting all of the student’s mistakes.

The teacher went through and sliced and diced the letter in red marker, noting everything from not having a date to not indenting the signature line to a comma splice.

And at the bottom, the teacher had one last smackdown for the student by writing: “*Please use your education appropriately. Proofreading takes five minutes & keeps you from looking stupid.*”

Perfect.

See the letter below. Note: Some readers might find some of the language offensive.

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53 comments

      • Spare Me

        Why? How on Earth is the teacher a loser? Sounds to me as if the author of the letter is a loser. What glorious activity is he or she planning to do with the time not spent on schoolwork? Oh, yeah, getting stoned behind the school ‘Scuse me.

    • James

      “That teacher is such a loser i would have just disregarded it”

      That teacher is such a loser. I would have disregarded the letter. Don’t end a sentence in a proposition.

    • smarty101

      Let me guess, this student reminds you of yourself in senior English….clearly based on your post, the education didn’t stick ;)

    • Imjester

      Why does this make the teacher a loser? The issue is, most kids these days feel that they are better than the teachers. This is a classic example of properly putting someone in there place, while being able to use this as a learning tool for all her pupils. I thought it had humor, and tact. With all of the restrictions on teachers now days and none on the students, educators need to come up with more creative tools to combat bullying from students!

  • Pat Gregory

    As an English teacher, I applaud the teacher for responding in such a positive that was both constructive and professional. I would have responded in the same way. It does not benefit anyone to respond any other way. Teacher kudos for your restraint.

    • Monica

      “Pat, the word “positive” is not an adverb. You may be an English teacher… My assumption however, is that you are an ESOL individual.”

      My assumption is that it was a typing error.

    • Rich Halas

      “As an English teacher, I applaud the teacher for responding in such a positive that was both constructive and professional. I would have responded in the same way. It does not benefit anyone to respond any other way. Teacher kudos for your restraint.”
      Pat, the word “positive” is not an adverb.

      It wasn’t being used as an adverb in that typo. It was being used as an adjective, but the sentence was missing a noun for the adjective to modify.

    • Greg

      I’ll assume that either “way” or “manner” was simply omitted from the sentence. As for saving character count by using conjunctions, English grammar isn’t based on Twitter. There’s nothing wrong with writing out “does not.” The only other error you might have found was the lavck of a comma.

      • gturner38

        This is what I get for reading the arrogant rebuttal. The reference to conjunctions that Gram made and I repeated should have been contraction.

      • Lianne

        The teacher did not use fragments in her note. She or he used proper editing shorthand. You are clueless and I weep for the English language as a whole, you hole!

  • EducatedFool

    I not only applaud the teacher for taking this route, but find it even funnier while reading the negative comments from other readers. Teachers like this are necessary, as evidenced by above commentary.

  • Paris Love

    I think this is so hilarious. If I was the teacher, I would have corrected all the mistakes, as well as attached a note saying that this child is only hurting himself by not doing any of the work. It’s senior English which is necessary for graduation. Refusal to do any of the work will result in the child having to either repeat the course in summer school or come back that fall. It doesn’t hurt the teacher. More students should realize this.

  • BRIAN GRANT

    I BELIEVE IT IS A HOAX BECAUSE A COMPUTER WOULD HAVE SPEEL CHECKED IT AND THE SCHOOL PROBABLY DOES NOT HAVE THE MONEY TO FUND PRINTERS

  • Tammy Dearing

    I think it was totally appropriate for the teacher to respond, and I think she did it wonderfully and with class. I have worked in the school system for over 25 years and have noticed a steady increase in the lack of respect these students have for adults. Years ago students would never have shown this type of disrespect, unfortunately this type of behavior begins at home, where the parents leave the job of raising children up to the school system, and then complain when we actually make children accountable for their actions!

    • Christian Chenard

      Tammy, I totally support your assessment. When I had a student displaying other than appropriate decorum to anyone in the school, let alone in my class, the parents were summoned for a conference. If I felt the parents were not serious about taking their child’s conduct in hand, I informed them that the child was no more welcome to come and learn in my classroom. If the school, principal or other person threatened me, I threatened to expose the school. One principal threatened to fire me and he is the one the school board let go. You can stand up to idiots, whether they be school staff or parents, but you just hold your ground.

  • Chanda

    @Shawn why does it have to be BK?! Why not Taco Bell or McDonalds?! I would be frightened to allow this student anywhere near my Whopper.

  • Terrence Richardson

    Oh shut up. Would you rather see another crime story or something on the plane crash instead? Not every news story has to be doom and gloom.

  • dan

    the journalism is the biggest disgrce. the post itself is almost certainly fake. maybe it’s real. maybe.

    more likely, though, it’s a fake designed to appeal to the self righteous (myself included) who want to see dumbasses get their comeuppance. unfortinately, the real punk is the supposed journalist who considers an anonymous internet post from mckinley ‘city unkown’ to be a remotely credible source.

  • Bernie

    The teacher should know who this person is by looking at the trend of misspelled word compared to old homework. I’m not surprised that the standards have been lowered to have passed a student with this much inadept intellect.

  • retiring cop!

    I think this teacher is awesome. He or she understands that you cannot educate a student who does not want to learn. If the student does not try, they cannot learn. What will happen though? Like all of us things that we lack the foresight to recognize the importance of when we are young, we will come to value later when we mature. A harsh response could shut the door for a future desire to learn, but this response leaves the door open, and does not add the shame and guilt that could prevent a person from trying later. The most important quality of a teacher is a heart for their students!

  • Michelle Pepper

    The sad matter of all of this is that people are down on a teacher for this. Really? The saddest day in my life was correcting a letter sent home from my middle school daughter’s English teacher. Twenty-three errors in spelling,syntax, usage, and grammar were found in her “Welcome to English class” letter. My daughter was incredulous over this. The teacher was afraid of me the rest of the year. Maybe because I had a Bachelor’s degree in English and she had two classes at most?

    • Warnie Pritchett

      I can’t really blame the teacher in that instance unless said teacher specifically had an English degree. If the teacher didn’t have an English degree, you’ve stumbled upon a major issue within public school systems: teachers being forced into subjects beyond their knowledge.

      My 11th grade U.S. History teacher was a first time History teacher. The teacher had been in the school system for 18 years but she had an English degree and taught English her entire career. The summer prior to my Junior year, she was told the only openings they had were for U.S. History and Senior Government. If she wanted her contract picked up, she would have to take one of those positions. As you can imagine, the class was the worst History course I’ve ever had. Dates and names were incorrect on tests, lesson plans were half-baked, and there was no enthusiasm from the teacher at all. In fact, she’d complain at least once a week, to ALL the students in the class, that she hated history and wanted to go back to teaching English.

      The same thing happened to my former 7th Grade teacher – now retired – who had an advanced degree in Mathematics. When she was my teacher, she taught math and history. Two years later, the administration moved her to ENGLISH and History, where she stayed for the remainder of her career.

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