So I thought this would be an interesting thread. Obviously, it’s not a good idea to post about your current job, but I’m sure we’ve all done something that could’ve gotten us fired, put on leave, or at least written up. For whatever reason, we weren’t caught.
I recently read an article about a teacher who was fired for organizing a Hoodie/Trayvon Martin fundraiser at her school. I sometimes think that I’m going to be “that” teacher who gets laid off for just going about her business. Like the teacher fired for receiving IVF. Or just let go for opening her big mouth.
In the past, I have:
[ul][li]Reported a school for abusing children (it was a special ed setting) - before the union, it was definitely a fire-able offense. In fact, some staffers were mysteriously let go or internally ‘investigated’ for ‘child abuse’ after it was found out they’d issued complaints to the state. Luckily, no one suspected little ole me. Sadly, the powers-that-be never stepped in.[/li][li]Sworn at kids. At my current job, I told them to sit the f— down. (Hey, they were fighting!) I’ve sworn around kids by the slip of the tongue, but never at them. Oh, except for when I said “bullshit”. (Stuff was getting stolen.) Uh, yeah, I’m not a jerk.[/li][li]Fudged a grade 3 points so a single 17 year old mom could pass the class and graduate[/li][/ul]
Things that had to do with money - kind of borderline and most teachers do this kind of stuff sometimes, but the wrong boss could make an issue out of it:
[li]Given bus money or food money to kids (yup, that was verboten)[/li][li]Given students items of mine (clothes for a homeless girl, a hair clip I made that a student liked, a bracelet I wore maybe once a year, a cool pen, an old phone charger to replace one that was stolen in class)[/li][li]Got two girls Christmas presents and sent them anonymously after their dad left them and mom lost her job[/li][li]Was at a Hello Kitty store while on vacation and was reminded of a student who was obsessed with HK. I picked her up a couple of pencils and a scented eraser. She was thrilled.[/li][/ul]
I know. I’m such a rebel. I’ve never done anything in my classroom that was really sketchy, but them’s were technically the rules.
But…in college, before I even thought I liked kids…I worked in an entirely different setting. Once, I accidentally told a wholesale client what our ‘cost’ was. Via fax, too. I sent the wrong form. I cost the company $300k in three minutes. I would’ve been fired had I not been the boss’s daughter, but instead my dad decided he wouldn’t let me live that down for months. So getting fired for being a run-of-the-mill moron is clearly still an option for me.