That's not something you ever expect to hear, especially when you're a high school teacher. Last spring, that's exactly what one of my students yelled upon returning from the bathroom.
It was true. A student had taken their own excrement and rubbed it all over the wall of the 2nd floor bathroom. Disgusting.
That's not the shocking part. I immediately contacted the custodians and asked them about this kind of behavior. The shocking thing is that they weren't shocked. Apparently, a few weeks prior, a girl had done the same thing and written that she hated the school in her own excrement in a different 2nd floor bathroom.
This is such a common occurance, that the school has a special wall washing machine that cleans poop off the walls. The things you don't know unless you're a teacher. We're truth tellers here folks. Sometimes when you teach high school students, they rub poop on the walls. FACT. Absolutely the worst moment of my 2015 as a Dallas educator. Yes, there are pictures. If you know me in real life, I'd be happy to share with you if I can track them down.
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Mental Health in Dallas Schools
Top Ten Positive and Negative Moments in Dallas Education 2015
Positive 01: Students Have a Plan Negative 01: Poop On the Walls
Positive 02: Students Understanding Goals Negative 02: Drop Outs
Positive 03: Food Adventure Negative 03: Mike Miles Quits and Nothing Changes
Positive 04: Social and Emotional Health Negative 04: Trouble with TEI
Positive 05: Trustees Stop By Negative 05: Student Mother Kicked Out
Positive 06: Supportive Principal Negative 06: A Bad Spot Observation
Positive 07: Department Chair Respect Negative 07: Principals Lying
Positive 08: DISD Student Has Her Baby Negative 08: Parent thinks their child is stupid
Positive 09: Thanked by a Parent Negative 09: Blamed for a DISD Student Fight
Positive 10. Alex Hales and Retired Teacher Negative 10. Promising DISD Student Gets Pregnant