Every teacher, it seems, has a story about a Parent from Hell. This one shares a story of what happened after her very own ‘Momzilla’ barged into her classroom one Friday:
Saturday morning, I noticed that Momzilla had left a huge bruise on my chest with her persistently tapping, accusing finger.
Monday morning, I showed that bruise to the principal, and told him that I had been advised by friends and other teachers to press charges against Momzilla. He told me not to do so, because the school was going to take care of the issue for me. I agreed, and thanked him.
The next morning, Momzilla was back in the office, grading papers and xeroxing coloring book pages for the elementary teachers.
I asked the principal about that. He told me that she said she was sorry.
I had a classroom of traumatized 13-year-olds, and a bruise the size of a baseball on my chest, but it was now okay because she was SORRY?
That's right. Nothing else was ever done.
She was a fixture in the school all the rest of the year.
A version of this news article first appeared in the Blogboard blog.