Teachers Talk: What’s the Craziest Thing You’ve Confiscated From a Student?

By Megan Ruge — December 27, 2019 2 min read
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We recently posted a question on the Education Week Teacher Twitter account that had teachers telling us some wacky classroom stories.

The post asked teachers to tell us about the craziest thing they ever had to confiscate from a student—and teachers were ready to share.

Some teachers had to confiscate technology from students who tried to pull one over on them using decoys and fakes.

Others had to handle more “lively” items.

One student was carrying something a little less alive.

Some teachers ran into safety issues caused by some of their more creative students.

While the decision to confiscate items was often cut and dried, in some cases, teachers had to make more difficult choices.

Twitter user @NancyBarile decided not to take one of the stranger items she found on a high school student.

Another teacher shared a story about food that some will find truly surprising.

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A version of this news article first appeared in the Teaching Now blog.