November/December 1994

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Vol. 06, Issue 03

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Veteran teachers have their own version of the scary monster stories big kids tell around the campfire to frighten little kids. They wait patiently in the teachers' lounge for the arrival of an unsuspecting student teacher, then spook the rookie with tales of the Parent From Hell.

By the time my first parent-teacher night rolled around, I'd heard so many hair-raising stories about ill-mannered, intoxicated, or unsavory parents that the event seemed more like Halloween. One story in particular, I remember, involved a parent who smelled bad.