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rob05c  ·  841 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Confessions of an American Pumpkin Eater

Yeah, I had one particularly bad teacher like that. I was a quiet and generally good kid. She was typically assigned "bad" kids, because of her reputation as "tough". So, she decided I was a bad kid, with no evidence, and was simply mean to me. All year.

Being a small town, my mom runs into her every now and then. To this day, she's convinced I was a "bad kid" and she "straightened me out". From what my mom reports, she feels that I am where I am today in large part due to her influence.

I am where I am in spite of people like her, not because of them. The only thing she taught me, was how to deal with mean people in positions of abusive power.