The classroom is where most of us learned our multiplication tables, the laws of physics, the meaning behind Shakespeare's greatest works, and other things we've never technically had to apply in our adult lives. It's also where many of us experienced some of the most embarrassing moments of our lives. There's nothing like being in a room full of your peers, during the most awkward years of life, to lend itself to occasional (or frequent) social faux pas and subsequent shame. And, unfortunately—unlike the multiplication tables and the meaning of Shakespeare—these painfully awkward experiences have a way of imprinting themselves in our brains forever.
Someone asked Reddit: "What is the most humiliating/awkward situation that you have ever witnessed in a classroom?"
These 22 teachers and students share the most painfully embarrassing, awkward or cringe-inducing moments they've seen in class:
1.) From powertalons:
One time, in science class in middle school, we were doing our end-of-semester presentations. Everyone was presenting their science experiments that we had all spent weeks on and counted for a significant portion of our grade.
One girl, who admittedly was not the sharpest crayon in the box and kind of a ditz, got up to present. She was very excited about her breakthrough results. She went on about her hypothesis for several minutes: that light affected the vitamin c levels in different kinds of juices.
She launched into detail about her experiment, which involved her testing different types of juices' vitamin C levels over a week or so period, by putting them in the fridge in both clear containers and opaque containers. That way, she explained excitedly, she could test which ones had more light from the fridge affecting their levels.
You know where this is going.
When she finally asked for questions and the silence was deafening, someone finally asked "You know the light goes out when you shut the door, right?"
It was my favorite science class.
2.) From Kellianne:
Not sure if this counts because it was me: In high school I was at the board trying to do a geometry problem. I was bad at math, especially geometry, and the teacher (and the rest of the class) knew this. I was struggling when the rest of the students had returned to their seats. I continued to struggle as the teacher went through thee other problems. Coming to me he tried to talk me through it. He was being very kind and patient but I was not getting it. Finally I burst into tears and left the room. Later that day I was called to the Dean's office where the teacher was waiting. He actually apologized and said he wouldn't send me to the board anymore. He tutored me for the rest of the year so I would pass.
3.) From huazzy:
Senior year in HS health class. We get a police officer come and talk about random police stuff, when he goes off about a kid from a local middleschool that brought a gun to school (big news locally at the time) - but then he discloses that after investigations they found out that he was frequently abused by his parents (which no one was aware of). Little does he know that the older brother is sitting right in front of him. The whole class sat awkwardly.
4.) From borderrat:
Probably my own sad, sorry situation. I was in 6th grade in the 1980s, when everyone wore sweatpants and they were the coolest thing ever. I didn't have any but found a pair at the bottom of my sister's closet. I'm a guy but I figured gray sweats are gray sweats. I guess I should have checked them out more carefully, especially around the crotch area. Damn it.
Anyway, I was sitting at my desk, chilling in my new-found sweats and my teacher, a giant of a man looks over at me and says, "[My name]? Are you bleeding?" I looked down and right then I understood all the rumors and innuendo about girls and their periods. I also now understood very clearly why my sister had hidden those sweats. Blood stain big as a roll of duct tape for the world to see. Nervous and flustered, I said: "No, Mr. D, I borrowed these from my sister." The whole class laughed and laughed and laughed.
5.) From daisyduax:
First day of classes freshman year of college, I pick a seat in the middle of the lecture hall. Guy comes in, sits in front of me, whips out his laptop and headphones and watches porn the entire class. In the middle of the lecture hall. At least 40 people behind him. Zero f**ks given.
6.) From [deleted]:
A guy very loudly and graphically announcing what he would do to a teacher, with said teacher standing behind his oblivious ass.
7.) From dracling:
Teacher here. I was planning on showing a video clip to my class of high school seniors, but my computer for some reason wasn't displaying the video. So, as my students were trickling in, I noticed one of them had his computer on him. I asked if I could use it really quickly, and he said yes.
At this point, my entire class of 20 or so kids were in. I hooked up his laptop to the projector, and go to download the video from my email. It finished downloading and starts up a video player automatically from his computer.
I'm still not quite sure what happened, but I think he had a video player already up. Instead of playing the video clip I just downloaded, the entire screen (a monstrosity that took up the entire classroom wall) showed a very perky young lady felatting two asian men.
I felt like everything was in slo-mo, but one student later told me I jumped to close the laptop with such quick desperation that it was like watching someone leap on top of a grenade. The owner of the laptop turned bright red, but both he and the whole class started laughing.
I think in the end, I was the person who was most embarrassed. The kid even had the balls to say, "Miss Dracling, I know that's not the first time you've seen that before." And then he winked.
8.) From stripey_camel:
In the middle of teaching a Year 3 class (7/8 year olds) a kid comes back in from going to the toilet, sits down and about a minute later shouts out "Oh no! I forgot to wipe!" and asks to go sort himself out. Totally lost my train of thought!
9.) From [deleted]:
I once went to my social studies teacher to turn in a paper during lunch. He and the math teacher were making out on his desk...
the math teacher was a "Mrs. Not-my-social-studies-teacher's-last-name"
10.) From SoulLessGinger992:
My 12th grade English teacher used to have us read the short stories and poems aloud to hold interest better. We were reading The Importance of Being Earnest, I think, and this guy with the unfortunate name of Andy Peacock is reading. He gets to the word "assuage" and he paused. I could see the gears turning in his head as he tried to figure that one out, and I guess he felt pressured to hurry up, and he blurts out "ass-sausage." Even the teacher was trying not to laugh while trying to get the rest of us to not laugh at him. It was funny because, well, ass-sausage, and sad because of how many kids in 12th grade had trouble reading.
11.) From oozamiaa:
Called a substitute teacher a prostitute teacher..
12.) From yampuffs:
In freshman biology, a guy's voice cracked as he was answering a question and he said, "Sorry, that keeps happening to me, I don't know why."
And the teacher kinda chuckled and said, "You should probably ask your dad."
13.) From 1_Renegade:
"Ok so just to clarify, everyone in this lecture hall of about 200 students is studying [subject], if not, then you're in the wrong room".
One person stands up and does the walk of shame. Horrible feeling.
14.) From BeardRider:
Private school, maths teacher made a slight mistake, corrected himself. Girl in class shouts out "our parents don't pay you to get it wrong." She got completely humiliated by the teacher telling her what was and wasn't appropriate to say to a teacher. I was happy he shot her down.
15.) From [deleted]:
In 10th grade social studies, we were talking about Imperial Russia, and of course, Rasputin. I interrupted whatever my teacher was saying with, "Hey, I heard that Rasputin had a 12 inch penis." I could tell I said something completely inappropriate and totally weird when she just stared back at me. My classmates had gone completely silent, too. How was I to cover this up and play it cool? I started to panic. "Y-yeah.. I hear that they keep it in a jar somewhere in a museum." Oh God. WHY.
16.) From casalmon:
I knew a girl who was convinced zebras were like unicorns and didn't exist. She was a freshman in high school. An entire class was spent looking up pictures and videos of zebras online to prove it to her. The teacher and the class tried everything but she just kept saying, "Well there are pictures and videos of dragons online too." And using arguments like that.
Everyone lost all respect for her in that hour. She was too thick headed to be embarrassed, but everyone there was embarrassed enough for her to make it cringeworthy as hell.
17.) From huatsup:
I went to high school in an "open concept" high school, where there are no walls separating the classrooms and all the hallways are made up by lockers. It was open enough to hear the other classrooms and throw stuff over the dividers (much like those that make up cubicle walls of offices).
Skip to last period of the day, Spanish class. Teacher was new, so she was trying to be strict on bathroom privileges. A freshman girl who was too timid to ask needed to go to the bathroom to throw up because she wasn't feeling well.
She was sweating, turning green, and shivering. Instead of just running out, she decided to wait it out until it was time to leave. In no time, she got up, in front of the whole class and threw up in the trash can. Then she apologized and ran out continuing to puke all down the hallway where all other students could see from their classrooms.
Twist: That girl was me. Also, I got my high school boyfriend through that pukefest. He was not interested in me until he caught me in the hall throwing up and thought it was funny, we dated for four years, I dumped him on his birthday.
18.) From call_me_fabio:
In 8th grade health class, my teacher was demonstrating how to properly strap someone into a stretcher. She was a smoke show. The dude being strapped in got a boner as she was leaning over him.
This was a class of around 50 immature middle school students all staring at him. He just laid there strapped in unable to move with an awkward boner. He apologized over and over as even our sexy teacher tried not to laugh as she unstrapped him. I still get secondhand embarrassment thinking about it.
19.) From Leon_Depisa:
A buddy of mine (REDACTED) had his phone in his pocket, when it somehow managed to launch skype, call a buddy, and turn the volume up, during a Chem final. Suddenly, the silence is broken by a gruff morning voice saying "What the f**k do you want?"
That ended poorly.
20.) From LupinThe8th:
We had a classroom that was basically featureless because the school wing was brand new and it was the beginning of the year. No decorations or posters on the walls or anything, just blackboards on both the front and back walls, and a door on the back one. This is important for later.
Anyway, I had a classmate, whom I shall call "O", who often fell asleep in class. He sat in the back row, presumably to facilitate this habit.
Middle of a lecture and we hear a loud snore; O is fast asleep at his desk. After we all chuckle about this, the teacher decides to play a good natured prank. He has us all turn our desks around and starts writing on the blackboard at the back of the room. Since he is now talking from five feet away, presumably O will wake up from the noise, notice he is now at the "head" of the class with everyone facing him, and be embarrassed enough to stay alert from now on.
A couple of minutes pass and sure enough O begins to stir. He opens his eyes, sees the teacher right next to him and all his classmates grinning at him, and panics. I can only assume that in his half awake state he somehow thought he had actually been moved to the front of the (featureless, remember) room. He jumps out of his desk, and I think tried to bolt out of the room, but because he doesn't know what side of the room he's on, he doesn't realize the door is behind him. He runs to the front of the class and for a few seconds is staring at where the door would be, while we all laugh. Eventually he turns around and figures it out, his face turning bright red.
21.) From Kangar:
In grade 9, there was a girl in the class that had brass buttons that went down one side of her blue jeans. One afternoon, she sneezed violently, and every single goddamn button popped off, and they all shot off like bullets in every direction. She was sitting there stunned, with her pants hanging off on one side, and the buttons went on rolling around the floor for about another 30-45 seconds before they all finally settled. The only sound in the room was all the buttons rolling around on the floor, and she ran from the room trying to hold her pants together.
22.) From [deleted]:
Passing notes back and forth with a girl during calculus when our teacher snatched it out of my hand and started to read it out loud.
She probably thought they would be PG 13 at worst since we were both female and best friends. The notes were graphic descriptions of what sexual acts she wanted me to perform on her during lunch in her car. She got out, "I need it right now, I can't wait" before she caught the drift of the note. I don't know who was more embarrassed me or her but she did apologize for almost outting me and I didn't get detention so that was a bonus.