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When you hear the word “bullying”, the first thing you probably think of are cruel school kids who make someone’s life impossible. This is not what happened with Mark; fortunately, all was good with his classmates. Instead, he was the victim of bullying on the part of his teacher. Can you imagine? A TEACHER. He experienced a great deal of unpleasant moments, and he’d like to share with you how he managed to overcome this problem.
Mark was a senior in high school at the time. He was a solid C student in math, having struggled with it throughout his school years. He’d always liked math though, and was eager to know more, which is why he usually posed a lot of questions to the teacher during lessons. Last year he ended up with a new teacher, Ms. Roberts, who was known locally as a genius at math. She was also infamous as a heartless and nasty woman, but Mark thought this wasn’t something to be worried about. Anyway, he took up her classes in the hope that he could improve his math grades given that she was so good.
The initial lessons went alright; Mark was his usual enthusiastic self, asking lots of questions. Maybe they were somewhat dumb ones, but hey, as far as he understood it, any teacher would be glad to help such an interested student. Sure…it didn’t take long for her to come up with phrases like "And here comes the slow boy again", "Surprise-surprise, you don't understand it again", "Do we have to go extra slow for you today?" In front of everyone! And everyone laughed. For some reason, Mark became a real red flag for her. Every single lesson he was at the receiving end of new creative insults from Ms. Roberts. He certainly wasn’t the best student there, but he wasn’t the worst one either, and he was never able to understand where such contempt for him came from.
You might say that Mark should have just taken a deep breath and kept his cool for a couple of semesters. The problem was that with those math lessons several days a week, it was getting harder and harder for Mark to drag himself to school every day. So he tried to solve the problem on his own by trying to act very friendly and calm towards her. It backfired and she became even nastier. Alright, time for plan B, he thought. He decided to confront her directly by asking: “Ms. Roberts, could you stop insulting me in front of the whole class?” All he got in response was “I don’t know what you’re talking about. And by the way, I wouldn’t expect a C at the end of the year if I were you”.
That required extreme measures. He went to see the school principal about the problem, who sent someone in to examine her during class. She acted respectful and normal for one day, and then went back to bullying him with twice the enthusiasm. That was enough. Mark went to the local radioshack, bought a recorder, and secretly taped every insult she threw at him for the rest of the school year. One day, he asked her a question during class. Her response even now is still burnt into his brain: "I've been teaching for over 10 years and that was the single dumbest question I've ever heard from anyone." She continued the lesson without answering. Mark calmly stood up, packed up his stuff, and headed to the nurse’s office to dismiss himself from school.
He went home and compiled all of the brutal tapes he’d recorded into one glorious masterpiece. The next day, he went to see the principal, and they listened to only a couple of the insults before he stopped the tape. He wanted more witnesses present, as well as Ms. Roberts. So he collected board directors, the local school police officer, the vice principal and Ms. Roberts herself.
What followed were some of the greatest minutes of Mark’s life. He watched as the administrators went from fed up with being in another useless meeting to furious and speechless, with some of them keeping their mouths open for the duration of the tape. He also observed Ms. Roberts go from being confident and stuck-up to realizing how much she had screwed up her life and career. She was publicly roasting herself in front of the most important people from the district. The tape finished, the administrators looked around in astonishment, and Mark was asked to leave the room.
The final time he saw Ms. Roberts was when she was leaving the boardroom, in a state he’d never seen her in before. Mark looked back, and they made eye contact as he gave her biggest most and most mischievous smile. After that, Ms. Roberts was nowhere to be seen. The news soon spread quickly throughout the school, and he earned the reputation of a saint. He later learned that not only was she fired, but now no school district in the area would hire this outstanding educator. Mark felt very pleased, and not only for himself. Now he knew that that woman wouldn’t poison any other student’s life, at least for the time being.