Anon likes sharpners ( )

[typos preserved]

>be me
>4th grade
>bring 3 sharpners to school
>friend tells me thats a lot of sharpners
>bring 3 more sharpners the next day
>friend gives me his sharpner to grow my collection
>start collecting more and more sharpners
>go to stationary every week to by more sharpners
>collect about 70 sharpners by the end of the month
>start bringing a tiny bag to carry thoes sharpner
>english teacher asks for a sharpner
>offer her the bag thinking she'd be impressed
>sees all my sharpners and writes a note to my parents
>only allowed to bring 1 sharpner
>make a huge sharpner out of cardboard
>dad helps me to color it with red and silver spray paint
>display it on my table during the english period
>get sent to the office

fun days

merc ,

You'd think that someone whose best story was about sharpeners would learn to spell sharpener.

Gullible OP ,

My impression was that they were writing it as they contemporaneously verbalized it for effect and/or whimsy. Kids eat the e.

merc ,

And then they go clubbing.

megabat ,

Anon must be a young David Rees.

ReputedlyDeplorable ,

The teacher missed an opportunity to encourage the anon, “Oh anon how kind of you to carry around enough sharpeners to share with those who don’t have any, thank you!” That said 70 is a lot, I just hate when teachers only see the negative side of things and punish kids for stupid reasons.

Jax ,

I just hate when teachers only see the negative side of things and punish kids for stupid reasons

Yeah I hate how most teachers treat little boys too

maynarkh ,

Yeah, it feels that punishments like these are just to force conformance. How dare you do something childishly funny as a child!

MirthfulAlembic , avatar

I'm pretty sure "ensuring conformance" was listed in the discipline section of the handbook at a school I went to as a kid. They viewed it explicitly as their duty.

Xanis ,

Teacher saw something they thought was stupid. They made a power play. Saw kid work around it and took it personally. Asserted limited authority.

Being a teacher is a tough job. Thing is, just like with therapy: If you've reached the point where you're going to throw around that authority willy-nilly, you are no longer a leader, you're a bully. Fuck off and work somewhere else.

Course this may not be the whole story. Could be the kid had been a nuisance for months before this point with the sharpie bag being the excuse a child's mind would focus on when other behaviors were the real cause.

ReputedlyDeplorable ,

Yes, you are correct on all points. But even if there were prior issues encouraging words can turn things around, no reason to discourage and frustrate children over something small.

Sotuanduso , avatar

This was me with pencils, except I never got in trouble for it and my parents weren't fans.

dejected_warp_core ,

Hot take: OP went to grade school with 70 razor blades in his backpack. That probably had something to do with the response here.

sugar_in_your_tea ,

IDK, if he didn't have a tiny screwdriver, it's a non-issue. And even if he did, wouldn't it be easier to just stab someone with a pencil?

Underwaterbob ,

I knew a guy in high school that would use the blades from sharpeners and pen ink to give himself tattoos. They were about as good as you can imagine.

RealFknNito , avatar

Bet he grew up to have a successful career in prison.

NounsAndWords ,

Possibly as a laser tattoo removal specialist?

Underwaterbob ,

I lost touch, but it seems likely.

NounsAndWords ,

I've always held a sliver of hope that the Principal knew which teachers were full of shit and sending kids to their office just because they're bad teachers.

TexMexBazooka ,

They might know, but usually they’re too busy to do much about it outside of extraordinary circumstances

sugar_in_your_tea ,

You'll have detention tonight. I'm calling your dad so he can bring the pizza. Smash Bros good?

BluesF ,

I once, fatefully, wondered what would happen if I sharpened my little finger (it fit so well) and now I can't even look at the damn things. Anyway, now you have you think about that too. Tbf the way the nail peeled was briefly very satisfying before it went too far...

BattleScarredFox ,

You could've stopped before that last sentence...

RealFknNito , avatar

I've never cringed so hard that I puckered my lips until today. This was worse than the concept of nailclippers on teeth.

Alexstarfire ,

Why? Why? Why?

Glad I'm not sleeping for a few hours. I don't need this in my head.

Kedly ,

Thanks for ruining my day! =D

tslnox ,

I'm pretty sure I once or twice tried sharpening my nail, but I never went too far.

On the other hand (pun intended) I once got the end of my fing the pinched between the pneumatic cylinder and the thing it was actuating. There was a bit of a clearance so it didn't flatten my digit, but it left a good amount of blood under my fingernail, which hurt a lot. A friend advised me to grab a small drill bit and put a hole into the nail so the pressure is relieved, but it didn't want to go through... Until it bit in and I drove it maybe a millimeter into my flesh. That hurt even more... But after a while it got way better.

BluesF ,

Oooooof. The skin under your nails is not meant to see the light of day and it shows. That shit is sensitive.

Etterra ,

A good prank harms no one.

A+ kid, well done.

Pat_Riot , avatar

Good on Dad for helping out too

PostaL ,

F to the teacher

Treczoks ,

I was confused for a moment. For me, a "sharpener" is a "knife sharpener" first and foremost...

z00s ,

Eng teacher missed the opportunity to bring a giant pencil

sukhmel ,

Besides, why do they only allow for one sharpener? Seems like a complete bullshit for the sake of forcing compliance

Maalus ,

Anon was probably a smartass about it and the teacher made a new rule instead of dealing with it in some other way. Him making that giant sharpener is additional evidence of that

sukhmel ,

It probably is true. Still, that's a shitty way of dealing with matters in school

merde , avatar

how many kids are there in her class? how much time does she have for each kid. Is this "need for attention" an exception or does our "be me" has a list of creative endeavors this teacher had to deal with already?

Are teachers well paid in this society?

sukhmel ,

The last point is what's important, plus understaffing. When we did an educational project for kids on a non-commercial basis we had about one adult per four kids, so everyone got the attention needed. The official requirement is one adult per ten or fifteen if I remember correctly, which is outrageously not enough

Besides, I get it, the extremes look very simple, if the class has 40 kids and everyone demands lots of attention that's gonna be 40 lots of attention. But in reality if the students are sampled randomly into the class, their need for attention will be different, and only a few are going to demand lots really. And that's under the assumption that anon here was attention seeking, not just a person that didn't like meaningless rules imposed out of nowhere

kilgore_trout , avatar

School often represses creativity in favor of compliance.

Doesn't have to have a reason. The teacher finds something strange, you are punished. Think of blonde hair in Japanese schools.

In my parents' times, going to school in jeans was forbidden (in center Europe).

witty_username ,

Yup. Because schools primarily serve to create workers. Actual education is merely permitted when it does not interfere with the main aim of creating workers

kilgore_trout , avatar

I don't think teachers are thinking about creating workers. They just apply the way they were raised.

sukhmel ,

But applying without thinking doesn't mean that it doesn't serve a purpose, it just means they don't know what the purpose is

oce , avatar

Not on Lemmy, here everything bad is because of capitalism, humans would be perfect if they hadn't bitten into the capitalism apple.

Etterra ,

It's an industrial era system in the 21st century. What could possibly go wrong right?

BruceTwarzen ,

I had two teachers like that. 4th and 5th grade.

marduk ,

My English teacher tried to flunk me in Jr. High

Rolder ,

Now that’s some quality father son bonding

x4740N ,

Just buy one quality sharpener that isn't shit and will last

As someone who parents kept buying cheap sharpners every few years I hate cheap sharpners because they often break the tips of pencils and get jammed unless you apply a amount of force that starts to get uncomfortable if done for a while

Gullible OP ,

What do you look for when searching for a quality sharpener?

Scavenger_Solardaddy ,

It must have a sharpener sharp enough to sharpen.

merde , avatar

you can just dismount the little blade and sharpen it

andrew_bidlaw , avatar

While normies studied lessons, I was studying the blade.

PoorYorick ,

Not the original commenter, but high carbon steel blades, and preferably a magnesium body.

Something like

sugar_in_your_tea ,

Or, hear me out, mechanical pencils. If it gets dull, rotate and click.

merde , avatar

i don't think that the story was about sharpeners

but i can see that your sharpeners have traumatized you deeply and that's the 1st thing you hear when you read the "be me"

Tar_alcaran ,

True pettyness is its own reward

merde , avatar


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