What’s the Funniest Thing You Unfortunately Had To Punish a Student For?

No idea how these teachers kept a straight face. 😂

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As a former middle grades teacher, my students were funny and clever. Usually on my lowest days, they never failed to bring a smile to my face. However, amid the joy in my eighth grade math classroom, there were moments when my students said things that caught me off guard and forced me to stifle my laughter, albeit reluctantly.

These Reddit teachers share the same sentiments in this well-loved thread.

Teachers of Reddit, what’s the funniest thing you’ve heard a student say that you unfortunately had to punish them for?
by u/Cram__bone in AskReddit

Maybe some of the things these students said will make you giggle, too?

Oh, crap!

I’m sure this teacher was thankful for how this instance turned out!

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by u/melodymoods from discussion Teachers of Reddit, what’s the funniest thing you’ve heard a student say that you unfortunately had to punish them for?
in AskReddit

“Into every life …”

At least they were listening? Classroom community and all that?

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by u/dannicalliope from discussion Teachers of Reddit, what’s the funniest thing you’ve heard a student say that you unfortunately had to punish them for?
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A childless life

Is it sad this same thing was actually told to me too? Haha!

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by u/timidtiger64 from discussion Teachers of Reddit, what’s the funniest thing you’ve heard a student say that you unfortunately had to punish them for?
in AskReddit

We’re talking fruits and vegetables here, people!

How about Farmer John?

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by u/pacifikate10 from discussion Teachers of Reddit, what’s the funniest thing you’ve heard a student say that you unfortunately had to punish them for?
in AskReddit

Whack a mole

Helmets = fair game for blunt force.

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by u/FaceofBeaux from discussion Teachers of Reddit, what’s the funniest thing you’ve heard a student say that you unfortunately had to punish them for?
in AskReddit

A Hebrew name

More proof that students do pay attention!

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by u/zebrafish- from discussion Teachers of Reddit, what’s the funniest thing you’ve heard a student say that you unfortunately had to punish them for?
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Sheepish on cows

I mean, he’s not wrong is he?

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by u/Caouenn from discussion Teachers of Reddit, what’s the funniest thing you’ve heard a student say that you unfortunately had to punish them for?
in AskReddit

Is Santa watching?

Yeah, I probably wouldn’t have told my eighth graders Santa was watching either.

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by u/maudie_anglais from discussion Teachers of Reddit, what’s the funniest thing you’ve heard a student say that you unfortunately had to punish them for?
in AskReddit

Lunch ladies

Again, I was also told this comment as a teacher. I definitely think it’s a compliment!

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by u/blinkingsandbeepings from discussion Teachers of Reddit, what’s the funniest thing you’ve heard a student say that you unfortunately had to punish them for?
in AskReddit

Knees scraped?

Alright, this one made me LOL!

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by from discussion Teachers of Reddit, what’s the funniest thing you’ve heard a student say that you unfortunately had to punish them for?
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Passing out sheets

Kids really know how to dance on the inappropriate line.

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by u/lee7890 from discussion Teachers of Reddit, what’s the funniest thing you’ve heard a student say that you unfortunately had to punish them for?
in AskReddit

It is what it is

I mean, we’ve all had those lessons, and this is my third shared experience. Has anyone else had a kid in the middle of the lesson emphatically say, “This is boring”? And not in a disrespectful way either, just straight up!

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by u/BookerCatchanSTD from discussion Teachers of Reddit, what’s the funniest thing you’ve heard a student say that you unfortunately had to punish them for?
in AskReddit

Google searches

Ha! Curious kids!

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by u/Auditt809 from discussion Teachers of Reddit, what’s the funniest thing you’ve heard a student say that you unfortunately had to punish them for?
in AskReddit

McDonald’s bathroom

I don’t think this happens anymore, but I could see this happening when I was in high school!

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by u/edietel from discussion Teachers of Reddit, what’s the funniest thing you’ve heard a student say that you unfortunately had to punish them for?
in AskReddit

Despite the need to maintain a professional demeanor and occasionally administer discipline, the funny remarks and witty banter of students bring immense joy to our classrooms. Its heartwarming to know educators around the world share these amusing encounters.

Remember, even in the midst of discipline, there’s always room for laughter in the classroom.

What is the funniest thing you’ve had to punish a student for? Let us know in the comments.

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These teachers unfortunately had to punish students for hilarious but inappropriate remarks. Rules are rules!

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