Detention. There isn't a word in the english language that strikes more fear into a young student. No one wants to be there, it always seems like a waste of time and it almost always feels like some terrible injustice that they didn't deserve. Don't do the crime and all that jazz, right? But sometimes, it's worth it, especially when it includes the sweet taste of cold-blooded revenge. Whether or not these people had it coming is up to opinion, but there's one thing they all have in common: the crime was definitely worth the time. Content has been edited for clarity.
He Had to GO
“I had a teacher who would not let anyone go to the bathroom the entire year, so the last month of school, my friends and I got so fed up with it, I decided to take action.
I brought an extra change of clothes hidden in my backpack and drank three bottles of water at lunch. During class that afternoon, I asked the teacher if I could use the restroom, and of course, she responded with the usual ‘no,’ so I said ‘ok’ and just urinated all over myself and the desk.
Since I had an extra change of clothes, it was only uncomfortable for a little bit. The look on her face was worth it. Now she lets any and everyone go to the bathroom as needed. You’re welcome, America!
Basically, I wet myself during class at school to make a point to the teacher to let people go to the bathroom during class.”
It’s A Walkout!
“I once instigated a whole revolution in my (Catholic) school.
We had an horrible math teacher that nobody liked, and when he took vacations, they brought a substitute teacher that was really great, so we did a petition with signatures from students of all grades for the school to keep her as the official teacher. I was the head of the movement, so I went to the principal with the ‘document’ to show our efforts. She laughed at me and told to get out of because students don’t have the right to demand such things. I went back to class crying (7th grade) and my classmates became really angry that the principal had treated me like that so everybody got out of the class, started to call the other students in all classes to join then and they did.
At the end of it, everybody stood at the street in front of the school yelling that the principal was a prick. I was in serious trouble after that but totally worth it.”
Getting In Trouble for Eating Vegetables
“I went to a K-8 Catholic school. Our school lunches were pitifully small, same portion for 1st graders, as for 8th graders.
The lunch ladies understood that the portions were small and would often let students get second servings, which they were otherwise going to throw out. I went to get some extra salad. Rather than giving me an additional serving, they just gave me the remaining, heaping mound of cheap iceberg lettuce drenched in Italian dressing. It was seriously probably several pounds of salad.
I had no intention of eating the entirety of it, but a teacher caught me eating the leftovers and said I had ought to finish it otherwise it would be so wasteful. At that point it became a competition to prove her wrong. I had to stay probably an extra 10 minutes to finish munching down the pile of salad. When I finished, the teacher called me a pig and gave me a detention anyway.
I relished in the look of her disgust and gleefully took the detention.”
She Learned A Valuable Lesson
“I beat the life out of a boy twice my size in 3rd grade for teasing my friend – another girl who was severely physically handicapped, in a motorized wheelchair, who had to use a computer to type because she couldn’t hold a pencil.
School had a no-tolerance policy for fighting – the principal said he understood why I did what I did but next time not to fight on school grounds…so the next time it was at a playground near the lake. I didn’t get in trouble for that one, though the police were called.”
Oats And Beans?
“My senior year, our boys basketball team is in the playoffs, playing the number one seed. They were much bigger, faster, and stronger than us. We didn’t have size, but we made up for it with good ball skills, shooting, and defense. We tie the game with about eight seconds left. As they’re coming down the court with the ball, their point guard dribbles the ball off his foot. It’s about to roll out of bounds when our MVP grabs it and takes it in for the easy lay up just as time expires. GAME OVER! WE WIN! BIGGEST UPSET IN STATE HISTORY!
Nope. The ref on the opposite base line says our guy kicked the ball and the opposing player in the process. Their ball, double bonus, we’re effed. The thing is: our guy wasn’t even close and had started retreating to set up a perimeter defense in order to stop penetration and force a longer shot. HE WASN’T EVEN CLOSE! Of course, everyone goes nuts and there is a meeting among the refs. The original call stands, everyone is booing their faces off, and our coach begins arguing the call with one ref while the kid buries his foul shots. To top it all off, there was only .3 seconds put back on the clock. The ref says there will be no more extra time and as they are fixing the clock, the chanting starts…
I started this chant earlier in the year. It goes like this: ‘OATS AND BEANS, AND BEANS AND OATS!’ I know, it makes no sense, but it was different and fun and I was in high school, what can I say?
So I start this chant. LOUDLY. I’m literally screaming at the top of my lungs. Within about ten seconds, our entire bleachers section is wailing and the students all come as close to court side as possible with me, and start screaming, ‘OATS AND BEANS, AND BEANS AND OATS!’ It was so loud that no one could communicate on the court.
Imagine about four hundred people at the top of their lungs, in a high school gymnasium. Then, our bench players start in! It was epic! The refs keep trying to wave us off and are blowing their whistles like wild, so they can confirm the clock is right and/or game is over. The ref in question turns to the scoreboard guy and gives a ‘THAT’S IT!’ type of motion. We’re still going nuts with ‘oats and beans.’ The refs are trying to leave the court and our bench stands up to block the entrance to the locker room. We storm the court, surround them, just screaming ‘oats and beans, beans and oats!’ as loud as we can. They push through us and into the locker room.
It didn’t stop there. About a hundred students followed them into the locker room, ‘oats and beans-ing’ it all the way. We followed that prick out to his car and never stopped.
He ‘retired’ after that season.
I was suspended for three days for inciting a riot after the guy threatened to press charges for ‘psychological abuse.’
The best part: the superintendent of the district comes to my house on the last day of my suspension. My parents were angry, but I was a senior, good student, and already accepted into college, so I didn’t get it too bad. The superintendent goes on to sit us all down and tell us how lucky I was that there wouldn’t likely be legal repercussions and whatever. I go to my room so he can talk to my parents alone, then my mom calls me back down to say goodbye. He shakes my mom’s hand, my dad’s hand, then mine and says, ‘Son, you’re going to change the world.’
At the end of the year, I was given a $2000 ‘spirit’ scholarship and the entire school chanted ‘OATS AND BEANS, AND BEANS AND OATS!’ when they announced my name at graduation. It was amazing and made everything worth it.”
Letting It Rip
“I was in class in high school and a female student asked to go to the restroom. The teacher replied, ‘No, that’s what passing period is for,’ and didn’t let her go. This ticked me off something terrible, because the student was a girl and might have had women issues, so I came up with a plan.
I held all of my farts for a whole day until the next class with this terrible teacher. Being on the football team and on a high protein diet, it was very hard, but I did it. When I got to the class, I waited about 5 minutes and asked to go to the bathroom, I received the same snide remark, so I bent over as much as I could and let go the loudest, longest fart in my whole life. I could feel the chair vibrate under me and the whole class burst into laughter.
I was immediately sent to the office which was great for me, because I’m sure it smelled like a dead whale that had been beached for a month.
I received five days of in-school suspension for farting in class, and had to do extra workouts for missing football practice. It was worth it.”
Mutually Assured Destruction
“To make a long story short, there was this girl who was a bully and overall horrible to me. One day, after years of harassment, I took a permanent marker and drew all over her sweater, arms, and face.
This prompted a week’s worth of detention, but she didn’t get off scot-free though. The faculty knew that this was a long time coming and gave her detention as well. This, however, meant that the two of us spent a week of our school year sitting in the office with the principal, talking about our issues. I also had to pay for half the price of the sweater, which was pretty expensive, especially to a elementary-schooler.
Our principal’s attempt at therapy didn’t work. We still openly hated each other, but the week of detention and the money was all worth it because she never harassed me again. Instead, it turned into a cold war.
She knew that if she ever poked me hard enough again that I wouldn’t be afraid retaliate with nuclear fury, like I had done before.
Needless to say, it stopped a lot of the other bullies from messing with me too. Being the runt of the class, the remainder of elementary school was rather relaxing.”
Taking Matters Into Your Own Hands
“After being bullied a lot between the ages of 8-14, I finally snapped as I was ‘walking away’ from a bully and he said, ‘Keep rolling, fatboy,’ in front of a girl I liked.
I turned around in a blinding anger and hit him so hard that I broke a few bones on my hand, and his nose, He fell back and landed in a puddle of mud and started crying.
Fast forward to sitting outside the headteachers office after I was reported for fighting, and out walks my favorite teacher, who apparently saw the whole thing and argued in my corner, meaning the only punishment I got was a weeks of lunchtime detentions.
I was never bullied again after that incident and I just wish I had done it sooner.”
The Chemistry Just Wasn’t There
“A teacher in our chemistry class had been acting aggressive and bullying towards students all year. If anyone asked for help, she would always call that person a condescending name or something. At one point, I literally heard her say to a student: ‘I don’t give a (censored) when you get your homework in!’ and at another point she accused me of trying to tell her how to do her job after requesting more time to do homework.
Yeah, half the time her insults and accusations weren’t even related to what was going on. She seemed to especially target me, and one day we got into a major argument over a late homework. I was feeling rather guilty for some of the things I’d said in the heat of the moment and went to apologize to her during lunchtime. She asked me what I was apologizing for and I said I wasn’t sure but I’d clearly annoyed her and was sorry for it, and she basically told me to bugger off and leave her alone.
During the next class, she wouldn’t leave me alone. Every two seconds she was going, ‘Are you doing work or just daydreaming,’ ‘Turn to the same page in your books as the rest of the class,’ ‘Are you even listening?’ Eventually I get sick of it and finally call her out: ‘Okay now you’re just being condescending.’
She goes into a fury, spends a full five minutes berating me and sends me out of the class, telling me to wait outside. Half an hour later she comes out, asks me what I was thinking, and accuses me of being, and I quote, ‘out to get her.’ I try to defend myself and she says, ‘Okay, you can return to my class now, sit down in your chair and not say a WORD to me for the rest of the year. Or, if you want to argue with me, you can gather your stuff, get out of my class and not come back.’
I told her I DID in fact want to argue with her, that she was being totally unfair, then went inside, left, and went straight to the head of school to tell him everything that had happened. Long story short I was in the very next lesson with her and she didn’t do a thing against me for the rest of the year.
She did however move on to bullying another guy in the class who had the same name as me (I wonder if there’s a connection there). I tried to defend him where I could though and eventually we both managed to be rid of her as we dropped chemistry next year.”
I Got a Teacher Fired After My Detention
“I was in 8th grade and our gym teacher picked one student per class to make his personal slave. I wasn’t having any of it, so everything he tried I was able to one up him. The final straw was when we were throwing frisbees and he threw one at me. At the last second he said ‘Heads up!’ expecting me to get hit in the face. I don’t know it happened but without looking I grabbed it, spun around and whipped it back at him fast enough and hard enough to give him a bloody nose when it cracked him square in the face.
He sent me to the principal’s office where she while laughing her butt off about it, but she had to give me a three-day suspension due to ‘attacking a teacher.’ I found out two years later that the bully of a gym teacher was fired from his job due to multiple students, from several years, coming forward and claiming physical and verbal abuse.
So it was totally worth it to get that bully out of teaching.”
Standing Up For Family
“In high school, my dad dropped me off out front after all the buses had left. The vice-principal was being rude for no reason and giving my dad trouble for ‘parking’ in a bus lane (when in fact he had not violated any rules). It was clear the VP was trying to pick a fight. After a brief heated exchange, my dad drove off, and I heard the VP mutter ‘scumbag’ under his breath.
I stood in front of the building, waited for the VP to turn around and see me, held up a brazen middle finger, and walked inside, ignoring his demands that I stop. I proceeded to dodge detention until I was pulled from class.
Basically, I flipped off vice principal in front of the school. Felt great.”
Turnabout Is Fair Play
“Some kid was stealing money out of the locker rooms every day after school while sports teams were practicing. I skipped cross-country practice one day and hid in the shower area in an attempt to catch them.
After waiting for over an hour, I finally heard someone enter. I didn’t know what I would be up against, so I had taken my belt off as some sort of make-shift weapon (just made me feel safer). I hear the sound of velcro separating, and I knew I had finally caught him. I ran out to the locker area, and he flung the wallet in his hands away and immediately pretended to be opening a lock on the locker. The culprit was this tiny 8th grader (our junior high was connected to our high school).
As he sat there fumbling with a lock, I just stood and waited. Finally, when it was clear to him that he wasn’t fooling me, and that he didn’t know the combination of the locker he was trying to open, he looked up at me. I started yelling at him, telling him how many people wanted to kick his behind. The wallet he was opening was one of my friends, who was in open gym nearby. I told him to wait there unless he wanted trouble, and got my friend.
Ultimately, we started trying to extort the money he had stolen over the last few weeks with threats, because we were concerned that if we turned him in we wouldn’t see a dime. Finally the kid turned himself in, because he didn’t have any of the money left, nor a way to make the money, and was legitimately concerned we were going to hurt him.
The discipline lady said something I’ll never forget, ‘you just can’t do that. I’m glad you did, but you can’t take the law into your own hands. I’m sorry, but I’ve got to give you detention for this.’ She asked why I didn’t turn him in, so I answered her honestly. She asked us to get a list together, and made his parents pay up. All-in-all, totally worth it!
Basically, I caught a kid stealing and extorted money from him rather than turning him in.”
Enough Was Enough
“When I was in 4th grade, this annoying 3rd grader kept messing with me. He would run up behind me and try to knock me down all the time. Especially since he was just a 3rd grader that was trying to bully me, it ticked me off, and I decided to end it before it got out of control.
I saw him standing there doing nothing like an idiot one day at recess and remembered how much he had been bothering me. I started running as fast as I could straight at him from across the play ground, and knocked him flat on his back. He got up and tackled me, and we rolled around on the ground wrestling for a little while before one of the recess monitors saw us. I got in trouble and had to write, ‘I will not fight’ or something like that 25 times during one recess. He never bothered me again after that, though.”
She Had It Coming
“I had this witch of an English teacher in 9th grade who had a horrible temper and would always victimize boys for no reason. One day she gave some vague instructions and the class just looking at her puzzled. She said, ‘Don’t look at me like I’m not wearing any clothes!’
The class was silent for a few seconds until I covered my mouth as if I was about to cough and spouted, ‘Gross!’ The class erupted with laughter and I got a week of detention. After the first day, an assistant principal found out about the situation and called off the rest of my detention.”
She Didn’t Like The Taste Of Her Own Medicine
“I got kicked out of class for making a substitute teacher cry.
For background, the teacher was horrible with the class. She told students they were dumb, talked down to them, and was all around just not good for a healthy educational environment.
For example, we once watched a movie on space exploration and and after part one, I talked to her about how we could just put bubble structures on a planet with an atmosphere. Put plants in there, slowly expand and increase until they covered the whole planet. She laughed at me, told the class how this would never work and continued with lesson plans. The next day, we watched part two of the film and it went over the idea of terraforming using structures where they gradually increase size of structures to alter the planet to make it inhabitable… Sure, they also said it would take an extremely one time and be super costly so not a very viable option, but nevertheless I felt vindicated.
Anyway, one day she picked on the fat kid sitting next to me and I lost my cool. I stood up from my desk and proceeded to berate her, telling her that she shouldn’t be allowed to shape the minds of children, that she was awful at her job and how I truly believe she should look into another occupation.
After some choice verbal jabs, I got sent to the office. After I left, she burst into tears. I feel my outburst was justified.”