Mom and Dad refused to take the blame
I had a screaming parent in my office because of a marginal comment I made on an essay that had received a grade of 95%, submitted by a student who was top of the class.
The comment said, and I’m paraphrasing here, ‘This argument is unworthy of you. Don’t be lazy: find better sources and don’t hang your argument on idle assertions.’
The parent claimed I had called her daughter ‘lazy, idle, fat, suicidal, and unworthy of being a student at [INSTITUTION].’ She actually thought I was threatening to have her expelled, or at least barred from grad school.
The best part: the girl was a second-year undergraduate.
The next best part: it was an open office, and my colleagues were openly mocking her the entire time. I just sat there and said nothing. (varro-reatinus)
A parent once went to the school district over the fact that I wouldn’t let her come into my class because she wanted to give her daughter a bracelet that would have completed her outfit. This was back when I taught third grade. (vadavkavoria)
Wow. Great way to teach your daughter early that physical appearance is more important than everything else! (omglookawhale)
Apparently it was all my fault that her child got “infected” with lice. After they got the lice out, the mom was adamant that her daughter not be hugged by anyone, or that she shouldn’t get “too close” (but never specified what too close actually was for me to attempt to enforce) to the other kids, so that she does not get “infected” again. This is first grade. Trying to keep kids away from each other is like herding cats.
This same parent complained to me that I was calling her child by a shortened version of her name (that the child asked me to use) instead of her full name. (_queen_frostine)