I Bet He Just Needs A Good Bonking


Dear Brand New Gym Teacher,

My son tells me that he has been told that the gym shorts he’s been wearing ALL YEAR are suddenly unacceptable and that he’ll get marks every day unless he gets new gym shorts. There are TWO WEEKS of school left. He will NOT be getting new gym shorts at this time. If you have a problem with this, set up an appointment for me, you, and the principal and we will discuss this. He is NOT to be given marks for something so ridiculous in the last two weeks of school. He is a well-behaved “A” student and I’m sure you have more important things to do. I KNOW I DO!

Suzanne McMinn


  1. kate says:

    I assume the teacher needs the bonking and not the kid?

    We have a similar Really Stupid Thing with a teacher over notebooks. Our middle kid couldn’t organize himself to save his miserable soul so we tried all sorts of systems. At last we got one he liked and used, with an accordian folder. He still failed the graded notebook check –got a 70 — because it was a folder, not a 3-ring binder. (Poor boy. It’ll scar him permanently, I bet. Failed notebook check all year. No, I didn’t set up an appointment with the principal. Didn’t occur to me.)

    That teacher consistently did bullcrud like that all year: assigning computer projects and not accepting disks — telling the kids they had to print the stuff out. She needed more than a good bonking. She needed a cranialectomy.

    Phew. Thanks for letting me vent in your blog. πŸ™„

  2. Suzanne says:

    Yes, it would be the teacher who needs the bonking, LOL. Anyone bonks my sixth grader and they’re in big trouble!!!

  3. mary beth says:

    {{{Suzanne and Suzanne’s son}}}
    Silly teacher. If he’s new and it’s the last two weeks of school, he should realize he’s been put in place to babysit. The end.

  4. Mary says:

    Go get ’em Suzanne. Some instructors are just insane.

  5. Caro says:

    Geez. Unless there’s a rip in said shorts that you don’t know about that’s showing off things that should not be shown off, what is his problem?

  6. Kelly says:

    Some people just love to have more control than they are actual granted. Must make them feel important or something. πŸ˜€

  7. Mary Stella says:

    I never understood the need for specific uniforms for gym class — unless they were playing a specific sport. For regular gym class, what’s wrong with any decent shorts and a t-shirt. Then again, as a chubby kid, I always hated the God-awful one-piece bloomer jumpsuit uniforms they required us to wear. Who decreed that we must embroider our names on the right leg, too!

  8. Robyn says:

    I totally agree with Caro. This is
    totally s t u p i d small stuff. Get
    over it, will you!!!(teacher)

  9. Amy K. says:

    WTF? Good going, Suzanne. I hope he feels like the idiot he is. πŸ™‚

  10. Crystal* says:

    There has to be a teacher like this at every school. It must be a way of spreading out the idiots.
    I cannot tell you how many times I’ve had to deal with a certain teacher at the chickens’ school. My baby MIGHT get her next year, and I’ve already let people know I will homeschool her if necessary. It’s THAT bad.
    Just assure you’re son that there will be plenty of these simpleminded people throughout his educational career.
    Is this doofus going to be his coach next year?

  11. Tori says:

    Good grief! Idiots like this give good teachers a bad name!

  12. kate says:

    must be a sixth grade teacher thing. My boy’s also in 6th and dealing with THREE dimbulbs (including the 3-ring binder dope)

  13. Melanie says:

    SO what’s ”wrong” with them?

  14. Suzanne says:

    The shorts he’s been wearing are denim shorts. The new teacher wanted him to get real “athletic” gym shorts. Of course, this has not been an issue all year. And a lot of the boys wear regular jean shorts for gym. If he’d been instructed to get “official” gym shorts at the beginning of the year, or even the middle of the year, I wouldn’t mind and I’d just go get them. But I’m not going to get them when there are two weeks of school left. If they want them to wear real gym shorts, I’ll get him some in August when school starts again. A new teacher came in at the end of the year and apparently he thought he was going to whip them all into military shape. However, my son came home today and reported that the teacher, after reading my note, said no new gym shorts after all. πŸ˜†

  15. kacey says:

    LOL! I bet he DID get the message with that note. πŸ‘Ώ Do they just hire these kinds of teachers to provoke parents?? (no offense to any great teachers out there.) I’ve never been so glad as when my last child got out of middle school. I thought that *I* should have a graduation party for surviving the school’s idiocy for all those years. πŸ˜†

  16. Danica says:

    I like the note~ what a rotten teacher! I’m glad said jerk got a clue though.

  17. Sasha says:

    Go get him , Mom! πŸ˜€

  18. trish says:

    Go get ’em Suzanne!! I’m glad you got the shorts thing straightened out. What a crock!

    My kids only have 4 more school days left. Actually, 3.5–but who’s counting? πŸ˜₯

  19. Trace says:

    Tell the new gym teacher to go take a suckity suck!

  20. kate, sox professional. says:

    but does he need new sox? Those are for sale, you know…