25 Horrible Teachers That Should Not Be Allowed To Teach

Posted by , Updated on March 25, 2024

It’s unfortunate, but there’s a possibility that your child might encounter a dreadful teacher. What’s more alarming is that these teachers don’t hesitate to cause harm to your child. In this list for today, you will encounter some of the most appalling teachers in existence. The silver lining is that some of these teachers are presently incarcerated.

These are 25 Horrible Teachers That Should Not Be Allowed To Teach.



Substitute Teacher Tells Students There is no Santa

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A teacher in the United Kingdom decided to pull a Grinch and tell her students that Santa didn’t exist. Needless to say, many parents were upset. The principal had the teacher fired for ruining all the kids’ hopes and dreams. Okay, maybe that’s an exaggeration, but she was dismissed from her job.


Teacher Attached McDonald's Job Applications to Failed Tests

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Whether real or a bad joke, a teacher attached McDonald’s job applications to all failing test papers. Talk about pouring salt on the wound. No word on how parents, students, or McDonald’s workers reacted.


Students Forced to Eat on the Floor

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Because a fifth-grade student in New Jersey accidentally dropped water on the floor, a vice principal of his school forced him and fourteen other students to eat off of the floor. All this while the other students taunted them. Their teacher was fired after she encouraged students to tell their parents what was going on; she was given a settlement of $75,000. Fortunately, seven of the children also filed a lawsuit and won. The vice principal transferred to another school.


Math Teacher Didn't Teach Math

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One Redditor claimed in his math class he had a teacher that didn’t teach math. He wrote problems on the board from the textbook and went to his desk to play video games on his computer. He never checked the answers on any of the students’ work and always wrote 100%. Worst of all, the student was moved up to Algebra from Pre-Algebra but had no idea what he was doing.


Teacher Chokes Her Student and Throws Him out of the Room

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According to a Redditor, when a student continued to be belligerent to his teacher, she eventually lost it, put him in a choke hold, and threw him out of the classroom. She was fired the next day.


Teacher Arrested for Teaching under the Influence

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In Southern California, Tonya Neff came into class and started teaching while intoxicated. After being discovered by school administrators that she was drunk, she was taken to the nurse and quickly arrested. She faced possible felony charges for child endangerment.


Teacher Loved the Popular Kids and Ignored Everyone Else

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Another Redditor told about their teacher who looked like he had just gotten out of high school. He let the popular kids get away with anything and cringed at having to be near anyone else. Apparently, he wanted to come back and hang out with the cool kids.


Teacher Published Racy Book about Her Students

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Leonora Rustamova should probably have stuck with teaching. But she didn’t. She wrote and published a racy romance novel about her two students having fantasies about her. She was obviously fired. No word on if that was part of her fantasy or not.


Teacher Forces Kid to Wear Cone of Shame

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A Florida teacher got in trouble after school officials discovered she would put a dog cone on her students who acted up. She called it, “The Cone of Shame.” Some students claimed she put it on them for no reason at all but to humiliate them.


Teacher Posts Picture of Pupil on Facebook

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A teacher in Chicago took a picture of her seven-year-old student’s hairstyle. A hairstyle which included dangling pieces of colorful Jolly Rancher candies. The teacher then posted the pictures on Facebook, and her friends went to town mocking it. When the student’s mother found out, she called the school immediately. Now, the teacher is being sued by the girl’s parents. The school is investigating if the teacher violated any laws.


Substitute Teacher Has a Mental Break Down in Front of Students

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According to another Redditor, their German class got a substitute teacher one day who was very quiet and couldn’t control the class. The class became very rowdy and loud but the substitute teacher kept writing translations and trying to talk over the noise. After fifteen minutes, the teacher just made scribbles on the chalkboard and mumbled. Then, she threw a pen on the ground and stormed out. She was found huddled up into a ball under a desk, crying.


Teacher taped student's mouth shut

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A teacher in Colorado was put on leave when it was discovered she taped her eighth grade student’s mouth shut during class. While it may be a struggle to get students to be quiet, putting tape on their mouths is totally not the answer.


Elementary School Teacher Brought Marijuana Laced Food to Employee Potluck

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While attending a school employee party, many people began to feel ill and were rushed to the hospital. Turns out, Teresa Gilmete Badger, an elementary school teacher, brought marijuana-laced food to the potluck and was arrested for potential poisoning.


Children Smelling of Curry Sprayed with Air Freshener

Febreze_air_freshenersSource: http://www.dailymail.co.uk

An elementary school teacher of twenty years humiliated her students by spraying air freshener on them. Why? Because according to her, “They smelled of curry.” She also was reported to spray kids that broke wind or wet themselves.


Teacher Arrested for Touching His Student's Breasts

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In Oklahoma, 69-year-old teacher William Potter II made increasingly strong advances toward one of his students. He was arrested when the student claimed he touched her breasts three times and propositioned her for sex. If convicted, he will face ten years in prison.


Teachers Gave a Lap Dance in Front of Their Students

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Usually, at a spirit rally, the last thing you expect to see is two teachers giving each other a lap dance in the gym. However, at Churchill High School in Winnipeg, that’s exactly what happened. The lap dance lasted a long time. It included butt slapping and gyration, among many other inappropriate things. Students watching were as young as thirteen years old and everyone in the gym went from giggling to feeling horrified as the dance continued. Students recorded the event and put the dance all over the internet. Naturally, the teachers were sent home without pay.


Teacher Made Student Clean Urinal with Bare Hands

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A Florida teacher forced her student to unclog a urinal with his bare hands. The urinal was clogged with paper towels and soaked in someone else’s urine. It was discovered he was being told to do this when he came into the school office asking for soap. His hands were drenched in urine.


Teacher Removes Hearing Aids and Leaves Child out in the Hallways for Punishment

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In 1988, one Redditor recounted the time a third-grade teacher took out their hearing aids and put the student in the hallway as punishment. The teacher would also single kids out and embarrass them in cruel ways. They got revenge by writing a story loosely based on the teacher; it won the school contest.


Teacher Caught Having Sex with Fifteen-Year-Old Student

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Kathryn Murray was an English tutor for a fifteen-year-old student in Texas. When he passed her a note telling her how he felt, they started having an affair. Their affair was discovered by the fifteen-year-old’s younger brother when he found them together in his bed. She was arrested. Later, the boy admitted they had sex multiple times at school, his house, and a hotel.


Teacher Hit a Special Needs Child with Pritt Stick

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After a 12-year-old special needs boy slammed his hand down on a desk, Lynda May, his teacher, took a Pritt Stick bottle and repeatedly hit him on the hand with it until his thumb bled.


Florida Teacher Told Six Students to Attack Another Student

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Radravious Williams was told by his teacher Dru Dehart, “I’ve got my eighth-grade boys on you. You’re not so tough now.” An incident recorded on a surveillance camera revealed DeHart walking away while six students beat up Williams in the school hallway. DeHart was fired and never apologized for what she did. Her motive? He “talked back to her.”


Teacher Sexted a Fifteen-Year-Old Student

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After another teacher reported him, Arizona teacher James Giannopoulos was arrested for luring a minor for sexual exploitation. Police found hundreds of text messages to a former fifteen-year-old student. Many of the texts included requests and offers for sex.


Florida Teacher Has Sex with Student and Aborted His Baby

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After having sex 20 to 30 times with a seventeen-year-old, getting pregnant, and aborting the child, Jennifer Christine Fichter was arrested when it was discovered by the boy’s mother. The boy’s mother grew suspicious of the relationship and agreed to a sting by the police. Fichter told his mother she was in love with her son and didn’t regret her actions. Fichter was an English teacher at Central Florida Aerospace Academy.


Former Teacher Arrested for Sexually Assaulting Two Students

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Andrea Cardosa, a former teacher at a Riverside Elementary in California, was arrested for having sexually abused two students. After one of the students confronted Cardosa about it and recorded it on her phone, the authorities got involved and Cardosa was put in jail. At the time of the trial, she faced a potential ten years for her crimes.


Teacher Feeds Students Sperm Cookies

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For at least two decades, elementary school teacher Mark Berndt had abused 30 students by blindfolding them and feeding them sperm-laced cookies. He was caught when a photo technician developed Berndt’s pictures of children blindfolded and contacted the authorities. Berndt is serving a life sentence in prison.


Okay, you read all about the worst teachers. But what about the other side of the coin? Read 25 Teacher Frustrations That You Probably Never Thought About now!

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