Where is the respect?

Jessica - orchard park, New York
Entered on February 28, 2008
Age Group: Under 18
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Ever since I can remember there has always been those handful of students who carried their ego everywhere they went, the students who could never act their age. Mouthing off to substitute teachers has become a second nature for teenagers. The respect for these substitute teachers is degrading more and more. Now, a junior in high school full of those kids, it has really made itself clear to how disgusting my youth has made themselves out to be.

Substitute teachers deserve so much more than what they receive. Substitute teachers have an important job to fill, to resume a normal class day to where ever they are assigned. It certainly isn’t easy to publicly speak. Getting up in front of unknown cocky students with their egos attached to their hip isn’t the easiest thing to do.

My U.S. history class is out of control every day just with our regular teacher. It is filled with different stereotypes. The stoners, nerds, cocky jerks, bit*hes and normies are to name a few.

This one particular day I had walked into class to come to realize we had a substitute teacher. My class certainly went wild. The class consisted of group activities where everyone pairs up with their buddies, obviously. It is just another way to ignore the replacement teacher and talk about all the other important events happening in our personal lives.

Two individuals sat behind myself and my other partners gathered around our table. With their egos to maintain and live up to, they started making vulgar comments about our women substitute. Not in a derogatory way, she was a bit overweight and short, which makes for even more ways for kids to insult teachers. I could tell she was a bit uncomfortable talking in front of my class. These ignorant boys were loud and acting like a bunch of tools. Crude comments were made by them such as “whoa, let me tap that ass.” And “damn, I can’t stop looking at her big ass dude.” And “she’s so fu*king fat.” Seriously, how old are we? Eight? Get a life. Basically, the whole class was a wakeup call to my no-good youth.

It pisses me off to no end on how sixteen and seventeen year old individuals act like their eight years old. Grow the hell up is what I say. Nobody deserves to be treated that way. A substitute teacher is no exception to go out of control with the constant disrespect just because their normal teacher is gone. I give every substitute teacher all the credit and respect they are entitled to. To take shit from punk a** kids is tough. Every teenagers ego should hit the shitter and give their given substitute teacher their attention and appreciation.