This happened one of my first years as a teacher:
I called in sick one day, early in the morning, as was the practice in those
For some reason, I called the school late in the afternoon. The assistant
answered the phone and let out a gasp...... He hung up the phone on me! I
out the next day that the "office" hadn't called a sub- they forgot all
about it! He
hung up the phone and ran down to my classes- all the kids had been coming
class all day long; had been working without supervision. The "office"
they didn't need an art teacher because the kids could take care of
Another "believe it or not" happened about 5 years ago...... I got a message
the "principal's office" stating that I had a (unnamed in the note) student
in my class
that "may go berserk" in the classroom. The note went on to state that "if
went out of control, I was to evacuate the room- but I was to stay to make
student was not injured........