Parties. Pranks. Breakups. High school—and high schoolers—can get a little crazy, and every school has a famous legend about a prank gone awry, or a teacher who was caught doing something they shouldn’t. But how many of these schools have to get the FBI involved? From creepy teachers to out-of-control students, these high schools took it to a whole other level.
1. Some Things Never Change
There was a teacher at my school who got fired for misconduct with a student. This occurred at the school itself. The kicker? The teacher’s wife also taught at the school. She was a former student of his.
2. Spanks for Nothing
In eighth grade, our woodworking teacher bent a girl over his knee and spanked her. He had spanked others before but not to this extent. The principal went on to defend him. Luckily a student recorded everything and both the principal and the teacher were fired. Became headline news for a week, but I think the teacher is back on the job now.
3. The Distraction
A gang made a threat against our school. The school remained open, but with a battalion of guards on hand. The gang’s plan worked: they were trying to keep the authorities busy while they robbed a different location.
4. Thirteenth Time’s the Charm
We had one student that called in 12 threats in the span of a year and a half. The FBI showed up at our school. They said they didn’t catch him for that long because he was using a VPN.
5. Can’t Study on an Empty Stomach
My school was robbed twice in one week. The first time, the school closed, but the second it stayed open because they had already figured that was someone trying to avoid a test. Even though the school was open, the cafeteria remained closed so the authorities could collect evidence. This is not allowed in my country (there is a rule that for a school to be open it needs to have a functional cafeteria).
Our lunch consisted of a single sandwich and nothing else. It almost caused a riot and many of the kids didn’t have anything else to eat and were so hungry that they couldn’t focus on their classes.
6. What’s the Buzz?
When I was in my first year of school, we all heard rumors that our French teacher had dropped an adult toy out of her bag one day walking into class. From that moment on, all it took was one student to hum buzzzzzz before the whole class would erupt sounding like a beehive. I think the poor woman retired a few years after we left, although I spent six years in that school and the joke never wore off.
7. Battle of the Genders?
The tampon and condom fight. We had a Walmart and a CVS right next to our school, and there’s no age restrictions to buy condoms in my state. When the freshmen figured this out, they went crazy. Actual children were pelting unused tampons at each other, some kids filled condoms with lotion and flung them across the halls.
I remember, someone had defecated in a condom and left it on one of the busiest stairways, where someone merely feet in front of me stomped on it. It got so out of hand that even the upperclassmen were angry. The fight went on for an entire semester until the school had an assembly about throwing things in the hallway.
8. He Just Loved School So Much
Some kid who was suspended showed up to school while strung out, demanding to be let in. He threw a table, shattering the glass door, then tried to fight a security guard with a fire extinguisher.
9. Watch Your Step
Somebody defecated in the halls or the staircase because our principal only allowed one boy to enter restrooms at a time. I guess he really had to go.
10. Snakes in a School
A biology teacher kept a large boa constrictor in a cage at school. One day everyone comes in and finds that the snake is not its cage. Nobody knows where it is. Word gets out that the snake is loose in the school and the whole school is on edge every minute of every day. Three weeks later, the snake is still missing and everyone has pretty much forgotten about it—but it was just biding its time…
Then one day in a quiet moment in the middle of a class in a room in another part of the school, the snake comes crashing down through a ceiling panel and lands on a girl. The screams of horror from the people in that room were so blood-curdling that people in the neighboring classrooms immediately assumed it was an active shooter.
Now the whole school is on lockdown while the principal is on the PA saying, “LOCKDOWN THIS IS NOT A DRILL” and the SWAT team canvases the entire school hall-by-hall. This is its own kind of trauma, as several of my students legitimately thought they were going to die. Meanwhile, the people in the snake room did not catch the snake. The snake eventually found its way back into the ductwork via a radiator and disappeared AGAIN.
Another three weeks go by with everyone terrorized. Then one day it was announced that the snake had been found by a janitor the night before and taken out of the school. They never said who found it exactly and some people were skeptical as to whether this was true. But that was the end of it, nobody ever saw the snake again.
11. Class Act
We went into lockdown my junior year of high school because some kid’s mom was hopped up and started stripping in the quad. I was on the other side of campus when teachers started yelling at us to go into classrooms. Everyone thought it was a shooter, but they gave us no info until after the fact. They then changed lockdown policy for “immediate threats” and “low-level threats” so people wouldn’t freak out again.
12. Coffee Break
One day there was a cop car at the front of the school. Someone said they saw a kid get taken into custody when they went to the washroom. At the end of the day, a cop and the principal were standing at both back passenger-side windows, talking to someone inside. We all just assumed that someone was getting picked up for something.
The next day my homeroom teacher told us between third and fourth period, a former student (who was about 20 years old) blended in with students and snuck into the school hallways. He wandered through the hallways breaking into unlocked lockers and actually made off with about 10 laptops from teachers’ classrooms somehow.
They ended up catching him at the Tim Horton’s down the road. Not sure what’s going to happen to him but someone said his mom was his getaway vehicle a couple blocks down the road, he just had to stop at Timmy’s first. Only in Canada do people have to stop for a coffee and a donut mid-act.
13. Oh Deer
Somebody somehow managed to sneak in a dismembered deer carcass and scattered various parts around the school hallways. Turn a corner and bam! a severed deer head staring right at you.
14. Heads Up!
A girl performed a personal act on her boyfriend right in the middle of the crowded cafeteria. A teacher noticed and started yelling at them. The dude must have panicked because he pushed her head down and she ended up throwing up all over him.
15. It’s All Fun and Games…
Two girls were fighting over a boy. They were in the bathroom, in the same stall. While they were fighting one of the girls took out a pair of scissors and injured the other in the eye. The girl with the scissors was expelled and the other girl turned out to be just fine and went back to school like everything was normal. The creepy part was my classroom was the closest one to the bathroom and we didn’t hear anything. We just saw the authorities. It creeps me out to think it happened a couple feet away from me.
16. The Principal Vanishes
We got a new principal. Everyone loved him, he was one of the best things that happened to the school, then one day he just dropped off the face of the earth. No joke. No one knew what happened to him for A YEAR. Then, when my grade graduated, we were told that he passed and we weren’t to tell the younger grades.
17. Lunch Date
Our vice-principal’s personal photos got leaked when he sent them to the cafeteria lady.
18. Fake News
A student took his own life in our school. He had been picked on a lot. His parents and friends reported it to the teachers for a long time, but the school failed to act. So, when the news crew arrived, the school went into full damage control and threatened kids to not talk to the press otherwise they would get a detention.
At the same time, the school started doing this awareness week, putting up posters, and trying to create this illusion that this was a happy and safe school. A few months later, another student did the same thing.
19. Collect Call
I went to a private school where you weren’t allowed to have your phone on you. One day the vice-principal bursts into a classroom and says in a panic, “Quick, I need to use someone’s phone!” Ten kids got detention and had their phones confiscated.
20. Just Say No
A kid at my high school overdosed on the bathroom while the rest of the class was watching a video about the dangers of drugs.
Two male teachers had relationships with multiple underage female students. They decided to have a party with these girls and some other students, which the school administration found out about. Teachers were given the old “resign or be fired” choice. They both resigned. Now, for some reason, the school administration decided to announce the resignations to the whole school, instead of just letting them go quietly. That’s when the rumors started…
The rumor that emerges is that the teachers were actually gay lovers and the girls were only a coverup. One of the teachers, the rumor says, is dying of AIDS and they both resigned so they can be together in his final days. The rumor swirls for a couple weeks and culminates in a student trying to set up a GoFundMe page for medical expenses.
The administration had to go around the school and explain, class by class, that these rumors were not true and the teachers had resigned for other personal reasons. That didn’t really help, but the rumor eventually faded away on its own.
22. Scary Stories
My high school had an annual Halloween dance. We had other dances throughout the year, but this was the major party one. Security is always booked to guard the doors, check student IDs, and to send away anyone who is visibly intoxicated or has illicit beverages with them, but they don’t really care that much and kids always find a way to outsmart them.
This year, a whole bunch of grade 9 girls show up with drinks in water bottles. They were already absolutely hammered and, because ninth-graders don’t know their limits at all yet, they lose their minds. Our main hallway when you first walk into the school is this huge open lane with fake trees, benches, and some big lampposts. Picture what would be on an old-timey street in a British movie or something.
This hallway is where the dances are held because the gym can’t hold enough people. They usually put the DJ up on the open staircase balcony, which was pretty cool. Anyways, so these blasted ninth-grade girls decide to start using the lampposts as stripper poles. Most of the older students just ignored them, and there was such a crowd that the teachers on duty couldn’t tell what was going on until too late.
One girl (who was clearly a dancer or a gymnast or something) wanted to cause a scene, so she climbs up higher and starts doing tricks. Before the teachers could get close enough to get her down, the whole lamppost comes crashing down on the crowd of students. It was chaos. One kid ended up concussed, that girl and a few others got kicked out of the dance, there was a lot of screaming.
Somehow, that was not the end of the shenanigans. A whole group of them went into the bathroom to drink even MORE of the drinks they’d snuck in, and they all ended up throwing up in the girls’ bathroom. One of them even had to go to the hospital to get her stomach pumped. I think a dozen kids got expelled the next day, and as far as I know they still haven’t fixed that lamppost five years later.
23. A Threat to Herself
Our long-time high school vice-principal (who was married to my old middle school science teacher) was having an affair with the married high school security guard. When he tried to cut it off, she started sending violent threats to herself over the course of months, saying they were from students and maybe his wife. Local authorities uncovered everything. She was picked up at the high school after students had gone home.
24. Sounds Fishy
There was a tradition of playing water balloons on the last day of school in my high school, some upperclassman thought it was a smart idea to replace water with fish sauce. There are no water balloons fight in my school anymore.
25. Bottle Service
In grade 10, the principal made up a new rule that you could only go to the bathroom once a day. This rule was heavily enforced by every teacher in the school and every single student hated it. Students started to protest against this rule by using bottles. If a teacher caught you doing this, you would get a three-day suspension.
I think there was at least 15 suspensions given out in the time this rule was enforced. One student took it too far by filling up a bottle and drenching everything on the teacher’s desk with it before the teacher came to class. This rule was lifted after students started leaving school property to go to the bathroom. We didn’t see that principal next year.
26. Off and Running
My school has a jogging session at 6 am every Friday. After jogging, 600+ students from three grades have to change clothes. The restrooms are really small and can only fit so many people, so most of us change in the classrooms (boys and girls separated of course). One day it was revealed that some boys had worked together to buy a camera system and recorded videos of the girls changing.
What happened to those responsible? Nothing significant. They weren’t expelled.
27. Mama Drama
A girl in her final year got pregnant and was hiding it from her parents. She was 18 at the time. She went to the counselor (a qualified clinical psychologist) who was helping her through it. The counselor walked her through all of her options and did what she was supposed to do. The girl (I think possibly in denial) carried the baby to quite far along but then wanted out. She was also starving herself.
I can’t remember all the exact details, but she apparently went to a dodgy clinic where she convinced them she was much earlier in the pregnancy. I’m guessing they did no tests because they gave her pills. She started profusely bleeding in class the next day and was rushed to hospital. The baby survived for about 4 hours.
Obviously by his point her parents were there. During questioning. she named our school counselor and said that the counselor had forced her to do it. The whole case went to court. Our poor school counselor could not say anything or defend herself publicly until the case was done. We had reporters outside our school gates for ages.
It all came out at the end that the girl had lied and the counselor was completely innocent and had just done what she was supposed to do and had offered the girl all the information and advice for her to make an informed decision. I was amazed at how professional the counselor was and how she did everything by the book when it came to speaking about her client.
28. Not-so-mellow Yellow
Bullets were found on campus, but not the weapon. Our school was in code yellow lockdown every day for the last two weeks of school while they searched lockers, brought in metal detectors, and searched everyone’s backpack daily. Multiple knives and drugs were found, but to my knowledge, nothing was ever discovered related to the event.
29. Sock It to Me!
A major fight that happened where girls from a rival school got into ours and beat another girl with a lock-in-a-sock. She nearly lost her life. Our school went into lockdown while they had to literally clean blood off the walls.
My friend complained that he could not breathe, and thought he needed to leave. He was sent to a teacher, then the nurse’s office, then the vice-principal. When he was finally allowed to leave, he was taken to the hospital and the doctors saw that he had a partially collapsed lung. Air escaping from his lung had created an air bubble dangerously close to his heart: he probably would not have lasted more than a couple of hours.
Even though both of his parents were teachers at the school, neither was called during this whole incident.
31. Candid Camera
The high school rowing coach was caught with images of students. It was discovered he drilled holes in the wall of the girls’ locker room and put cameras there. He had been recording for who knows how long.
32. Cocktail Hour
Two dudes got intoxicated my senior year and threw two Molotov cocktails through an administrator’s window before school one day. We woke up to “Fire attack at local high school! Classes will be held as normal.” They both got caught hiding at one of their houses. One cleaned up his act and is actually a pretty decent guy now, but the main one who instigated the situation became an addict and ended up passing away at the age of 24.
33. Democracy Inaction
Principal found drugs in the boys’ bathroom. He called an assembly and told us we had to vote for who we think it was—but his plan backfired horribly. I think the principal’s son got like 98% of the votes. Suddenly the voting system wasn’t valid. We didn’t even coordinate it, everyone had the same idea at once and it was glorious.
34. It’s a Gas
One moron who graduated the previous year popped off a government-grade tear gas grenade in the school’s back hallway. It got picked up by the ventilation system and spread throughout the subschool. When the fire alarms were activated, I walked out of biology class right into an invisible waft of the stuff. It felt like having pins poked into every mucous membrane in my nose and throat. Instant huge gasping spasms.
It wore off gradually after I was outside for about 20 minutes. This was in the late 70s, when it was ok to send you back to class if you were able to stand up. If I remember correctly about 40 people got a good dose of it. I felt like crap for a couple of days afterward.
35. Ashes, Ashes, We All Fall Down
We had a little gallery in our high school and some prominent local artists decided to do a show in the gallery for educational purposes. One of the pieces of art was some sort of vase with the artist’s father’s ashes in it. The teacher who organized the gallery begged the artist not to put the real ashes in vase just in case, but they insisted that the ashes are what made the piece so meaningful.
First day of the gallery someone “kidnapped” the ashes. Unfortunately, this was before we had cameras. We never really had anything important besides student art in the gallery anyways. Thankfully, it was only a portion of the dad’s ashes. There were flyers posted all around the school begging the thief to put the ashes back before cameras were put up with no consequences. They were never returned.
36. Back from the Dead
We were all called to an emergency assembly and told a student had lost her life. Her friends were distraught and even the people who didn’t know her went quiet. I think I remember a group of students putting together a type of memorial card. The whole morning was morbid…until the “dead girl” arrived at school and wanted to know what was going on.
Way back in elementary school, when I was in Grade 1 or 2, someone hung a girl up by the back of her shirt on a coat hook in the girl’s bathroom. By the time she was found (by her best friend, actually), she was non-responsive. She did not survive. I don’t know if the person or people who did it were ever caught. I was too young at the time and they weren’t going to give us details.
By the time I was older, it had just become the incident that you did not talk about.
38. Talking Shop
We had a male shop instructor aggressively stalk a female student. Pictures of her were found in his belongings at the school, along with some VERY descriptive notes to her. He made appeals to her parents/friends as to why he was right for her, routinely cornered her and tried to kiss/touch her. If I recall correctly, he was let go but nothing further came from it.
39. Hit the Deck
I went to school on an armed forces base and there was a stretch of time where people kept throwing simulation grenades on campus.
40. Keeping It in the Family
A math teacher had a relationship with a student. It got exposed when he tried to have one with her sister six years later. He was dragged out of school in the middle of the day by the authorities. This was in middle school.
41. It’s Not the Size of the Dog in the Fight…
This kid got suspended for hitting another kid. The next day, the dad shows up with his kid and starts trouble. My headmaster was this short skinny guy and people underestimated him. He quickly restrained the dad and marched him out of the school, then expelled his kid for good measure. He had a zero-tolerance policy for any kind of bullying and usually a couple of kids got expelled at the start of the school year.
42. A Crushing Story
When I was in middle school, a lady had a heart attack while in the drop-off lane. She was in reverse, parking her van, when she went stiff and hit the gas. The van plowed through a group of kids and smashed into a brick wall. Unfortunately, there was a student who got pinned between the van and the wall. With the tires still spinning and spinning, one of my classmates managed to open the door and turn off the van.
We were all trying to get the van off the kid when the teachers started trying to pull us away. The assistant principal ran up and yelled “NO, WE NEED EVERYONE TO MOVE THE VAN!” We managed to move the van just enough for one of the teachers to pull the kid out, but it was no use. He was gone.
43. Playing Ketchup
Countless books had to be thrown away in the library because one lone kid was taking condiment packets from the cafeteria, putting them between random pages of books, then slamming the books shut. This had been happening over the course of two weeks before someone got a desecrated book. The school reviewed camera footage and saw the kid who was doing it.
Fined him and threw him in in-school suspension for the rest of the semester.
44. So Much Drama
The drama teacher in middle school, who was also the English teacher, was very polarizing. For example, my seventh-grade year, the school play was Once Upon a Mattress. Some parent complained that there was a line about teenage pregnancy, so we cut it the rest of the run, but that wasn’t enough for some parents. Even our home economics teacher had it out for the drama teacher. She accused the drama teacher of having had an affair with one of the special ed. teachers while she was cleaning out her classroom and got her banned from school premises.
Piled with some other misunderstandings, including a class analysis of a Popeye cartoon to understand stereotypes being taken as her teaching us to believe stereotypes, the teacher ended up “quitting,” (i.e. fired) halfway through production for the next show. She ended up coming out as a lesbian, divorcing her husband who also worked at the school, and moving to the beach the next year.
45. Breaking Up Is Hard to Do
One of the middle school teachers had a relationship with a high school student for a while. After they were discovered and on court orders not to see each other, he still hooked up with her like nine more times before he got his sentence.
46. Life Lessons
At my high school, seniors had to do a senior project. Can be anything really. Just plan it out and follow through. A very popular and well-liked senior made an end of day announcement that tomorrow morning he would be in the student parking lot working on his project and needed as many other folks there as possible. Everyone showed up—completely unaware as to what would happen.
He drove into the student parking lot and set up a tripod and a camera. A large crowd gathered round, just about 30 minutes before the first bell. He hit record, thanked everyone for showing up, then reached into his car pulled out a weapon. He pulled the trigger before anyone could react. No one knows why.
He was a great guy with a bright future, but you never know what struggles others are going through. I think about it frequently and take that into consideration to try and be nice to others with random acts of kindness.
47. Straight from the Sauce
One time this kid I was friends with brought this special hot sauce to high school and let a bunch of kids try it during lunch. It is 1.5 million scoville units. At least 30 kids tried it. Some kids really started freaking out because it is ridiculously hot. You’re supposed to add one or two drops to a big batch of chili to make it spicy.
Some were trying to show off and took a swig of it and ended up vomiting everywhere from the heat/panic. Multiple kids had to go to the nurse and be sent home because they way overdid it, although I think most just really had no idea what a scoville unit was or that they made hot sauce that was that ridiculously hot. It was chaos.
I tried it as well, a dime-sized amount. I couldn’t concentrate on anything but chugging milk—and I’m really good with spicy foods! Finally, the principal came on the intercom and said, “Whoever brought the hot sauce, please, just stop.” My friend got into some pretty big trouble for that one.
48. Life’s a Beach
A female student in my class had a teacher whom she really didn’t like for whatever reason. One day when the teacher entered the classroom, she had her feet on her desk, so he said something like, “Get you feet down, you’re not at the beach.” That girl took advantage and complained to the school principal that this teacher implied he wanted to see her in a bathing suit.
The teacher obviously denied it, but the girl doubled down and got the parents union involved. There was a massive outcry. The girl’s parents organized a protest outside the school gate one morning and the local newspaper reported the story. The teacher got fired eventually. The thing is, there were plenty of witnesses to what happened that could say the teacher did nothing wrong, but she was one of the popular girls, so everybody kind of just…decided to not get involved.
49. The Fall Guy
The smallest kid in 12th grade climbed through the roof and padded the inside of our hated history teacher’s classroom with towels before being handed the hose from outside the panel he’d climbed through. He left the hose leaking into the classroom and made his way back. Or tried to. A few steps before he got out, he fell through the roof, onto a railing, and down two flights of stairs. He crawled away unscathed, and, despite getting into a lot of trouble, was still allowed to write his final exams and attend the farewell dinner and dance.
50. Penalty Kick
Over Christmas break junior year (it may have been senior year, I forget), one of the star members of the football team disappeared. Know one knew what had happened—but we eventually learned the chilling truth. Turns out he’d snapped and shot his father. His father turned out to be a Class-A jerk who resented his wife for getting pregnant when they were dating.
The father was apparently a huge high school football star and was set to go on and play college ball until his girlfriend got pregnant and he was forced to marry her. He tried to live out his athletic dreams with his kids, especially his oldest son, and treated his kids like garbage. He had recently forced the oldest son to break up with his girlfriend because she was a “distraction.”
Nobody blamed the son for what he did…he had been tormented mentally and physically for years and just…snapped.