What Happened Next Was Beyond My Control...Honest!
July 10, 2010 4:26pm CST
I remember a few teachers at High School. There was an English teacher called Mr Delaney who would read out Horror Stories in class at the end of every lesson. I dreaded them. I may have mentioned earlier that I am squeemish and when I was younger it was worse than it is now. So, even a Horror Story would make me feel whoozy and I would have to stand outside the class door, which has a glass pane in it. On one occasion a lady walked up to me (some Head Teacher I think) and asked me why I was standing outside the door, expecting me to say that I'd been naughty in class or something. Me being me though, I told her the truth which was that I had to stand outside because if I listened to Mr Dempsey's Horror Stories I would faint. She wasn't happy about this. She sympathised with ME but not the teacher which is something I wasn't expecting. She told me to "wait there" and proceeded to walk into class. I watched through the glass pane in the door and soon realised what she was saying judging by how my classmates were glaring at me. She came back out and told me it was OK to go in now and that I didn't have to worry about the storytelling anymore. My heart sank as I knew that I'd get the blame...and I did. Once I got back into the classroom I received a barrage of abuse from pupils who really didn't want Mr Delaney to stop telling them Horror Stories anymore. Fortunately for me, Mr Delaney could put myself in my shoes and more or less said that he shouldn't be reading such literature in class anyway. In other words the Head Teacher had done him a favour. He was actually a very nice man with a kind heart. I can still remember being glared at though by my classmates. So I glared back as if so say, "It wasn't my fault!" Have you ever got the blame for something that wasn't your fault?
• United States
14 Jul 10
oh yea.all you had to be doing was sitting near whoever started it. we had a long bench near the classroom exit in 1st grade-and a bunch of kids who got bored waiting for dismissal decided to start spitting in the air. unlucky me took that moment to look up at the ceiling for some reason,and the teacher thought i was doing it too.so,of course i got held after despite my protests with the other idiots who were spitting. and yes,it still pisses me off 35 years after the fact LMAO
• Shingle Springs, California
13 Jul 10
You're on a school kick today, aren't you? The very same German professor as in the other discussion had said something, and this other girl in the class made some kind of a smart remark. Well he blew up at ME ( I don't remember if this was before or after the swear word incident). Anyway, I steered clear of him for a while. Then one day I deliberately sat on the bench near his office during his office hours. He saw me and called me in and wanted to know why I would make such a remark. And I told him it wasn't me, it was Diana who had said it. "Well why didn't you say so at the time," he asked? Oh yeah right like I'm going to say anything after I just got my head bitten off. He was a wee bit volatile, wouldn't you say?
11 Jul 10
What an interesting story! I can't remember anything like that happening in my school. It's strange how Mr. Delaney would read out horror stories.. Our teachers were always too focused on the lesson, apart from one... If we could get him to talk about his experiences overseas during World War Two, he would take up the entire lesson doing this. The problem was though that if you didn't learn your stuff, then he would take after-school lessons that you were expected to attend.. So realy we didn't get away with anything really. _Derek
• Carlisle, England
11 Jul 10
LOL! I couldn't help feeling sorry for Mr Delaney. He was a softly-spoken Irishman who probably only wanted to read a couple of stories out but ended up doing it regularly to please his pupils (except me) lol. Ironically, because I was determined to get over this squeemishness of mine I decided to buy a collection of Horror Books! The thing is though, whenever I came across a "dodgy bit" I'd just skip over it! Having said that, Stephen King is the best writer of this genre in my opinion because his books aren't full of blood and gore, there's always a story..so Mr Delaney did me a favour in that respect..even though he never read a Stephen King book..maybe a short story but that was about it!
11 Jul 10
Ha ha ha, but not the same as what happened to you. I remember when I was in my primary school, since I was a very talkative child I tend to talk a lot. Even when we were in line for the flag ceremony I can't stop talking. So, of course, since I was a "notorius talker" everyone would blame me when a "gossip" would reached someone's ear, and all the blame will fall on me.
• Carlisle, England
11 Jul 10
It's strange how that happens isn't it? I always felt sorry for a lad that was kept being picked on in class by the Maths teacher..for no reason whatsoever that I could see. Teachers are to be given more disciplinary powers since this new coalition government got in but I don't think they will be able to knock kids about for fun as they did in the 70s and early 80s...need to strike a balance!