The Scariest Feeling You Can Experience in School.

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Working in a school is more fun than a real job.Shock and Horror.

But there are times that can be unsettling.

1.) The sad day that is July 5, when you realize summer is almost over (downhill from there).

2.) The morning you wake up expecting a snow day and it’s 52 degrees and sunny.

3.) Anytime the government gets involved in education.

But all of these pale in comparison to the worst feeling an educator sitting at his or her desk can experience.

It happens every year.

I know this because people email me within seconds of this tragic event.

The tone of the email is always the same.  Shame mixed with fear wrapped in an apology.

5.) It’s when an employee using a school computer goes to one website and ends up on another.

The unexpected site rhymes with born, thorn, sworn, torn, and worn.

It’s always the same series of events.  They type in an innocent web address and they end up someplace entirely different.

Usually, the site is only on the computer for seconds, but it can seem like hours when they are frantically hitting the Escape or Delete button.  Some have even pulled the power cord.

This stress and shame is compounded if there are children within 100 feet.

I always get the sense they are sweating profusely when they send the email pleading their innocence.

First, I’m not the computer police.  I know it was accident.

And second, why do innocent people always feel so guilty?

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3 Responses to “The Scariest Feeling You Can Experience in School.”

  1. Alfred Thompson
    on Sep 30th, 2012
    @ 9:06 pm

    Now students on the other hand. Well generally if it is a real accident (and they do happen) they respond the same way as teachers do. On the other hand when there is no accident they often claim it was. We had one student claim to go to a “bad” web site by accident. The logs showed that he went there by accident 5 times in three days for an average of 15 minutes a visit. The dean did not by the “it was an accident” claim.

  2. Pat
    on Oct 1st, 2012
    @ 7:25 am

    Okay! This was another delightful story to share with my hubby over breakfast. We couldn’t stop laughing. The funny thing about it was that both of us have been the terrified person!!! I have to admit thinking really bad words at the same time when I can’t make the page go away fast enough!!! I’m glad your staff feels comfortable about sending you the email and admitting it though.

  3. Brittney Phinisee
    on Oct 2nd, 2012
    @ 9:26 pm

    I can relate all too well to the feeling of going to sleep at the first day of summer and feeling like the next day is already the end of summer. I have worked in the school setting for 5 years, and it never gets easy seeing the end of summer, even though, you are excited to see what the new year will bring. I also can relate to watching the weather channel waiting for the list of schools that were closing due to bad weather, but wake up to the prettiest day of the year. The scariest of them all is when government gets involved in education. If the government had to walk in the educator’s shoes every day, they would see how bizarre the decisions they make toward education affect our children tremendously. Though I am thankful, I have not experienced typing in a website and getting something that would probably give me heart attack. I think teachers feel guilty because they do not want to be the ones to expose their students to that or do not want parents calling. Have parents ever called because an inappropriate site popped up and how was it handled?

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