Teacher has brilliant response to student’s profane letter

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An English teacher at McKinley High School (city unknown) received a letter from one of her students that was taped to the door of the classroom, according to a posting on Reddit.

The 101-word letter was full of grammatical and spelling errors, and also contained curse words and name calling directed at the teacher.

And how did the teacher respond? By correcting all of the student’s mistakes.

The teacher went through and sliced and diced the letter in red marker, noting everything from not having a date to not indenting the signature line to a comma splice.

And at the bottom, the teacher had one last smack down for the student by writing: “*Please use your education appropriately. Proofreading takes five minutes & keeps you from looking stupid.*”


See the letter below. Note: Some readers might find some of the language offensive.


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  • N/A

    Talk about the students at McKinley High having senioritis! There's still two months of school left, plus any snow day make-ups. In my humble opinion, get back to work and props to the teacher.

  • arubatom

    Excellent for the teacher to correct the letter, as I'm sure "the perfect little student" was bragging to friends about the letter he or she wrote….now the student looks like an idiot..Perfect!!!

    • Hope

      Yes, (actually, no, I watched that show once and it was enough for a life time) but it is also the name of dozens, if not more, real-life high schools.

  • JT Tyler

    This is the student’s writing skills after taking this English class lead by this teacher? I think this may be more of a validation of this person’s ability to teach. But the more you think of it, this is the type of products that public schools are turning out these last couple of decades.

    • Education

      How about the parents??
      This teacher apparently was not respected from the beginning. The parents brought up this disrespectful child. They have to carry some if not all the weight here. It's sad this child is a senior and he is going to have it rough from here on out cause he never took the opportunities that were given to him. That is what is sad about some children in public school. The opportunities are there for the taking. It takes time, effort, dedication, respect and responsibility to achieve a great education. Parents and their children should not assume a good education will just fall in their hands with no effort on their parts. My husband and I put every penny that comes in towards our children's current and future education. We also spend a lot of time on homework and educational activities, as well as fun activities. In turn they are fun loving, respectful, smart, well rounded kids. It can be done. And we are doing it all on a very strict budget. I hope this child uses this experience as a wake up call.

    • Good student

      LOL You're just as ignorant as the letter-writer. You think a single teacher during the kid's **last** semester/year is going to be able to teach them things they should have had down years ago?? Give me a break! Clearly this teacher knows what they're doing. It's the problem with the public school system in the US, where there's nominal funding, teachers are severely restricted in what they can do, the kids are all expected to perform exactly the same (anyone under or over the "norm" is screwed), etc.

  • Some girl from HI

    The school is in Honolulu, HI :) In response to the first comment-er, no such thing as a snow day in Hawaii!

  • Jack

    There are many high schools in the US named after McKinley, and they do have snow days. No where in the article does it say that this letter is from the one in Hawaii.

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