A former marine sergeant gets a new job as a teacher and his first lesson to the toughest students is priceless


Teachers often complain that a significant portion of their time and energy is spent (spelled W A S T E D) on managing student behavior and keeping classroom order.

Consider this story of a Marine who later became a teacher:

A former Sergeant having served his time with the Marine Corps took a new job as a school teacher. Just before the school year started he injured his back. He was required to wear a plaster cast around the upper part of his body. Fortunately, the cast fit under his shirt and wasn’t noticeable.

On the first day of class, he found himself assigned to the toughest students in the school. The smart-aleck punks, having already heard the new teacher was a Marine, were leery of him and decided to see how tough he really was before trying any pranks.

Walking confidently into the rowdy classroom, the new teacher opened the window wide and sat down at his desk. When a strong breeze made his tie flap, he took a stapler and promptly stapled the tie to his chest, twice.

He had no trouble with discipline that year.

(U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Jennessa Davey)

Priceless! This has been around for a few years, but it’s still one of my favorite first day of school stories.

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