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I have a teacher who no not matter what I do, she always has to try to embarrass me in front of the group. If she asks me a question and I answer it wrong, she makes a big issue out of it, but if she asks me another question and I get it right, then she makes fun of me. I do not think this teacher likes me and the sad part is that I have done nothing for her to treat me that way. There are days when I do not even want to go to school because of this. My mom and I went to see the director of the school about this issue, but he thinks that the teacher is not doing anything wrong and that I need to stop being a complainer. I am not a complainer and even some of my schoolmates think that she is out of control with the way she is treating me. Since the director was not too much of a help, what else can we do to get this situation corrected? My parents are thinking about changing me to a different school but I do not want to leave my friends. Please help!
Before your mom makes such a drastic decision, I will suggest that both of you go and visit your school district office and talk to someone who can help you to get this situation under control. This person who calls herself a teacher needs to get her ears pulled sooner than later. The fact that she is a teacher and is behaving this way makes me think that she does not have what it takes to be a teacher and may need to be released from her position as soon as possible. The fact that you feel this way should be reason enough for the school principal to take things seriously and have a chat with this teacher. She should be the one making sure you as a student feel “safe” in her class, not the cause of a student to feel like he does not want to go to school anymore. Talk to your mom and ask her to go with you to your school district office and ask for an appointment with whoever can help you get this issue resolved as soon as possible. You do not have to change schools if you do not want to. You did not do anything wrong; she did and if someone needs to leave the school, it probably will be her. Good luck!
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