Something embarrassing that happened at school

I was inspired to write this by Mama Kat’s writing prompt, “something embarrassing that happened at school.”

I was 15 and in sitting in the front row of my 10th grade English class. Suddenly, I felt something — got my period unexpectedly in class. Now, this is something that happens in life, but at that age, I was still learning how to manage things. Even though I was wearing black pants, I didn’t want to stand up because I was afraid people would see, so I acted like everything was just fine.

When class ended I gathered my stuff slowly and left the room last, then rushed to the restroom. Afterwards, I confided in some friends and they assured me there was nothing was visible on my pants because they were black, so that made me feel better.

The next day, the teacher, Mrs. Wierman, a.k.a. the dreadful human who taught me how to analyze Beowulf, came up to me before class. She was a small woman with short, curly gray hair and glasses and she must have been close to retirement at that point.

Kids were getting settled in their seats and chatting to each other when she put both of her elbows on my desk, leaned into me, and hissed, “Did you ‘get sick’ on your chair yesterday?” Her tone was accusatory and I wanted to disappear.

I said, “No, what do you mean?”

“There was a stain on your chair and the person who has this seat after you refused to sit in it. She created a big fuss over it!”

“No, I didn’t get sick on my chair yesterday.”

She looked at me with a skeptical smirk and walked away without another word.

I knew what she meant — there must have been a blood smear on my chair and I didn’t realize it. But I don’t consider that “getting sick,” I got my period, which is a normal thing, and I had a mishap, but I wasn’t sick.

Still, I felt so humiliated that tears came to my eyes right there in class. I don’t think anyone saw, which would have made things so much worse.

I think if she had phrased her question differently and had a less accusatory tone and approached me in a more private manner, it wouldn’t have been so bad. I probably still would’ve cried, though.

What the fuck, though? Like, why even say anything to me? I was shamed because I was a teenager who had an “accident” that came as a normal and natural consequence of being female. Even though it was so long ago, I’m still pissed about how ashamed she made me feel.

If I hadn’t thrown my yearbooks away years ago I would’ve included a photo of her with this post to shame her right back for being such an asshole. But instead, here are my cats Magilla and Kevin playing with a tampon.

If you’d like to share something embarrassing that happened to you in school, I’d love to hear about it!






  1. What a witch! I had the same type of accident in junior high. Of all things, one of the most popular boys in my class saw my jeans when I stood up (I wasn’t lucky enough to be wearing black pants). He came over and whispered, “Hey, I think maybe you’ve got some ink on your pants.” Seriously! So a 13-yr. old boy handled it better than your teacher did! I went to the nurse, who then called a neighbor who graciously picked me up and took me home to change. It was an embarrassing situation made slightly less painful by the kindness of others.

    June 25, 2015
  2. said:

    That is awful! I can’t stand when people in authority are so rude to young adults and children!

    My most embarrassing school incident… I was on a special field trip for marine science in 7th grade- only a few, advanced students were allowed to go. It was a big deal for me to be included, and to get the money to go.

    Apparently the teachers knew that. The first night, they asked everyone if Sizzler was okay for dinner. I said that I didn’t care for it, and a teacher said “is it because you’re too poor to eat there?”, with a rude smirk on her face. I was horrified. Truthfully, it was because I didn’t care for seafood. I was too poor to eat there, but I didn’t even know it. I probably had never been there. I just don’t understand these people…

    June 24, 2015
    • said:

      That’s so fucked up. I expect kids to be cruel to each other, but it’s a special kind of awful when an adult is cruel to a child, especially one in a position of trust!

      June 25, 2015

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