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Friday, April 22, 2011

As Promised...Double Trouble In Trouble Part 1

Posted by Seeking Solace |

I promised to tell the story about Double Trouble, so here goes.

Throughout the term, they have taken insubordination to a new level. During the last week of classes, almost every instructor who had the "privilege" to engage with these two have complained about these ladies taking back to them and other students. They would walk into class late and leave without saying a word to the instructor. They pick fights with other students. And, they give anyone attitude about the slightest thing.

Well, the straw that broke the camel's back was when Double Trouble walked out of a presentation by someone of influence in the community and their future profession. They showed up 10 minutes late for class, stayed 10 minutes and then just walked out. No explanation. They didn't even say anything about an emergency. They just walked out. They never returned to class either. According to one of my instructors, they were in a computer lab playing around on Facebook. read right.

And I am sure the speaker noticed becuase there were only 13 people in the room.

That was it.  I'd had enough of these two. There is no way I can send them out into the work world with that kind of attitude and lack of professionalism. I brought them up on disciplinary charges and recommended they be kicked out of the college. Obviously, the previous times they were before the Disciplinary Board did not mean anything. They just don't get it.

They went before the committee and cried crocodile tears. They claimed that they have an attitude because no one likes them because they are more pretty than the other students. No one understand how difficult it is to have everyone hate you becuase you are pretty.

Good grief, pass me a bucket so I can vomit.

The committee decided to suspend Double Trouble immediately and for an indefinite period. They have certain tasks they most perform before they will be considered for re-entry, including writing letters of apology to the speaker, me and their classmates.

Well, I thought it was over until I received a nasty phone call and email from one of Double Trouble's mothers who claimed that how could the college kick out her daughter and friend without giving them due process. She demanded to know why these girls were kicked out of school. (Um, letters were hand delivered and mailed to the students at every step of the process).

Well, alrighty then, time to go into lawyer mode.

So, I gathered my 40 page document of evidence on each student. The Dean and Assistant Dean totally had my back on this, so the three of us agreed to a meeting with Double Trouble Mother #1. We figured that the other parent would be there, but we didn't count on their bringing a lawyer.

Yep. A lawyer.

Well, as you know, if a student lawyers up, game off. We can't speak to them and the whole thing gets transferred to Legal. The Dean asked the lawyer if she was representing the families. And, of course, the lawyer was being cagey in her response, probably to see if the Dean would fall for it. But, yours truly, knows how that game is played. I looked her dead in the eye and asked if she was in a representative capacity and if a retainer agreement was signed. The attorney backed off her high horse and said no.

Bitch needed to know that she was in my house now.

Stay tuned! (I'm such a little snot for the cliffhanger!)


Kai said...

OOh you are evil for the cliffhanger! I'm dying to know now!!

TiredProf said...

Me, too!

Love the new design, BTW

Psycgirl said...

Oooo this story is awesome!

"They claimed that they have an attitude because no one likes them because they are more pretty than the other students. No one understand how difficult it is to have everyone hate you becuase you are pretty."

That is the best (i.e., worst) excuse I have ever heard!!

MissDazey said...

OK, I will patiently wait for the cliff hanger installment. I would probably be pushing the students, the mothers off a cliff. Thinking up something for the lawyer. Bet she didn't know "teacher is a legal whizkid."

Last note, if being pretty is an excuse for being nasty..all of us would be nasty. Which we are not, we are nice.

Comrade PhysioProf said...

What was the point of even bothering to respond or otherwise react to the student's mother's phone call or e-mail? The students were accorded due process and were suspended: end of story.

It sounds to me like you have unhealthy tendencies to (1) personalize the absurd antics of students and (2) eagerly fight with people over nonsense. These tendencies are only going to cause you trouble going forward in academia.

(Here via Grumpy Rumblings.)

Seeking Solace said...

Comrade: Since you are new here, I won't give you the customary Seeking Solace smackdown for those who don't get it. After all, I don't want you to think that I am eagerly engaging in a fight with you.

Rather, I assume that since you don't know me from a can of paint, you don't know that I tell this story with a some snark and sarcasim, which is my M.O. around here. It comes from 11 years of being an attorney and nine as an academic. When you put the two together, you get someone whose a bit snarky, a little bitchy and a whole lot of humor thrown in.

Sorry if you missed that.