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You Try to Give Them An Education, and They Steal Your Damn Pokeball

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Commenter GiantBoyDetective is going to cry, because little kids can be dicks. In today's Speak Up on Kotaku he tells the sad story of misplaced trust and children that need a good spanking.


Something happend today. Something that made me so angry I almost cried out of frustration in front of my 6th grade class. I have all sorts of video game and cartoon nicknacks on my desk and today one of them was stolen by a student. It was a Pokeball with a gold Charizard card I got from Burger King when I was ten. It may have cost like $5 back then, but it has a lot of sentimental value, as I played with it often and was always proud to show it off. Stolen. Gone. Taken.

I addressed my class choked up by anger and frustration telling them that if they knew who took it or knew of any info they should tell me ASAP. My voice cracked once or twice. It was at the end of the day and I know most of the class was stunned as they walked out the door. I wanted to throw up. Who steals from their teacher? I thought we were going to have a fun school year, but now I can't trust anyone. I feel kinda stupid getting worked up over what is essentially a Burger King toy, but I just can't help it.


I was having such a great day too. Guess I'll put me detective skills to work tomorrow to find the culprit. Sigh.

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Thanks for the sentiment gamer friends. I think the shock of having a student steal from me was much worse than the feeling of loss. One student just had to ruin it for the other 30.

After giving the culprit 24 hours to return the Pokeball or come forward I am still without any leads. I was a little bitter this morning as I started math and thought about being overly serious and intensely strict for the day, but after a few minutes I just couldn't do it. It's not fair to the students who did nothing wrong. I know the vast majority of my class is already having more fun in math and science then they did in years prior and I can't deprive them of fun and education lessons because some little punk decided to swipe my nicknack.

Life goes on. I just wish it hadn't happend. Or it had been a pair of scissors or a sharpie. I'm still using my detective skills though. Who knows, maybe I'll crack this one yet.