So, last year at the beginning of the year, a bunch of newspapers showed up at my classroom. I passed them out to students to read at the end of class. As I was taking a look at my own copy, I noticed that the headline on the front page had some grossly incorrect grammar, and I commented on it. I wasn't mean about it, I just said, "Oh, it looks like they made a mistake on this headline. It should say ___ here. I wonder why they wouldn't check it before they printed it up." Cut to a few days later when one of the assistant principals sends out a very harshly worded email to the entire staff. The email pretty much said that teachers had used a copy of the student newspaper (whoops! I didn't know it was the student newspaper, but I should have assumed it was.) and "bashed" one student's hard work. The student spent an hour in the AP's office sobbing because she was embarassed that a teacher would make fun of her in public. Blah blah blah. "Don't EVER use student work as an example of mistakes in your class." This email was addressed the entire staff, but I figured it was really meant for me to see. Later in the day, my supervising administrator talked to me, and I explained that I meant no offense, that I was very sorry that the student's feelings were hurt, but that I really don't think I said anything bad other than pointing out a glaring grammar error. The admin seemed happy with that, and nothing more was said about it. Cut to today, nearly two years later, when one of my journalism students says to me, "Don't tell [the teacher] that I told you this, but she's still pissed at you about that thing last year where you said there was a mistake on the paper. She tells all her students not to bring stacks of papers to your room anymore." Now, the student who told me this is trustworthy. Oh, and I haven't ever seen the student newspaper since then--not in a stack outside my door, and not in my mailbox when it's in everyone else's. I get it that this teacher evidently hates me. Fine. What bugs me about this whole situation is not that the teacher is holding a grudge, but that she is telling students (outright or implying) that I'm terrible and awful, that I don't "deserve" a copy of the paper. I'm actually really hurt by this whole thing. I'm a good person, and (I think) a good teacher, and I care about students immensely. I really am sorry that this student's feelings were hurt, but seriously... I pointed out the error with absolutely zero malice, no sarcasm, no disrespect. I am a teacher, and I feel like it's my job to teach the right way to do things...and in my opinion, printing a newspaper with a huge error on the front page is not the right way to do things. Bah. Just a vent.