A video posted on TikTok by an anonymous teacher is going viral because it proves, once again, that the last thing happening in America’s public schools is education. Herding cats wasn’t in her contract, neither were feline language lessons. That didn’t stop “crazynamebridgetmichael” from getting the boot for not “identifying with” a student who “identifies as a cat” because she didn’t “meow” back.
Teacher not a veterinarian
“Subs” notoriously have a harder job than the permanent faculty in charge of the classroom day-to-day. Since the days of Socrates, students generally go out of their way to antagonize the sub. It goes with the territory. This time, it’s easy to see why one temporary teacher is ready to tear her hair out in frustration.
The school doesn’t want educators, they want daycare workers. What’s the point in teaching someone how to read, when they insist on acting like a household pet? Even when, as it seems in this case, the “boy” plans for a future as an exterminator, chasing mice and eating them for survival.
She knows at least one of her comments may have been a little over the top. But even that is something which would never have been a problem a generation earlier. Back before rampant gender bending liberal propaganda and the intentional dumbing down of school kids. Now, not only genders were watered down into fluid concepts.
Today, you don’t even need to be human. If one kid can think he’s a cat, then the next thing you know they’ll be acting like birds and iguanas and polar bears. It won’t be a classroom, only a zoo. What’s the solution? Fire the teacher, obviously. She questions authority and that’s the last thing to set as an example to the kiddies.
“Okay, okay. I’ve got to rant for a minute,” the teacher acknowledges at the start of her video post. She’s put out similar videos before. “Just when I thought school couldn’t get any weirder, it did today.” Right or wrong, she’s correct there. It’s weird alright.
“I’m a sub, and the most important thing we do is take roll, so the school gets paid.” That shouldn’t be rocket surgery. “So, I’m looking at the seating chart as I’m going up and down the rows and marking who’s here and who’s not. I get to the third row and I hear this ‘meow!’ Uhhh, excuse me? Excuse me?”
Where’s the litter box?
“I start looking on the ground, through the fourth row — everything’s good. Go to the fifth row — everybody’s there. Then I hear ‘meow!'” The teacher thought someone was simply being cute and intentionally disruptive. “I’m like, ‘Okay, what’s up with that? Who’s doing it?'”
She was shocked to learn the truth. A “little girl in the very front row says, ‘You have to meow back at him; he identifies as a cat.’ Are you kidding me?”
So maybe it wasn’t such a good idea to make a smart remark about it, the teacher agrees. “I said, ‘Is there a litter box in here somewhere?’ My sarcasm self: I probably should not have said that.” She wasn’t expecting the pupil to climb a tree over it.
“He gets up and he storms out of the classroom, and I’m like, ‘Ruff!’ Of course, the entire class is laughing. I think, ‘Oh, no problem, no foul.'” Administration didn’t quite see it that way.
When the teacher was inevitably summoned to the office, they told her to clock out. “They said, ‘We no longer need your services if you can’t identify with all the children in the classroom.’ And you wonder why they don’t have any subs!”
That makes no sense logically, but logic isn’t taught in school anymore. “I told the lady, I said, ‘I didn’t know cats were considered people; I thought they were pets.'” That went over as well as the remark about the litter box. “Another school off my list.”