Local Teen Storms Out Crying, Teacher and Classmates Confused
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Local teenage girl, Martha Cross, left her 4th hour crying today. Her Algebra teacher, Mr. James, didn’t know what had happened, and was left feeling confused and hurt.
“I introduced a new type of graph today, and maybe I didn’t explain it well enough? Because Martha just up and left. She isn’t usually like this, she is one of my best students. Maybe she was overwhelmed? I feel guilty,” says Bill James, regarding Martha.
We talked to Martha to get an inside view on what had happened. It turns out there was more to the story than we previously had thought.
Martha is a big fan of One Direction, and a total Zayn-lover. She is still a little hurt following their permanent hiatus as of January of this year. It turns out that Mr. James had spoken the words ‘one direction’ while talking about graphs, and it caused an uproar of feelings within Martha. When the river of emotions hit her, she just so happened to look down at her desk. Sitting there was the outdated folder her mother so ignorantly bought at the beginning of this school year, which featured all five founding members of One Direction.
Martha said that in that moment, her insides burned with the fire of a thousand suns. She felt the sharp sting of remembered tears welling in her eyes, and knew she had to exit the algebra class at once. She purposely left her One Direction folder sitting on her desk as she left. She knew she couldn’t bear to view it once more.
We asked Mr. James what the exact words that triggered this wave of emotion from Martha were. He says, “I’m not sure. I think I said that ‘This graph only goes in one direction, not two like the others’ and Martha lost it. I’m not sure where to go from here.”
Pictured are the apparently offensive folder and graph: