Some high school students will do anything to get out of a boring day in class…
So, when a ninth-grade pupil suddenly asked her teacher if she could be excused to go to the office, he assumed she was just trying to get out of a lesson. But that wasn’t the case at all. The teen’s sibling, Reddit user badiosa, shared the truth behind her actions in a recent poignant post.
Badiosa wrote, “my sister (who is in 9th grade) struggles with depression and panic attacks daily. while in class, she started to have a panic attack and her teacher assumed she was trying to ditch class when she asked to be excused to the office.” The professor later “found out what had really happened,” so “he wrote this to her.”
What follows is a beautiful letter about mental health and the importance of caring for your body and your mind.
“Mental health is every bit as important as physical health. I admire and respect anyone with the courage to seek help in order to be more mentally and emotionally healthy.
You are never alone in your struggle, there are always people here for you, so long as you can be open and honest with us. We can work with you and be flexible to make sure you don’t fall behind or get into trouble. We can help make the bad days not so bad.
Stay strong and continue to make progress, bit by bit, each day. Ask for help when you need it and don’t be afraid to fail. It gets better.”
While many commenters were quick to point out that the teacher didn’t apologize for his assumption, others noted that it wasn’t necessary because the sentiment was to offer help and support.
Another commenter shared their own experience with a teacher who was very supportive of them during tough times in high school.
Badiosa’s sister’s teacher could have simply brushed off the exchange and moved on, but he took the time to offer support. That’s a great educator right there!
Share to spread this teacher’s kind act.