Last school year I tutored groups of four students in 1st, 2nd, and 3rd grade in reading at a local public school. I loved the work and the kids. I especially enjoyed my 3rd-graders; they understood my weird sense of humor and we had a lot of fun together. We enjoyed a rapport that is hard to have in larger classrooms, and most of the time I learned and laughed and goofed around right along with them.
One day, however, they were in an especially silly mood, and I was especially not in one. After telling them multiple times to quiet down and trying several different ways to get and keep their attention, I finally yelled, "You guys are pissing me off!!!" Immediately all four boys pointed to me and said, "Ooooo, you said a bad word! Oooooo!" etc. etc. They all laughed and carried on - I took a little creative license with the picture. Eventually we were able to move on and have an actual lesson.
A few days later, my boss called and asked me to come to her office and meet with her. Now, a week or two before, she'd asked me to do something for her that I felt was more of an administrative duty rather than a teaching one. I'd had similar duties when I taught full-time, and I was glad to be free of them. I politely declined my boss's request, explaining why. She said okay, and didn't mention it further. So when she called me and wanted to meet, I had of course forgotten about my recent indiscretion and immediately assumed she wanted to ask me to take on more administrative duties. I thought about that a bit and decided I just wanted to teach. So I headed to her office, full of myself and determined to stand my ground.
When I got to her office, we sat down and she opened with, "I heard you said 'pissed' in front of some students; is that true?" Oh. Is that why I'm here? Oops.
After a beat, I said, "Yes, that was me. Actually I said 'pissing.'" Apparently, regardless of its form, the word "piss" is in the public school teacher's handbook along with a list of other words that are banned from the school. Who knew? I agreed that I shouldn't have said that and would try to control myself in the future. There goes my future as an educational bigwig, dagnabbit!