Luckily I was never a big trouble-maker in my youth so I avoided major confrontations with my teachers. Having said that, there were a handful of teachers that had a way of striking the fear of God into you that still sticks with me to the present day. I’ll start with my own personal story first and then let others have the floor…
First, my story. I knew one teacher who was in the Marines back before he took his job as a teacher. He was still very young, and athletic, likely his late-thirties. Anyway, one day a student acted up (the details of what he said I forget) to which prompted my teacher to tell him to walk straight to the principal’s office and report himself for misbehavior. So that’s that, right? Nope.
Kid said something under his breath on the way out shit-talking the teacher who caught it from all the way across the room. Teacher jumps on his desk, and bounds over about 4 or 5 single desks in the middle of the room in order to promptly catch the offending kid in the act. The kid bolted but did not make it far because the teacher was so quick leaping his way over desks to catch him. The teacher grabbed the kid by the neck in the hallway and personally escorted him from there.
The teacher might’ve been fired for that act today, but in middle school when I grew up it just earned him legendary status.
And, No, hand to God I’m not making that shit up. I can still picture the teacher and that classroom layout today.