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Rumors my teacher did something serious

Your Question

One of my teachers has been out of school for two months because there are some rumours going around of him doing something very serious that if they are true, he will get fired. He isn’t fired yet but that’s what is looking like will happened. I’m really sad even two months later because I got along really well with him and he was a very supportive person in my life so I miss him being in school a lot. How do I cope with it better? At the moment I’m not really drains with it that well. It might be a while before a decision is made on whether he can come back to school or not.


Welcome to Ask Pat, 

Thanks so much to reaching out to Ask Pat. You have been very brave to tell us about how you are feeling about your teacher being out of school, how you miss him as he was supportive towards you and you both got along well. You are wondering how you will cope now that he is not in school. 

It’s understandable that you’re feeling sad, it sounds like you had a good relationship with the teacher, and you found him incredibly supportive. Teachers can sometimes become the person we trust the most. It is especially important that teachers act professionally within their role and maintain a healthy teacher – child relationship, with their pupils. 

When someone has given such stable support for a long time, it can be difficult to learn to cope without them. Something to remember though is that if you do need some support, there will always be other people who can fill that role. You have the right to get support from a trusted adult, that might be a parent, family member, a friend or indeed another teacher.  

You can always get in touch with Childline if you feel that you do not have anybody else to chat to just now, by phone 1800 66 66 66, text 50101 or web chat through our website Childline is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, so there will always be somebody there to chat with you, whichever way you feel most comfortable getting in touch. Childline is a safe place for you to chat as we do not trace calls or use phone or device ID. 

You do not have to be alone; we are always here to listen. 

Take care of yourself,    


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