Another student I will never forget...
Exhale. To start, this is the student who popped up in my dream the summer after he graduated from the eighth grade. I literally woke up enough to push him out of my head. I had put up with him for ten long months and I was done.
This kid was, and remains, the most disrespectful child I have ever come across. What made it so terrible is that he was very smart. I've had not-as-bright students who are also very disrespectful. But when a child is bright and calculating with pointed belligerence, it can be rivaled by few.
I actually taught this kid's brother my first year, but he was different. Just as rude, but not as quick and pointed with his remarks. I met their mother and I understood.
But we, teachers are full people. In the end I had to protect my energy so that I could deal with the rest of my students.
I can only hope that he learns something new, changes his ways, and the world gives him a chance.