Physical Education (PE)/gym class was one of the more traumatic parts of school. It’s basically Lord of the Flies.
The meanest members of school excel and teachers who, for the most part, tried to recapture their lost youth through the lives of bullies, ignoring war-zone or bullying themselves.
Add in weapons in the form of balls, bats and studded shoes and you’ve got a recipe for the ‘pick on the queer kid’ class. Because, of course, in this rabid environment, LGBTI people are at the bottom of the barrel.
This was brought to the internet’s attention after Mary Hitchman’s viral tweet. Where she seemed to hit a key with: ‘Things can be tough sometimes but at least we don’t have to do PE anymore’.
Things can be tough sometimes but at least we don’t have to do PE anymore
— Mary Hitchman (@maryhitchman) July 15, 2019
This led to thousands of people commenting on how we all tried to avoid PE or gym class. These are the best ones…
Did any gays actually do PE or did every last one of us spend our time in school coming up with ingenious ways to skip it?
— Calum McSwiggan (@CalumMcSwiggan) July 17, 2019
Forging notes to avoid gym class/PE: an art form
My PE teacher once caught me forging a note from my parents to excuse me from it ?
— W⚓ (@Wkhnage) July 17, 2019
Five solid years of forging parental notes, “forgetting” your kit, “I feel faint” https://t.co/6DH4Nh0HF4
— shon faye. (@shonfaye) July 17, 2019
Though sometimes the medical notes can go too far…
I had a “bad back” for three years. It was pretty funny until my parents spent £££ on private physio ?
— Juno Dawson (@junodawson) July 17, 2019
when i was 16 i printed a fake hospital letter with the NHS logo at the top saying i had weak bones and couldn’t do PE for at least 2 years and the PE teachers fell for it lmaoo dumb bitches https://t.co/E2NXmeHG1t
— Joseph (@jsphst00) July 17, 2019
When you know you’ve got to do football next lesson
i “left my pe kit at home” all the time. one time i purposely left it on the bus. i was NOT doing it https://t.co/yWyrM5x45z
— MNEK (@MNEK) July 17, 2019
Then some people got creative… musically…
I used to pretend my music lesson was always during PE. Me and my friends formed an illicit concert band instead of doing exercise https://t.co/KusmP2btI9
— Benali Hamdache (@greenbenali) July 18, 2019
Including GSN’s News Editor…
Same. I ended up doing violin lessons instead of PE. The PE teachers were clearly fed up of me saying I couldn’t do any sport because I had a cough or a hangnail.
— Joe Morgan (@nottherealjoe) July 18, 2019
The teachers sometimes understood the gays fight for survival
In year 11 i moved to girls’ PE and it’s the best thing i ever did https://t.co/8VKludfJ1e
— joe? (@joe_hogg) July 17, 2019
after i came out i was told me the head not to do pe and took extra art and english classes instead https://t.co/ElTmPYxM3K
— george (@georgewoodsss) July 18, 2019
Then other times there’s just no escape from PE
I will forever be haunted by the time we each had to do a gymnastics routine for the whole class with ‘two full-body manouvres’ so I ambled across the hall, climbed down on the ground, did two sausage rolls, and shuffled back to my seat https://t.co/TvGV6gV04W
— Sean (@seanbgoneill) July 18, 2019
Can’t really relate to most queer people’s PE experiences. I was so repressed and so terrified of being thought of as gay that I threw myself into PE so people wouldn’t mock me, even if I did hate it. Granted, in my last year I refused to play anything but hockey, but still. https://t.co/5haMpZ9WyA
— Jonny (@Jonnythan93) July 18, 2019
While teenagers can be the worst, the adults are the ones that make it so much worse
Whether they are making things worse.
I like to get out and about and stay active, but THIS! My PE teacher made me feel so worthless and I never want to see him again https://t.co/BYasSwfKZ3
— ?️??Simon??️? (@TheSimonC90) July 17, 2019
Also, turning a blind eye to bullying.
I hated PE. All boys lessons, after I came out, I was attacked constantly in the changing rooms, held at knife point, had clothes urinated on. Teacher jovially said ‘what’s going on here boys?’ Bully said ‘nothing sir’ to which teacher smiled and said ‘ok then’ before leaving. ? https://t.co/JS3bw9YsTt
— Owen (@o_burbidge) July 18, 2019
Or outright LGBTI-phobia.
I got asked in private to stop doing PE because the straight Cis boys were uncomfortable. Yet I was more uncomfortable since those same boys bullied me for years. https://t.co/wavrJvDvoz
— glambykieran (@the_book_bitch) July 18, 2019
I loathed PE at all my schools. Especially the one where my *teacher* started a petition for me to get changed in isolation after I was outted because “I made the normal boys uncomfortable” when that failed they encouraged ⚽️s thrown at my face every lesson while we were changing https://t.co/nC7dajcHRc
— Nick Coveney (@nmjcoveney) July 18, 2019
But then sometimes an unstoppable force needs to meet an immovable object…
Luckily my dad raised one of the most annoying guys on the planet so I just existed as the worst person on the school pitch and they would give up on me instantly, leaving me to do what I wanted to do: sit and chat https://t.co/9wv32uTD6d
— Tom Capon (@TomCapon) July 18, 2019
My PE teacher gave up on trying to make me join in (it wasn’t happening) and just let me keep scores instead. I was deeply inspired by Carol Vorderman. “The red team have ten points, the blue team have twelve!” https://t.co/VcF4Bycy8u
— Harry Clayton-Wright (@HClaytonWright) July 18, 2019
Oh PE. May we never get forced to do something we hate in the freezing cold with the worst people we’ve ever met, ever again.