A Letter from the Teacher

This is supposedly a real letter from a teacher (Snopes calls it "undetermined"). I wouldn't be surprised if it's true, though:

That may be difficult to read, so here's a transcription:

April 20th, 1994

Dear Mrs. [redacted],

You may already know this, but in case Alex has neglected to tell you, I am assigning him to detention for one hour this Friday, April 22nd. The reason is as follows:

Alex consistently defied me. During class he contradicted me numerous times when I insisted that the length of one kilometer was greater than that of one mile. Every other student in class accepted my lesson without argument, but your son refused to believe what I told him, offering such rebuttals as, “You’re lying to the class,” and commanding other students to challenge my curriculum.

Although he was correct, Alex’s actions show a blatant disregard for authority, and a complete lack of respect for his school. In the future, Alex would be better off simply accepting my teachings without resistance.

Please see to it your son understands this.

Regards,

Adam Hilliker

One piece of evidence that it's fake: the use of “smart quotes” in 1994. Possible, but unlikely. A kilometer is a little over six-tenths of a mile -- not just shorter, but significantly shorter.

Posted March 12, 2012

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