I had an encounter with a teacher on Wednesday. I'll try to keep this short.
So I get to school, go to the cafeteria, and buy a bag of Doritos chips. Enter my building, get to my classroom at around 1:15-1:20 for a 1:30 course as I'm just finishing eating. I need a place to throw away my trash, and I know there's a can right inside my room, next to the door. I look through the windows, and there's the teacher from the previous class looking down at his podium and two students sitting at their desks. I'm fairly certain class is over.
I crack the door, not even entering completely, to put the trash in. Dropping it, I hear "You can't do that" (or some variation on this, I can't remember exactly aside from it was a dictate). It's the teacher, I look up at him for a few seconds, and thinking he meant come in yet because I was mistaken and class was still in session, leave the trash in the can and exit. I turn and sit down on the floor with about 4 other students to wait. The teacher rushes out the door behind me hot on my heels.
"Go pick that up." he says.
"Pick what up?" I knew what he was talking about, I was just trying to buy time to figure out what the big deal was.
"You see that sign?"
He points to a sign on the door that says no food or drink allowed. Becoming irritated now, I say it was garbage, not food, and I've done it many times before. He repeats himself and proceeds to berate me. This is in front of other students. I began raising my voice in anger, saying, "It's not food, it's garbage, and I placed it in the garbage can!" It escalated quickly, him telling me he didn't appreciate the way I was speaking to him, me using expletives at this point (not directed at him but used in emphasis), saying I didn't give a shit, until he finally told me he was getting security, to which I replied, "I don't care, get fucking security." I was pretty pissed as this felt like he was attempting to use his authority to harass me over such minimalist bullshit, and when I stood up to him he ran off like a kid to their mommy to get security.
A security officer came, I was questioned and told to do as the instructor said, as him and I mutually glared at each other in serious anger as other students looked on in astonsihment. I didn't remove the trash, but simply nodded in appeasement to the security as I didn't want to be kicked off campus, figuring I'd take this up with staff later. My student ID info was taken. 10 minutes later, sitting in class, two more security came in, pulled me into the hall, and I was asked to elaborate on what happened. I was called at home later that night to come to the dean's office yesterday. Went in, told my side of the story, wasn't expelled or anything. They were friendly, understanding, and listened. I admitted to getting angry and cursing, and they told me my story correlated with what the instructor had told them also.
There's more to this, but this is getting long. So do you guys think I was justified in my response or not, and why?