Looking back, there was a lot of strange stuff going on in school that doesn’t make a whole lot of sense now.
As a recent discussion on Twitter has proved, being stabbed with pencils happened with a lot more regularity than we assumed – and there are people who still have the marks to prove it.
— Emily Hogan Thomas (@eahogan) September 30, 2015
It was a surprisingly loaded question from @Los_Writer on Monday got people talking about the time they were stabbed in school and left marked for life.
@Los_Writer wrote: “Hello I’m looking for people who have led [sic] from their pencil stuck inside their bodies”. He was subsequently met with hundreds of replies.
Happened during 3rd grade, walked to the nurse with the whole pencil still in ?? pic.twitter.com/AS1WwOx6bG
— Linhsanity (@linnyxtee) January 8, 2019
Some of the stories were unbelievable. @noampao wrote: “I had a pencil stabbed in my scalp in fourth grade and five years later I was scratching my head and a piece of led [sic] fell out.”
@pastahellraiser meanwhile argued for the legitimacy of his mark: “its in my right knee. my dad also has pencil lead in his right knee it is not genetic.”
It seems people being attacked by crushes was a startlingly common occurrence. @elhokage wrote that she was “stabbed in the hand by a boy I liked in the third grade”.
Video game-related stabbings also happened, according to @_realkolworld: “Brother stabbed me smh cuz I cooked him in Yu-Gi-Oh”.
Dozens of Twitter users were eager to share photos of their marks. Some were happy just to know they weren’t alone.
@nanatat07 wrote, “Omg my right thumb, I didn’t know this was a common thing”, while revealing her own dark ‘freckle’.
Also shockingly common are accounts of self-leading. @thatxgirlxcass’ story is harrowing: “had a pencil on the floor that got stuck in the carpet at a weird angle and stabbed my toe!! i always figured it would go away by now but no”.
@pebbleys had a similar story: “middle school, stabbed myself w a sharpened pencil by moving my leg too close to my backpack on the floor”.
Lead survivors might be comforted to know that the struggle of self-stabbing continues even for adults.
@Los_Writer head numerous tales of victims accidentally tattooing themselves with pencils as grown-ups.
Stay strong, marked ones – you are not alone.