I have a class in freshman introduction to Hamster Studies. The class has one student who has Seen Some Shit, Brave Brenda, and she's got a list of accommodations that center mostly on her anxiety as a result of her trauma. She sits near the door, leaves the room if she needs to, and usually contributes great stuff to class. Sometimes, due to some physical effects from the Shit She Has Seen, she doesn't quite track the conversation, but she has no problems with me getting her back on track. The class also has another student, who is on the spectrum, Spectral Sally. This student is engaged, active, friendly, and never needs to work out her shoulders because she's always got her hand up. She's also extremely intelligent and often makes connections the whole class is still working on, and then races ahead, but she has no problem with me saying "no, slow down, hold up a second" or "I can't call on you right now because I need to get through this bit first." In other words, two "difficult" students whom I like and who contribute more to the class than any other student.
And then there's Superior Susie, who's got it all figured out. She's intelligent too, but not nearly as smart as she thinks she is. Whenever either of the two above students talk, she rolls her eyes, bangs her forehead on the desk, heaves loud and audible sighs, shares notes and whispers with those around her, and so on. I've already talked to her about it, but she informed me that she's just frustrated because she's smarter than everyone else in the class (yes, really, she said that -- and no, she's not. Moderately above average, probably).
Normally, I'd tell her to go stuff herself. But the issue here is that I can't ethically share the fact that these two other students require accommodations. If she listened to Sally or Brenda, she'd know why, but of course, she's too busy being frustrated with their really quite minor differences. God forbid that someone be just a bit different, right? I mean, we're all white suburban girls here, yeah? So what are these people, who not only *suffer* but sometimes have to do it in public, doing with us normals? Eeew.
I don't normally dislike students, really, I don't. But once in a while, one displays such odious, disgusting behavior that I can't help it. Obviously, I'm going to have to have another talk with her, and maybe threaten her with sanctions, but she'll just see that as more of the persecution her blonde perfection must endure in this society of the unfortunately diverse. If I were a wizard, I'd give her one day in Brenda's life, just one goddamned day, and I imagine she'd crumble like a wet tissue. Or just one hour with Sally's brain.
I don't want her to think that her behavior is even remotely acceptable. I want to convey to her exactly how repulsive of a human being she is painting herself as, but I'm not sure how to do that so that it sticks, without violating the requirements of confidentiality. Any suggestions?