To all the teachers out there: if a student claims to have feelings for you, do not treat them badly. Do not insult them, or ignore them. Be patient, and thoughtful. Let them know that you don’t return the feelings if it’s the case, tell them that you are flattered if you feel comfortable doing so. The key is to remember that they are vulnerable and that every word that comes out of your mouth will affect them, one way or another. Treat them as a human being. A person. A person who should be respected, and has their own feelings. Don’t treat them as a child, or a teenager. Don’t treat them as a student who knows nothing. Take a deep breath, and try to be reasonable. Try to understand. Patience.