No colleague of mine, I don’t want to hear about your favourite student. You know, the one that threatened me at work and stalked me when he wasn’t in school just to intimidate me.
No colleague of mine, I don’t think his skill makes what he did okay.
No, I don’t want to hear how he went on this trip or went to some fancy private school.
No, I don’t want you to explain to me how he’s a really good guy who might be misguided.
No, I don’t want to hear how I should forgive him or be the bigger person.
No, I don’t think you can ever explain to me that because he was so well behaved in your class that his actions in mine where unbelievable.
What I actually said.
(I’ve had this conversation like 5 times with this colleague, and they never want to take my side. It’s always about how good he was in his class. Note: My old boss basically told this colleague “Shut the fuck up that guy was a shit” but in the fancy British version which I can’t remember.)