On May 16, 1946, after Lorraine Baines told her that Biff Tannen was bullying George McFly, she threatened to send Biff to military school in Idaho. However, Mr. Strickland, then an inexperienced teacher, defended Biff, stating he needed understanding and tolerance, since he lived alone with his grandmother. Though Miss Hodges felt hesitant, she ultimately backed down — instead requesting that Mr. Strickland look after Biff for his misdeeds from then on.
Sometime shortly after the incident, Miss Hodges retired from teaching.
In later years, Strickland would misremember this incident as Miss Hodges preventing him from shipping Biff off to military school. Only when time traveling would he realize the truth.