When I was in high school, I spent a lot of time not going to class. I'd come up with elaborate plans to still be marked as present but not actually attend class. For example, I'd go to class; the moment I was marked as present, I'd sneak out and not come back. Or, I'd stay in the hall and wait for the student who had to bring the attendance to the office. When I saw them leaving the classroom, I'd corner them, take the attendance sheet from them and mark myself as present (this was not done by any means of bullying. It was a simple interaction of, "Hey, what's up? I don't feel like going to class today. Can I see the attendance sheet? Thanks.").
On one of these days, where I was roaming the hallways instead of being in class, I noticed a school bus outside. Some of my friends were there, so I went to investigate.
"What's going on?" I asked.
"We're going on a field trip."
"Lucky. I want to go on a field trip."
"So come with us."
Come with? What a great idea!
I ran back into the school to tell my next period teacher that I wouldn't be attending class because I had just gotten permission to go on the field trip. I then asked someone to cover me for my other classes. I ran back to the bus just as everyone was getting on.
I took a step on the bus and felt a hand on my shoulder.
"Alex? Are you supposed to be on this trip?"
Crap. It was the teacher. I was busted. Quick! Lie.
"Yeah, I just handed my permission slip in to the office. You can call my dad if you want."
She shook her head, "It's fine. Go ahead."
Amazing. She bought it.
Just like that I was on the bus and on my way to an awesome field trip. Did I ever end up getting caught? Nope. Was the trip fantastic? Absolutely. Do I remember where the field trip was? Not a clue.
Looking back on it, I realize just how much trouble I could have gotten into. If I had gone missing, that school would have had a lot of questions to answer and, most likely, fines to pay. I didn't go missing though and I had a great time.
Just a note: if any kids are reading this, don't skip school or sneak onto field trips. Seriously. Don't. Also, don't lie. That's really bad.
|This is for the children.|
Although my dad would argue that skipping college classes is the equivalent to throwing money away.
Have you ever skipped class or snuck onto a field trip?