Thursday, 24 October 2013

That Time I... Snuck Onto a Field Trip

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?


  1. i've crashed field trips and proms. i also used to sneak into catholic schools and pretend i was a student but those teachers ALWAYS caught on like, HOW DID THEY KNOW? HOW CAN THEY KNOW ALL 213049329754317 STUDENTS WHO GO THERE THERE??

    actually, i used to sneak into that other high school so much people thought i was actually a student there lol!!

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  2. When I turned 18, my parents allowed me to sign myself in and out of school (the school couldn't hold me because I was a legal adult, but they needed parental permission). It was the greatest 5 weeks of my life! hahaha.

    I never snuck on a field trip, but I did finagle myself onto lots of trips I wasnt supposed to go on. Like when the band went to Stratford for the weekend...guess who came! Or when the musical theatre went to Niagara...guess who came! Not sure how I managed it, since I was in neither class :)

  3. HAHAHAHA Alex!!!!! That is hilarious!! I used to skip my government class all the time my senior year, I had another teacher write a note for me so I could help her in her class haha! Some of the best times!! Sadly, my dad is the same way about skipping my college classes a way I agree but then again sleeping in a little bit longer and skipping an 8AM class isn't so bad every now and then...right? HA!

  4. This is amazing! I always loved field trips but I never snuck on one! Looking back on school I never skipped, but I wish I had worked a bit harder.... x

  5. Hahaha this is awesome! I went to a VERY small school so there is no way I could have pulled off any of this. I did get away with cutting class a lot though. I would go hang with my friends in their classes and this one teacher would write me excuses to skip my real class.

  6. ha!! You are brave, I am too much of a chicken to pull of something like that! I miss fieldtrips, what are those in adult world??

  7. You're so brave!! I never did anything like this in school. I was WAY too scared!

  8. Hilarious!! My mom always said that it's a lot easier to ask for forgiveness than to ask for permission ;)

  9. HAHA- you badass. I love that you were smart enough to change your attendance. I used to see the attendance kid going by and it never occurred to me to do that! I feel like skipping class is more common in Canada. I know that sounds silly.. but do you agree? I know that going to college or university is more expected of kids in the U.S. .. less here. I know that I had friends that were expected to go here in Canada- but most people I know, didn't go. I think it's because the trades are so big here. Perhaps I'm being ignorant, but this is what I think!
    I was too much of a chicken to jump on a bus going on a field trip and when the teacher asked me I probably would have just told the truth. LOL I suck at lying.. I'm so bad at it. But I did my fair share of skipping class.. oh boy, did I ever.

  10. I was the absolute worst for skipping class in University. it didn't help that most teachers posted the notes online after. also as soon as i turned 18 in my senior year of high school i would call and excuse my own absences and just not go to class on fridays ha

  11. Oh my goodness this too funny! You are one rebel child. ;) I think the only time I actually skipped class was senior skip day. Maybe not even then...I'm a pansy. Hahaha.

  12. hahaha! that is so awesome and hilarious. i love how quick on your feet you were!

  13. HAHA this is so awesome! Isn't it weird to think that we had to hand in permission slips to go on these trips? Obviously it's needed but it feels like a lifetime ago!

  14. HAHA omg you are such a badass.

  15. Haha, I love this! I was always such a little rule-follower, but I love hearing about people that are quick on their feet and can get away with stuff!


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