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Ridiculous Excuses from Students

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When students start spouting excuses, I like to share the story of the time my dog actually ate my homework.

Seriously, my first real essay in 5th grade was written out on loose leaf paper sitting on a high counter. It seemed relatively safe until my nutso dog (f.y.i. part-poodle equals part-crazy) scaled a Mr. Ed-style half-door into the room and tore it to shreds. This, of course, turned me into a hysterical, sobbing mess. After I got my act together, my mom and I taped it back together, I typed it up and it was turned in on time.

Moral of the story:  suck it up and get it done!

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Just because you don't take excuses doesn't mean students won't make them.

Here are a few of the most memorable excuses from students and parents I've come across:

My youngest daughter couldn't turn in her homework because her younger step-brother had stolen it, filled it in and turned it in to his teacher to prove how smart he was.

My locker is jammed and I can't get my homework out of it.

Please excuse Eric from school on May 5th through May 19th. He was waiting in line for the new Star Wars film. You will be happy to know, he got tickets for next September, when he will be missing another week of school while he waits in line for the perfect seat.

My backpack got stolen several days ago and I lost all my notes.

I pulled my back reaching into the fridge for margarine.

Please excuse my daughter from school yesterday and P.E. forever. She had a very bad asthma attack running in P.E. because the coach made her run too much. Please excuse her from P.E. even though the doctor says she needs it.

I was late for class because the bell rang before I got here!!

From a parent: I used to write my children excuses stating that they were absent because they had things like the black plague, bubonic plague, schoolitis or had to go to the historic district to study history for an authentic history presentation. Teachers loved them, but they made my kids mad at me. I did call the school with real excuses but children didn't know.


By far the most annoying: you never told me/you didn't remind me. Grrr!!!


My last one isn't K-12, but it's too funny not to share. When I was in college, I knew a girl who emailed her professor to say: "I won't be in class today because I'm in love."


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What's the most ridiculous excuse you've heard? Share in the comments section!