The mother of a 6-year-old who forged a note in highlighter pen written on finger paint paper in order to get out of his after-school program is asking that disciplinary action be taken against her son's school. And I, for one, say she is right.
The school claims it had an old cellphone number for the mother and left a message on it "approving" the absence. But the child was alone and not in his after-school program.
The boy had apparently wanted to go home instead, but for the poor mother, there was a period of time where her son was "missing" as neither the school nor his after-school program knew where he was. Someone did something very irresponsible and wrong here.
Sure, it's funny and somewhat diabolical that this 6-year-old did this. But I can see my 5-year-old pulling something like this, too. I would hope her school officials wouldn't let her go from school until they had me on the phone, especially since any note MY daughter would write would be full of misspelled words and likely drawn on with crayon as well.
Seriously, school, get with it.
We trust our schools to care for our kids and see through their little tricks. If a 6-year-old can forge a note that fools ANYONE, then we have a serious problem on our hands. Come on. Does anyone really think this is possible?
What went on at this school was sheer laziness, and for any parent, that ought to be chilling. We aren't talking about a 10-year-old or a 12-year-old. We are talking about a 6-year-old.
At that age, children are nearly the youngest in the school. They are at most in kindergarten or first grade and they need more adult supervision and care than any other age. What kind of school official thinks a memo on voicemail is enough to warrant letting a child leave the school on his own? Where he went isn't clear in the piece, but it's implied that he went home. In which case, how does that happen? How does a SIX-YEAR-OLD get released to anyone but a parent?
This is the kind of story that will haunt your nightmares. We expect school officials to be smarter than our kids. After all, that is why they teach them. What happens when they aren't?
Do you think disciplinary action should be taken?
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