School Permission Slip Warns Parents Their Kids Might Actually See Nature (Gasp!)

puddleWhen I read the following school permission slip a mom posted on Reddit, I didn't know whether to laugh or cry. The items parents are being instructed to sign off on are so ridiculously over the top you have to wonder if it wasn't some kind of tongue-in-cheek prank by a school official who was fed up with helicopter moms and parental complaints about crazy things.

The user who posted it, "Miss_Interociter" doesn't say which school it's for or give much other context,  but it speaks for itself quite well. You honestly won't believe it.


It reads:

In the course of going out in nature I understand that my child may:

Get his or her shoes wet or dirty
Get his or her clothes wet or dirty
Come in contact with the ground through play and activity
Go out in the rain and snow
Touch mud
Walk in the mud
Come in contact with plants and trees
See birds, bugs, animals, trees, and plants in a new way

It's funny ... but it's not. Because even if whoever wrote it was poking a little fun, it's probably because parents have complained about things not too far off from some of these things. The comments on Reddit from those who work with children prove this to be true. Here are couple of great ones, including this one from user "snippybitch":

I had a parent complain about their 3 year old's shirt and pants being dirty. When I told the parent it was from the child eating lunch she started yelling at me. At home they spoon feed her, which explained why their child sucked at feeding herself...

From la_la_lizzy:

Guys. My sister is a sailing coach. She once had parents complain to her that her children were getting wet. At sailing class.

Come to think of it, maybe this permission slip isn't so over-the-top after all.

Have you ever had to sign a crazy permission form? What's the most insane thing you've heard a parent complain about?


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