What would you do if your child skipped school ?

Canada
May 25, 2007 12:22pm CST
What would you do if you found out your child skipped school for the day with a friend and forged your signature for this the day before and you found out ? I just got a call from my sister in law who was beside herself with worry and fright as she thought her daughter had been kidnapped when she got a call from her ex asking why his daughter and her daughter were not in school today . She knew she had sent them in the morning and said she was going to call the school because she knew they had got up to go to school this morning . When she called the school they had not shown up today at all but they had a note that had been passed in by the girls yesterday with a signature from her ex that stated that the girls needed the day off as they were working that day and would need to be excused . The first thing that jumped into her mind was that her daughter had been kidnapped as she has never pulled a stunt like this before . Her daughter is only fifteen years old and the other child is sixteen . My sister in law is not sure how she is going to handle this just yet and it got me to thinking , how would many of you react in the same situation ?
8 responses
@HighReed1 (1127)
• United States
25 May 07
My kids skipped school as well. They couldn't forge anything because the school required an adult to call or come in to sign them out. I grounded them. When they continued to do it, I let them have natural consequences. They got kicked out of school for half the year. So they ended up behind all their friends. No graduation with their class.
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• Japan
26 May 07
I bet they turned good didn't they? It usually works. I would do the same thing. Try to prevent them then if it doesnt' work, let them face the consequences.
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• United States
26 May 07
Well, in one regard this is normal teen behavior, but I think it needs to be treated seriously....there needs to be a consquence so that it doesn't happen repeatedly. Kids all try this but it's important ,imo, to nip it so they don't think that they can continue doing this...
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@Sir_bobby88 (8245)
• Singapore
26 May 07
I do think if that the case , communication acts as a very important role at this situation , you will need to talk to your child what happend , trying to understand what is their problem yea .don't ever force them if they don't want to say whreas you might want to find out from their closed friends or talk to their teachers .Then act upon the information received never scold their child without a reason
@lingli_78 (12852)
• Australia
26 May 07
i don't have a kid yet at the moment... but i know if my child do that to me, he/she will be grounded for sure and i will take away all his/her privileges... and of course, no pocket money for a certain amount of time as well... i will make sure that i discipline him/her and he/she wouldn't dare to repeat it again...
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@evelynlyp (788)
• Japan
26 May 07
I have skipped school. My mom knows about it because she comes to pick me up. You need a reason to get out of class. I usually make up some reason to get out. I leave school because there are free periods during the last few timetable slots. It makes no sense to me to hang around till school's out to go home. All schools in my country only let kids out when school's out. They won't let you leave early even if you got no classes without a permission. Its a safetly procedure. They don't want kids leaving early because those kids can go off with strangers or friends. The school will get into a lot of trouble if they went missing because parents will blame the school for it.
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@meljessxena (2319)
• Australia
26 May 07
ive done this before myself, and well i know what would be expected if i was caught, my parents would yelled at me and grounded me, and would of been mad at me for a while, sometimes they threatened to take my internet or computer off me for a day or week etc.
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@kgwat70 (13398)
• United States
25 May 07
I would be just as upset and scared as anyone else not knowing where your child is at. I would be worried and would start calling around or driving around to try and find her or call the police to report my child missing. Both girls will need to be disciplined for their actions. I would say that they should be grounded and maybe the parents need to drive them to school to make sure they are there. I know that when I was in school, I skipped class. My parents found out when the school called them about my whereabouts. I regretted the fact that I made my parents worry.
@sidoney (1033)
• Jamaica
25 May 07
honestly since I have skipped school and got away with it I cannot say waht will work as far as them not doing it again but notifying the school that they should contact you if it happens again can be one thing to do any way you should know your daughterr and deal with her accordingly and contact the school to see if it has ever happened before as you definatly do not want this to continue and skipping school can be a habit let her know that she is only hurting her self her future god know if i had stayed in school I would not be on mylot typing away lol
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