There's this girl. I can't even say "there's a girl in one of my classes," because, well, you'll see.
M came to school on the first day of school like everyone else, and she came the day after that. Then she disappeared.
Until one day in late October. She started to walk into the room, cheerily saying, "Hi, Miss!" I said, "And who are you?" She responded, "I'm M, I'm in your class!" All happy like.
I responded in a rather irritated/shocked manner. I said, "Excuse me? What do you mean being gone for over a month and then just waltzing into my room? Where have you been?"
Her reply: "Um, I got sick."
"Then where's your doctor's note? You must have been really ill--what happened?"
"I don't have a note, I was just in bed."
I just shook my head and sent her in the room.
She was there for two, maybe three days, she was on task, did the work very well.
Then she disappeared again.
The first week of December, she comes back. With a note.
This is what it says:
To whom it may concern
My daughter was absent for 3 months because she caught a cold from her window being open, you see she gets sick easily because she forgets to close her window. But now shes going to start going to school everyday. Please give her the work shes missed. Thank you
Errors and all--but worse, it's M's handwriting, not an adult's. Also complete and utter bullshit. Lies and excuses and other bad things. The whole thing is literally unbelievable to me. Is the girl extremely manipulative? Is she tricking her mom or dad into letting her stay home? Are the parents abusing her in some way? Are they keeping her home for some reason? I really don't know. The guidance counselor and I talked about her a couple times, both of us shocked and dismayed by the girl's absence and ridiculous "note." She mentioned something about a court case, so they've started the process of calling the parents on educational neglect. But jesus! How is this possible? How are they getting away with this, whether it's the girl or the parents? I don't understand. She's smart, she catches on right away, she seems nice enough--she should be an excellent student.
After class that day in December, I asked her how often we were going to see her. "Every day!" she promised. "I hope so," I replied," because you need to be here every day in order to learn and do well." "I know, Miss."
She was there for one more day, and we haven't seen her again.
It's nearly halfway through the school year, and this girl has been in school SIX DAYS. SIX DAYS!
Who's leaving who behind here?