My teenaged son was suspended once for cutting class. He thought it was great and planned to keep cutting class and keep getting suspended. So, I went to the principal and told him that suspending my boy was no punishment, punishment was keeping him in school, and I offered to personally escort him to all of his classes, to which he agreed. My son was horrified when I showed up first period to make sure he went to second period. Several of his friends (and fellow truants) approached me to tell me what an awful mother I was and how I should not embarass my son like that, so I gave them my phone number and told them to have their parents call me and tell me not to do so. I got not one single phone call, I think those young people were afraid their parents might take up the practice. The principal told me he was going to adopt the practice for truants. That if the parents wanted to so do, they could escort their children to class if they were caught cutting class. The truancy rate went way down in that school, no kid wanted to take the chance that his mother would show up to make sure he went to class.
Ha ha—that’s great!