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(Some Guy)   School tells six-year-old boy that it's not OK to skip school just because you're dying of leukemia and you're flying to Rome because the Pope wants to meet you   ( loughboroughecho.net) divider line
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2009-03-12 01:23:36 PM  
Holy shiat. That's pretty serious! That will be on his permanent records!
 
2009-03-12 01:28:03 PM  
Now I'll bet he never even bothers to graduate
 
2009-03-12 01:34:32 PM  
Well I Sympathize with the school. If they make an exception for him they'll havve to make an exception for EVERY terminally Ill Student with a Papal invite, and that'll lead to anarchy. Besides they have a "zero tolerance" policy when it comes to unexcused absences, so while they might like to make an exception in this case, they simply CAN'T otherwise it wouldn't be much of a policy now would it?
 
2009-03-12 01:50:53 PM  
Damn papists...
 
2009-03-12 01:52:10 PM  
If the Pope wanted to meet me, I'd send him a letter consisting entirely of the sentenfce "How's it feel to want?" and see if his reply was worth mocking.
 
2009-03-12 01:52:48 PM  
When I was a child, all my parents had to was write a note saying they knew I was going to be out/was out of school for it to be an excused absence. One year, that included taking my brothers and sister out of school for a few weeks because that was the only time my dad could get off for vacation. No problem, the teachers gave us some homework (we were pretty young so it wasn't much) and that was it. These days that isn't good enough. In theory we'd have a problem if we kept our son out for a long length of time unless he was actually sick.
 
2009-03-12 02:15:35 PM  

damageddude: These days that isn't good enough.


It started when states began paying the local school districts a certain about per day/per child. Every absence costs the school district money potential income. Great idea on paper, lousy idea when implemented.
 
2009-03-12 02:17:48 PM  
The school was considering giving the kid a failing "F" grade until they realized that he was on his way to a Holy C.
 
2009-03-12 02:23:02 PM  
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2009-03-12 02:23:22 PM  

Magorn: Well I Sympathize with the school. If they make an exception for him they'll havve to make an exception for EVERY terminally Ill Student with a Papal invite, and that'll lead to anarchy. Besides they have a "zero tolerance" policy when it comes to unexcused absences, so while they might like to make an exception in this case, they simply CAN'T otherwise it wouldn't be much of a policy now would it?


Either my sarcasm meter is broken or you're a douche...
 
2009-03-12 02:23:37 PM  
Zero Intelligence FTW!
 
2009-03-12 02:23:49 PM  
"We are aware of Travis' illness and have given permission for him to travel to Rome during term-time."

Well isn't that charitable of them.

A$$holes.
 
2009-03-12 02:23:55 PM  
Your sarcasm meeting is broken.
 
2009-03-12 02:24:00 PM  
How's that kid going to get into a decent middle school with that kind of attendance record on his transcript?

/Feels guilty just writing that.
//Hopes he gets better.
 
2009-03-12 02:24:46 PM  
Oh common sense, where have you fled to?
 
2009-03-12 02:25:07 PM  
I dunno... seems to me that all that happened is the parents requested some time off school (you have to request this?), and got a generic form letter including the kids attendance history and a pamphlet about missing school. It just doesn't seem like a big deal or anything to get all butthurt about.
 
2009-03-12 02:25:56 PM  

FitzShivering: Your sarcasm meeting is broken.


Guess I need an upgrade...

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2009-03-12 02:26:25 PM  
Will the boy perform "Whistle When You're Low"?
(there is no hope for him)
 
2009-03-12 02:26:27 PM  
sboyle1020
Magorn: Well I Sympathize with the school. If they make an exception for him they'll havve to make an exception for EVERY terminally Ill Student with a Papal invite, and that'll lead to anarchy. Besides they have a "zero tolerance" policy when it comes to unexcused absences, so while they might like to make an exception in this case, they simply CAN'T otherwise it wouldn't be much of a policy now would it?

Either my sarcasm meter is broken or you're a douche...

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It's broken.
 
2009-03-12 02:26:39 PM  

sboyle1020: Magorn: Well I Sympathize with the school. If they make an exception for him they'll havve to make an exception for EVERY terminally Ill Student with a Papal invite, and that'll lead to anarchy. Besides they have a "zero tolerance" policy when it comes to unexcused absences, so while they might like to make an exception in this case, they simply CAN'T otherwise it wouldn't be much of a policy now would it?

Either my sarcasm meter is broken or you're a douche...


Damn man, that post was so dripping with sarcasm it was like it was center stage at a sarcasm bukkake.
 
2009-03-12 02:26:59 PM  
You think they are upset about his attendance now, just wait till the terminal part of his illness kicks in.
 
2009-03-12 02:27:36 PM  
Gee, taking a young boy to the Vatican, even a sick boy, seems like trouble.
 
2009-03-12 02:27:40 PM  

katghoti: Oh common sense, where have you fled to?


And yet, 80% of the article is about the school acknowledging its own mistake, apologizing for it, and describing the practice that led to it being normally quite useful.

Non-story, just an administrative mix-up.
 
2009-03-12 02:27:55 PM  
And then they had the nerve to go and apologize and admit they were wrong. The outrage!
 
2009-03-12 02:28:20 PM  

firefly212: I dunno... seems to me that all that happened is the parents requested some time off school (you have to request this?), and got a generic form letter including the kids attendance history and a pamphlet about missing school. It just doesn't seem like a big deal or anything to get all butthurt about.


A sick snowflake, a school, and Roman Catholicism are involved. Screaming rabid butthurt guaranteed or your money back.
 
2009-03-12 02:29:21 PM  

sboyle1020: Either my sarcasm meter is broken or you're a douche...


Seriously broken.

You actually thought that this line: "If they make an exception for him they'll havve to make an exception for EVERY terminally Ill Student with a Papal invite, and that'll lead to anarchy." was serious?
 
2009-03-12 02:29:59 PM  

darkmayo: Damn man, that post was so dripping with sarcasm it was like it was center stage at a sarcasm bukkake.


I am so stealing that simile.
 
2009-03-12 02:30:01 PM  
Gotta love Big Government!
 
2009-03-12 02:30:07 PM  
Sounds like some office lady on auto-pilot when responding to the mother's request. The article says that anytime a formal request is made before hand to pull a child out of class for a period, the government mandates that this Truancy letter and their attendance record is sent along. Likely for the parent's to reflect if it's worth keeping their kid from class. Like those crazy moms that need Skippy to accompany them all the damn time as if their purse dog accessory. Or let some clueless parent see that their precious little snowflake had ditched school almost 30 times this semester alone.
 
2009-03-12 02:30:27 PM  

Random Guy: You think they are upset about his attendance now, just wait till the terminal part of his illness kicks in.


LOL

/Going to hell for that one
//Probably meeting most of you Farkers there
 
2009-03-12 02:30:59 PM  

darkmayo: Damn man, that post was so dripping with sarcasm it was like it was center stage at a sarcasm bukkake.


No kidding... that was more than a little obvious. Of course, I've decided that when I'm being sarcastic, I'm actually going to call it out to ward off the inevitable "Troll!" "ITG!" and other wharrgarbl responses. I guess that I'm just too mean when I'm trying to be snarky. Even playful emoticons don't seem to knock the flames down.
 
2009-03-12 02:32:22 PM  
In before the pope Palpatine pics
 
2009-03-12 02:33:09 PM  

sboyle1020: Magorn: Well I Sympathize with the school. If they make an exception for him they'll havve to make an exception for EVERY terminally Ill Student with a Papal invite, and that'll lead to anarchy. Besides they have a "zero tolerance" policy when it comes to unexcused absences, so while they might like to make an exception in this case, they simply CAN'T otherwise it wouldn't be much of a policy now would it?

Either my sarcasm meter is broken or you're a douche...


You meter's broken...and deadpan doesn't translate well to text
 
2009-03-12 02:33:09 PM  

Evil Ghandi: Random Guy: You think they are upset about his attendance now, just wait till the terminal part of his illness kicks in.

LOL

/Going to hell for that one
//Probably meeting most of you Farkers there


See ya there!
 
2009-03-12 02:33:13 PM  
DslainteC: The school was considering giving the kid a failing "F" grade until they realized that he was on his way to a Holy C.

I can't remember the last time I laughed so hard. Well done!
 
2009-03-12 02:33:40 PM  
"If your dead son continues to be absent from school, we shall have to suspend him for the balance of the year."
 
2009-03-12 02:34:09 PM  
No Problem. He just needs to hand in a signed note from his doctor or the Pontificate.

"Please excuse Billy for his absence last week --he has cancer.

Thanks,

-The Pope"
 
2009-03-12 02:34:27 PM  
Boy is that kids teacher going to be pissed if the Pope gets to bang him first.
 
2009-03-12 02:34:39 PM  
Great. Of course,
non-issue because the kid
is Christian. But if a muslim asked a school to
let them visit their holy
land, the school would be too happy to
oblige. Unbelievable how
readily we abandon our Christian
traditions in this country in the name of Political Correctness.
 
2009-03-12 02:34:42 PM  

KatjaMouse: Sounds like some office lady on auto-pilot when responding to the mother's request.


Yep, and the obvious thing for the parent to do in this situation is alert the media rather than making a phone call and dealing with it privately.
 
2009-03-12 02:35:14 PM  
I think the school should ban the trip for the student altogether until the student can arrange for EVERYONE to go.

/it's only fair.
 
2009-03-12 02:35:36 PM  

I Said: Unbelievable how
readily we abandon our Christian
traditions in this country


which country would that be? RTFA.
 
2009-03-12 02:36:02 PM  
well, if they had just tatooed "TERMINAL" on the kids forehead, the faculty would have known not to make such an error in judegement.

I think all this preferential treatment is absurd. so what, you got cancer. poor baby. want a violin? no? then GET UR BUTT BACK TO CLASS!

/i'm horrible. i wish colon polyps on myself.
 
2009-03-12 02:37:47 PM  
Let me know if his condition changes.

How is he?

He's dead.
 
2009-03-12 02:38:37 PM  

Sgt. Pepper: No Problem. He just needs to hand in a signed note from his doctor or the Pontificate.

"Please excuse Billy for his absence last week --he has cancer.

Thanks,

-The Pope"


That would actually be brilliant, especially since he goes to a "St. whatever" school.
 
2009-03-12 02:38:45 PM  

PJ_the_Barbarian: I Said: Unbelievable how
readily we abandon our Christian
traditions in this country

which country would that be? RTFA.


Can't. Busy
at work. But please
understand that, as someone who's seen
God removed from every corner
here in the states, it isn't
too
outlandish to think this
nonsense took place in the US. It happens
everywhere.
 
2009-03-12 02:41:30 PM  
did you bring enough for EVERONE!!!
 
2009-03-12 02:41:53 PM  
I'm sure the school was just trying to protect the boy from getting gang raped by the pope and his minions. Send a helpless, six year old boy with Leukemia into a lion's den like that? Good for the school.
 
2009-03-12 02:43:41 PM  
damageddude When I was a child, all my parents had to was write a note saying they knew I was going to be out/was out of school for it to be an excused absence.

When I was a child, I caught a fleeting glimpse out of the corner of my eye.
 
2009-03-12 02:44:19 PM  
And just how did the BBC get involved in this? In the middle of losing your kid to death, you decide to call up the media and whine about someone's insensitivity? I would understand crying and screaming, raging against God, begging doctors, threatening a lawsuit over bad vaccine, anything but calling up the media to whine over clerical crap. Man, I got to get some decaf. I'm starting to sound like some of the Farkers I really hate.
 
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