Writer Seann Walsh was going through some old papers when he came across a letter his dad faxed (yes, faxed) to his school after he got in trouble one day for violating the dress code. It has people screaming:
Sean tells me you have confiscated his sweater. He tells me that in class he conforms to the school uniform. He was absent from school on Monday because he had a cold, so travelling on Wednesday without his sweater was not too clever.
He told me that the jacket he wears normally is acceptable, but it was stained, therefore he could not wear it. His mother was in Cyprus last week on a break and I, unfortunately, was not able to use the washing machine. Sean was too embarrassed at having a father who cannot use a washing machine to say this.
Anyway my point is: Isn't this just a little bit petty? life's hard enough.
Everyone is applauding Walsh's pop for telling it like it is:
This is all kinds of amazing. Including the use of FAX (!!) or a fax word template 👏🏻— Chelle (@chelle_83) April 17, 2018
What a great dad... in spite of his laundry ineptitude.— Vickie Austin (@Vickie_Austin) April 17, 2018
And also letting both Walshes know that schools are still petty most of the time by sharing their own stories of annoying interactions with the administration:
Pink themed day for cancer research... My son sprayed his hair pink (wash out spray)... They sent him home 😂😂😂— Donna Turvey (@dt1979) April 17, 2018
Not so very long ago I sent an email to my girls school saying 'Dear Mrs Storey. Is it too much to ask for both of my girls to make it through the first week of term without you sending at least one of them home, crying'?— LB (@Scousebird) April 18, 2018
She mentioned that note until they left!
When I was in middle school. I was sent to the office for having a small hole in the knee of my pants. When I got to the office my brother was sitting there as well. I asked him why you here, and he said cause I have a hole in my pants, you? I pointed to my pants. The school (1)— rWo (@Brick_Rhodes) April 18, 2018
Called my dad and told him our clothes were unacceptable and that he needed to either bring us pants or take us home. When my dad showed up, he had two pairs of pants in his hand, and we could tell he was very angry. I looked at my brother and told him “we’re dead.” My dad... (2)— rWo (@Brick_Rhodes) April 18, 2018
Looked at our pants, and then looked at our principal, gave us the pants and said “hold these, we’ll be done in a second.” He sent us out of the office and shut the door. Next thing we know we here a huge thud, and my dad walks out and said let’s go get some food, and when... (4)— rWo (@Brick_Rhodes) April 18, 2018
We looked back the principal was picking up his stuff from his desk. My dad said don’t worry about that.... best day ever lmao (4)— rWo (@Brick_Rhodes) April 18, 2018
1/ Reasons I'm glad my children graduated--I got calls for:— Niki Cook (@CanIRunAwayNow) April 18, 2018
Making shadow puppets w the projector
Holding sweater out like a cape
Not having feet all of the way in shoes (tip toeing to give feet a break, but shoes were still on!)
Asking to go to the bathroom
Way, way back, in sub freezing weather girls were still required to wear only dresses to school; I wore pants & they called my parents. My dad picked me up, laughed and took me out for donuts & coffee.— Dktr Süs (@Dktr_Sus) April 18, 2018
Frickin' New England schools - never went back.
Catholic HS, Bronx NY circa 1969. Our uniforms required skirts.— bells (@bells110) April 18, 2018
Day 1: bad blizzard & several girls got demerits for wearing pants.
Day 2: the ENTIRE CLASS wore pants to school (changed when we got there)
Day 3: NEW RULE! Pants OK in winter!
Hi @seannwalsh! I agree with your dad. #LifeIsHardEnough. Look at the report we got from my son's #PreK. He is a 2-year-old half-Asian kid and as a such, he takes his shoes off when he is at home. Her teacher got irritated when he did the same at #PreK. pic.twitter.com/oVvyaBA0Hx— CGQ.MD (@cgq_md) April 18, 2018
My ex's grandfather went to school smelling like the farm from milking cows before class every morning. The teacher finally sent him home with a note saying he smelled too bad to teach. His father sent him back w/ a note saying "you're paid to teach the kids, not smell them".— Real Neil Martin (@ndmartinxyz) April 18, 2018
Yes...way too much pettiness.. My second grade teacher sent a note home to my mother...she had me deliver it..— MÏÇH€£€ (@miremi) April 18, 2018
She wanted to inform my own Mother that she spelled my name incorrectly and it should be Michelle, not Michele.
At the age of 6, I was made to walk home by myself (1 mile), change my clothes, and walk back. My offense: my Mother, on a hot June day, sent me to school in a sleeveless dress which was forbidden because a sleeveless dress is, obviously, indecent in front of 6 year old boys. 😱— Mary (@angry_gram) April 18, 2018
But, also, here's a good question:
Maybe Mr. Walsh the Elder got sent home before Home Ec class?