Teachers Reveal The Weirdest Excuses That Somehow Turned Out To Be True

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Vote up the excuses you would never believe if you heard them from a student.

Sometimes the unexplained happens. If you're a teacher, then the odds are that you probably think you've heard every student excuse in the book. But sometimes the most outlandish excuses turn out to be true. The only thing more bizarre than some of these crazy excuses by students is that all of them actually turned out to be true. From pets who actually did destroy homework to wild stories that turned out to be legit, the teachers of Reddit share the wildest sounding stories that they were actually able to verify.

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  • 1
    421 VOTES

    One Kid Missed A Day To Visit The Hypnotist

    From Redditor /u/ostrich9:

    "I didn't come to school because I was in Mexico at my hypnotist."

    Yeah didn't think one would take a day trip to Mexico for a hypnotist and be back the next day but that was in fact what had happened."

    421 votes
  • 2
    413 VOTES

    The Government Stole A Kid's Homework

    From Redditor /u/shakeelraja:

    That their homework had been confiscated by Colonel Gadaffi's police. Turns out the kid's father worked for a Libyan bank, and the homework was about aerosols. Kid had gone to visit him during the summer break, and it was taken by the border guards.

    413 votes
  • 3
    271 VOTES

    One Student's Router Melted

    From Redditor /u/gore_schach:

    As a graduate TA for undergrad students I was teaching an online course and all assignments had to be submitted by midnight. A student emailed me (this is important) and said her internet was down and she couldn't submit the paper. As in logged into her email on the internet to email me that her internet was down.

    The way the class was run, if she didn't submit the paper by midnight she got a 0 for the assignment.

    I replied to her email (remember - her internet is down) that if she brought me a hard copy of the paper she could still get her grade. She shows up at my apartment 10 minutes later (I hosted study groups in the community room) with her hard copy paper and a half-melted internet router. She had emailed me from her smart phone that she had for her internship (this was early in the smart phone surge and few people had them).

    271 votes
  • 4
    322 VOTES

    A Kid's Cousin Took His Homework On Vacation

    From Redditor /u/Kenesaw_Mt_Landis:

    "My cousin took my homework on vacation to Venezuela"

    322 votes
  • 5
    336 VOTES

    A Kid Missed Class Because Of A Murder

    From Redditor /u/spsprd:

    I've had a few.

    I'll be two weeks late for class because I'll be in Beijing at the Olympics.

    My father was murdered.

    I was deported last night.

    336 votes
  • 6
    304 VOTES

    He Had To Visit His Famous Family

    From Redditor /u/SalemScout:

    I had a student who told me he was going to miss one of the exams because he was visiting a famous rapper in Florida with his family.

    He told me that the rapper, who at the time was a relatively big deal, all over the radio, was his cousin and his family was flying out for a show and he couldn't skip it.

    I mean, I would have let him make up the exam anyway, I don't really care as long as he takes it. But all his peers and I were kind of like "Yeah, right...okay, whatever you say man."

    He was telling the truth. When he got back from Florida, said famous rapper skyped into our poetry class and chatted with my students about poetry and lyrics and such. It was actually really cool.

    304 votes