Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them

We were 45 minutes into 1st period when the boy arrived. The instructional aide asked for his pass. I went back to monitoring the rest of the special ed math class. But when the aide hit the ceiling, I turned my attention back to the late-arriving boy.

He had a pass, but he couldn't find it. He was digging through his backpack. He explained that he had been making up a test with Mr. M. No, Mr. Claus. No, Ms. L. And no, he didn't have a pass even though he dug through his backpack as if one existed.

The aide called Ms. L. Sure enough, the boy had made up a test with her. And she let him out 15 minutes before the beginning of the period.

What had he been doing for an hour? Looking for a restroom, he said.

One: there's a boy's restroom next door to this classroom. We can hear the flushing from the classroom. Two: it was very hot. Sure, it was early, but it was already not pleasant outside. Why would someone roam around outside in that?

The aide was angry. The boy ended up with lunch detention, for starters.

The 4th period class was very small. The three boys all arrived just as the bell rang. One of them asked to use the restroom. Fine.

Ten minutes later, another boy mentioned that the first boy had been gone too long. Could he check on the first boy? Upon his return, he told us that the first boy wasn't in the restroom.

The boy arrived shortly after this. Shoving a bag of chips in his pocket.

The aide asked where he had been. He lied and said the restroom. When he discovered that lie was caught, he said he went to get some water. And someone nearby just happened to be selling chips.

Um, right.

The boy then went into his pocket...

Uh, no. I informed him right then and there that if he went anywhere near those chips, he'd lose them. (I was sorely tempted to toss them anyway.)

Later in the period he asked for another restroom pass. A water pass. What, did he think I'd fall for that? Again?

Then he asked if he could eat his chips.

He ended up with lunch detention, too.

21 comments:

  1. Where was he going? Where did he get the chips?

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    1. Likely, the vending machine. It's not far, but if he had asked to go and buy chips...

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  2. Lots of questions to be asked about/to the young man!

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    1. His lies were so transparent that we didn't really need to question him all that deeply.

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  3. Oh my. They'll do anything to get out of a class, eh?

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  4. Man, I can't believe the crap these kids try! None of their shenanigans would've been tolerated for a second back in my day!

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  5. My son is 15 and I am constantly amazed at his ability to justify almost anything. He can run out to the car and end up down the street at a neighbors and is baffled when I am red-faced panicked when I can't find him. At least he doesn't lie about where he's been. But oh my goodness, it makes me nuts!

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    1. I know! At that age, they have an answer for everything.

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  6. Someone should tell him to stop digging when he sees how deep in the hole he is, because he obviously hasn't figured that out yet.

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  7. Sometimes I don't know how you hold your tongue. You're a saint.

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    1. Saint? *snort* Nah. As it happens all I can think is, "This would make a great blog post".

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  8. And they really think that you believe their lies? They must think you were born yesterday :)

    betty

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  9. Haha! Sounds like this kid was hungry!

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  10. They are full of it! One of my sons was always feeding me a load of rubbish when he was younger and I always found him out. Audacity!

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  11. It will come full circle when they have their own children. That’s how come we can see through their lies. We’ve all been there.

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  12. Our Miss 5 is a classic, she just can't help herself - she sees an inch and takes a mile. Last year they had a substitute teacher for the day and Miss 5 and another child asked to go to the bathroom. When they didn't come back, the sub teacher sent two other kids to find them. When THOSE kids didn't come back she sent another two, who came back and reported that Miss 5 had launched a waterfight and they were all having a great time and no thanks, they didn't want to come back. Little monkey!

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    1. Yikes. That's why I never let two go to the restroom at the same time.

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