I was 12 when something like this happened Brat would have been six I think. First off I did know that five tardies equaled a 45 min Administrative detention. Second the teacher never made a big commotion over attendance. I would have had to hear the tardy bell or been super late to really notice I was late. During my last class of the day they made announcements, and called me down to the office. I got called down for all sorts of things,IE change of ride plans, or something I forgot that was brought. I was completely blindsided on the detention.For the record whenever someone got called to the office the whole class would OOOHH.
I went back and got a second round of that. Next I sat there looking at that slip and the dates it said and trying to remember how I could have been late that many times. Also for the record this is per Grading Quarter. Bell rings for study hall and I go and study that dang note some more. Part way through study hall that little promise from when I started Kindergarten popped into my head. I started to cry a little of the unknown (how would my parents react and what is or else). My study hall teacher (Also home room AKA the one who marked me as tardy) could see I was upset and let me play a game of connect four against her, I won (I think she let me win) As soon as I get in the car I let Mom know about the detention and mention it is for Tardies. She doesn't make a big deal out of it and Brat doesn't hear the conversation and doesn't comment.I stay in my room on my own choice until Dad comes home. I give him the detention notice and he goes "Administrative Detention Notice!" he had his voice raised and I did burst into to tears and ran back to my room. Mom did explain to him first I told them right away and second There was more to the tardies then what was on the paper. I didn't get in trouble at home though.