A DMK Recurring Character Production
Your son, Marcus, is fourteen. His best friend, Brooks, is thirteen. The boys have been friends for years. Brooks is staying with you and your family for two weeks as his parents had an emergency out of town. Brooks parents have punishment permission, including spanking, for Marcus and you have the same for Brooks.
Marcus had a check-up at the doctor Monday morning - all is well. Marcus asked for a "doctor's note" since he would be late arriving at school. The nurse took out a large pad of pre-printed school notes and filled in the name and dates and times and signed the form and gave it to Marcus. She got called away quickly and left the entire pad of notes sitting on the counter. Marcus saw an opportunity and placed the pad in his pocket and left.
He showed his pad of notes to Brooks and the boys were in business. Brooks and Marcus put the word on the grapevine. They were offering "real excuse notes" for five dollars a piece to any student who had skipped school, come in tardy or wanted to leave early. They made twenty dollars the first day. The student would skip and come see Brooks or Marcus. Brooks or Marcus would fill in the appropriate blanks with the needed dates and times and names and then forge the signature. In two days the business was booming and school attendance was being affected. The attendance officer at the school started studying the notes and realized they were all from the same doctor. The attendance officer called the doctor in question. The officer was told that most of the names they were given were not even patients in the office. Students were questioned and Brooks and Marcus were quickly implicated. Students giving the false notes were all given the choice of two licks or two days suspension. Some took licks and some took suspension but all had to deal with unhappy parents.
Brooks and Marcus are called in and they come clean on the scheme. They made almost $200 by selling excuses. The principal requires them to return the money. Brooks and Marcus are each given 4 licks (The school's max) and are suspended five days pending a review by the Board of Education. The Board could opt to expel both boys. The boys could also face theft and forgery charges if the doctor decides to push the matter.
Brooks and Marcus are in deep and they are very scared.
You are called to the school to collect your son and his friend. (Brooks' parents did file proper authorizations with the school for you to be responsible for Brooks.)
What happens now?