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BOTD 4/1/15 "April Fools" A Late Chat Production

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David M. Katz

A Late Chat Production

Yesterday, your thirteen year old twin sons, Neil and Newt, skipped school.  The boys have gotten away with it.  There was a computer glitch at the school and their absences went undetected and unreported. They presented forged excuse notes at school this morning supposedly signed by you saying that they both had been sick the day before. The notes were accepted without question.

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Today is April 1st (April Fool's Day) and you and your SO want to play a joke on your sons.  You decide when they get home from school today that you will tell them that their principal called and that they are in trouble.  You plan to let them squirm for a bit then let them in on the joke.

Neil and Newt come in from school and you do as planned and tell them you got a call from the principal and that they are in serious trouble.

Both boys look shocked and their jaws drop.  Newt looks at Neil and says, "I told you we'd get busted."

The boys then confess to the skipping and forgery hoping that they can soften things by coming forth with the truth.

What do you do?

Cleverly disguised as a responsible adult.

John Boy

I will thank them for their honesty and let them talk me down from a deluxe to a regular with the belt.


I really don't know why people think this kind of 'joke' is funny.

I really hate that this came out this way, but I don't think I can let it pass. They may have gotten away with it from luck, but that doesn't make it right. On the other hand, I can't help but see what I did as bullying behavior. The boys are going to be punished, but it won't be the switching they would usually have earned, and they're going to have a lot of input into what will happen.

"In the end, it's just a story. But if you ask me, it's all true."


See no evil, HEAR NO EVIL, Speak no evil!

The boys get a pass!


Stone Man

Question: How can you spank such cute boys?

Answer: One at a time!

I don't know about this. I hadn't considered it bullying. Probably a personal thing, as if my parents had done such a thing I might have stammered whilst wondering what this could be about. But since I was mostly well enough behaved there wouldn't have been anything pending at school and I'd have know it.

I'm thinking that this is where the Rents are coming from and not from trying to trip the boys up and catch them at doing something wrong.

Guess its time for a sit-down and to talk this through with the boys. I'm less bothered with the skipping part and more bothered by the forgery of the excuse note. I don't know how this will go, but I don't see letting the boys off scot-free.


They presented forged excuse notes at school this morning supposedly signed by you ...

Sorry, but this is a serious matter. Forgery, and in my name. I'm glad they 'fessed, and it will mitigate their sentence, but it's going to be unpleasant. The "joke" is that maybe they fooled the school, but they didn't fool me, and they should figure on that.


I agree with Jack.


Ditto kier

Hugs kal


Is there still room in Jack's boat?
I'd really like to join there.

As a kid April 1st was always a day of horror for me.
Like blindfolded I stepped into every trap layed out in the area an made myself the laughing stock for days to come.
Whenever I tried to set someone else up I was unable to wipe that grin out of my face and so it was me again who got "busted".


I see the joke as vacuous and ill conceived but not bullying.  Otherwise I agree with Jack.


I always thought April Fool tricks were only permissible until noon?

And if their absence were unrecorded and unreported surely they blew themselves out when the presented the forged sickness notes?

Ignoring that, as I only found out about their activities by a trick of my own I don't consider I can do more than give them the mother and father of a chewing out. I'm sure when I've finished and they've completed half a dozen laps round the block, we'll never have this situation again.


Well that didn't go as planned!

Its a bit of entrapment looked at one way. I think I will leave the school out of it though in honesty they have a right to know about it. The boys will be given a shot sharp paddling and extra chores, the strength of the punishment reduced by their free and full confessions


Editor Extraordinaire
I'm with Ivor. My joke was beyond inappropriate.


David M. Katz

I am going to camp in ivor's tent as well.

Cleverly disguised as a responsible adult.

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