Zeke has been an interesting case, since he moved in with you about 18 months ago. Despite the fact that he's 19 years old, he wasn't raised to think of over eighteen as being an automatic adult. He also was raised without much education or a lot of socialization. He's a good kid, and you've been happy to see him relax and enjoy being (able to act like) a kid? However, he's also dealt with some anger and anxiety issues over time.
When Zeke moved in with you, you, he, and the judge all understood that he wasn't able to function as an adult, so an order was signed that declares him incompetent, and declares you as his ward, until two of the three of you agree he's ready to go out into the world. In other words, despite his age, Zeke agreed he should be treated as a kid, which has resulted in him receiving corporal punishment from you - both bending over for the paddle, and less mature, over the lap spankings.
Zeke attends a local, private school, which is able to bend procedure to better meet his needs. While it's not a big place, Zeke found it to be a challenge for him, especially early on. His lack of knowledge made him incredibly uncomfortable at times, and he sometimes had what would basically be considered severe social anxiety - nearly panic attacks. To deal with that, Zeke was given permission to leave class and even school when needed, and a procedure to follow when he had to.
Zeke hasn't used that since last spring, and you didn't expect he'd use it any longer, though you didn't specifically tell him he couldn't.
Today, you received a call from the school that Zeke hadn't met with his GED tutor. You headed for the school, but received another call before arriving, that Zeke had been found sitting in the athletic field bleachers (it was a beautiful day).
Zeke apologizes that he forgot to follow procedure and let anyone know. He had just been thinking about something, and it was bothering him a lot, and he felt like he needed to relax a bit, before he went to class. He figured that was close enough it would be okay.
Was it close enough? Should he have to accept punishment for skipping class? Or maybe a lesser punishment for just not checking out first? Does what he was thinking about matter at all?