Let me preface this by saying I love my children- and I am thankful to be blessed with them in my life, my care, and am glad that the powers that be think I can handle the job... Okay 'nuff about that. I discovered that my brilliant son, age 15 and 3/4 years old, has missed 35 days of school this semester- and has straight E's. This is the same child that I wake up for school every day- even on days I don't have to work, and I drive him to school every single day and I give him $5 dollars a day for lunch. A child who has proven that he can be a straight A student. I had to have a meeting with the vice principal and the counselor and the athletic director, son included- and his reason for skipping almost every single day since September? "I don't know". Where has he been when he skips? Home. My husband and I both work days. I drop him off, he walked into the school, walked out the other door. He then walked home every single day. He has to repeat every class. In order to graduate on time, he will need to pick up one more class somewhere in addition to his regular classes. The obvious option will be homeschooling for that one class because summer school is over 300 dollars per class. He won't be home schooled by me. I cant even get him to go to school, much less home school him. I will pay my coworker, who is also a substitute teacher, to home school him. Needless to say, he will not be attending drivers training. I threatened to take a family medical leave from my work and walk him to each class and sit outside the classroom door every single day for next semester. He has been watched very carefully to see that he attends his classes every day this week- and today, when it is negative seven degrees, are the semester finals. Today and tomorrow. So, the child tells me- "I don't see the point in me going to school today. Its stupid, there is no point- I'm not going." I told him the final exam will be PRACTICE for him so he will know what to expect when he REPEATS the class next semester. I tell him, "the point is- you will go to school for two days, then you have three days off. Better than working in the real world. I have ONE day off. The point is, people who quit school do not live under my roof. AND it is too cold outside for him to be homeless. The point is, 'I said SO.' He threw a full blown teenage tantrum; yelling, door slamming, throwing objects in his room tantrum...and then put on shorts. I don't care if he wears shorts. Dumb kid- if they have a fire drill or he tries to skip, his legs will freeze and he will suffer. I won't suffer. So, I took him to school- and the last words he said to me? "This is stupid- there is no point." And he slammed the van door.