This is a question the office lady at my kid's school asks each and every child or parent/child who comes to school late and needs a tardy slip.
"And why are you late today?"
It totally irks me.
First of all, if's none of the school's business why we're late. None. At. All. I cannot think of one single solitary reason why the school or this lady would think for one moment that they have the right to ask me this question.
Today a kid was dropped of by their parent and had to walk into the office by themselves. The lady asked the offending question and the kid had no idea what to say. "I don't know." was all he could come up with.
"You don't know?"
"You do know, or you don't?"
"Um....no. I don't know."
The whole time I had to stand there and wait while this conversation prevented me from getting my kid to class. She wasted the kid's time AND my time and for what exactly?
Second, who in the world is going to tell the truth? I mean, yes, once in a while tardiness can be explained by something inoccuous like "I got a flat tire." or "My dog got out." but what if someone had diarrhea? What if their husband was yelling at them or what if they couldn't afford gas for their car and so they had to walk? It is laughable if they don't realize that 90 percent of the answers they get are lies and half truths. I'm not going to tell some lady I don't know in front of the principal and whoever else happens to be standing around that I could NOT for the life of me find a single solitary hairbrush and refused to send my daughter to class with one giant dreadlock on the back of her head. I'm just NOT sharing that information with these people I don't even know.
I can partly understand asking a kid who walks or bikes to school unsupervised, but still, if it's something other than "my bike broke." or "I fell in a ditch." the kid is not going to share with the front desk attenance nazi.
Also, it sure looks like my answers are being written down in that computer of hers. Who is looking at them, and why? Are they keeping track in case I turn out to be a neglectful parent that has to have the courts fine me for my kid being late too often? Because I can't see how a list of false and/or vague excuses is going to be usefull in a court of law.
Know what I said this morning? "We left the house late." Yep. We were late because we were late. Apparently that answer was fine with her?
Does your school do this? Does anyone have a clue why?