Students have offered a wide variety of excuses for school absence at every age range, including sickness, death of a relative and forgetfulness. Although rare, some creative excuses have been legitimate.
While personal or family illness and computer crashes are common excuses for skipping school, there are other reasons that are more creative. College students have blamed their absence on a relationship issue with their roommate, fights breaking out in dormitories and simply forgetting to come to class. A professor at Brigham Young University received a call from a student's husband who said his wife missed her exam because he feared she might get carpal tunnel due to the length of the test. However, some creative excuses are often real, such as the one from Tyler Sullivan, a fifth-grade student who skipped class to attend a visit from the President of the United States.