Faking The Note From The Doctor

It seemed legit – a note on letterhead from a dentist explaining a student’s absence as a result of a tooth extraction. Just one problem, the student’s face showed no signs of major dental work. A puffy cheek and a little drool would have done the trick, but that was not the case. Normally, I’d have let it go, but the student in question was chewing gum when they handed me the note.

I considered asking the student to open her mouth so I could get a peek at her stitches, but I didn’t want to single her out, especially given the assumed stress of her recent oral surgery. To be fair to the student, I’d have to ask the entire class to open their mouths and since I don’t teach chorus, my options were limited.

Instead, I returned to my office and called the dentist. Sure enough, the student hadn’t had dental work in over two years.  Bottom line – a forged doctor’s note is good, in fact, this particular doctor’s note was very believable. However, I strongly recommend physical evidence to seal the deal.

Therefore, I’m please to submit physical evidence (see photo below) of my recnt fall on a patch of ice. I’m hoping my students will find this evidence sufficient to substantiate my up-coming missed weeks of class!


When I’m done with the boot and the crutches, they’ll be available on Craigslist under “Medical Supplies to Supplement Student Excuses”