Just how hard is skipping school?
The famous “Senior Skip Day” has turned into a little more than just a day. In the past, skipping was seen as “sketchy,” or an act performed by low-achieving students.
However, it has become more common among ARHS students in their final trimester and some of their younger friends.
Skippers I spoke to were typically juniors or seniors with cars. One senior confirmed that having a car makes skipping “much simpler.” Ironically, she said she often leaves school to go to a library to “get work done.”
“Skipping lets me breathe a little easier,” she said, “I mean I can’t be confined in one building for eight hours a day.” Before she had access to a public library with her car, she skipped classes to stay in the computer lab to work.
When not working on assignments, she occasionally goes home to sleep. “School can be really draining,” she admitted. “I just need to get away from it sometimes.”
Occasionally, skipping is a little less justified, and a lot more fun, many said. Posting pictures on Snapchat of the school from an outside view is common, usually captioned with the words “finally free” or “out.” Some students admitted to using fake medical notes in order to be excused from class and then going out to eat.
“I just like posting it because, I made it. Sucks for you,” said one skipper.
Although it’s fun, skipping comes with the risk of getting caught.
“I was caught with another boy skipping, and a teacher failed me in study hall, had me serve a detention, and not sign any more passes,” said one.
The student was confronted on another occasion because she was lurking by a side door. A teacher in a classroom nearby asked if she was trying to get cell service. “He gave me a chance to get out of it [by offering that excuse],” she said.
Senioritis was definitely to blame for a great deal of skipping. “Honestly, this week I’ve skipped every day so far for at least some of it,” said one skipper.
Peer pressure also plays a role in skipping. A student admitted, “I like to take my friends shopping and stuff… I beg them [to skip with me],” she said.
Another agreed, noting that skipping “alone” makes her “feel like a loser.” She always plans her skipping, penning fake parent and medical excuses, usually without getting caught.
Further planning involves leaving school for classes she dislikes. “I’m only here for classes I like,” she said.
During extreme cases, she’s been caught by her mother. She once went tanning during school hours without her mom’s knowledge and was caught and called home. “That was the scariest moment of my life,” she recounted. Another time, her mother’s friend saw her out getting a manicure.
Students who almost never cut class as sophomores or juniors admitted that skipping once they were admitted to college and primed to graduate felt like a powerful rebellion.
“I’m good at [skipping]. And I have fun. [I like knowing others are] struggling and dying and I’m just having the time of my life at Starbuck’s or Friendly’s, or going tanning or shopping,” one said.
One student commented that she abused her parents’ and her guidance counselor’s trust, convincing them that she was struggling emotionally in the building, which led to her earning credit for many of her junior year classes. “I told them I was having a hard time with school,” she said.
Although the year is winding down to a close, many students may try to skip school as classes wind down and the sun continues to shine.
Whether it’s to do work or to have fun, the most important piece of advice skippers have offered was: “Don’t get caught.”