I'm compiling a list of ridiculous excuses that have been given to teachers from students or parents, could be for anything i.e. lateness, no homework, bullying... you get the point. If I get enough good ones I might turn them into a book. Please give any relevant details. The best I've had so far was from a year 10 who walked into the classroom and without even being asked said "Sorry I'm late sir, I had to kidnap someone and it took the ****"