Far Out Friday: Would you believe this forged note?

by Robert Ballantyne06 May 2016

When a forged note fools a teacher, you expect it to be a convincing one – but this occasion shows how some teachers can be more gullible than others.

Seven-year-old student, Rosabella Dahu of Sheldon Elementary in Harris County, Texas was, just like every other school day, supposed to go to after-school care.

However, on the afternoon of May 2, she decided she had other plans.

In what looks like a hastily scribbled (and terribly misspelled) note, Rosabella Dahu tried convincing her teacher that she had been excused from school by one of her parents.





However, despite the fact ‘bus’ was spelled with a ‘d’, she wrote ‘too’ instead of ‘to’, and the handwriting is quite obviously that of a very young child – the letter worked.

Knowing she was in the clear, the bold little girl hopped on her bus home, but it wasn’t until she reached her front door that she realised her parents weren’t home.

Needing to go to the toilet, she ran over to her neighbours’ house – and it was only then – when they called her father to tell him that his daughter was waiting outside their home by herself – that her scheme was exposed.

“She came to ask my wife to use the restroom and that’s when I figured there was something wrong,” Rosabella’s neighbour, Rolando Lozano, told ABC News.

Needless to say, the little girl’s father went into a tailspin.

“I was shaking, I was scared, I was just glad to see her in good health and that nothing happened to her,” he said.

As expected, he was also scratching his head as to how the teacher could have possibly been fooled by the (clearly forged) note.

“You can clearly see she did not even spell the word bus right,” Dahu said.

Following the incident, the school released the following statement:

“Sheldon ISD is currently investigating the situation. We are reviewing our training procedures to ensure that our after-school grant program staff is properly trained in dismissal procedures,” read the statement.

“As we move forward, the district is working to make sure that all of our after-school grant staff receives the same training as district employees. At this point, the district is continuing to investigate and will take proper disciplinary action. As always, student safety is our top priority.”

 

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