There are few things a parent dreads more than getting a call from their children's school in the middle of the day.
As the news that greets them on the other end of the phone is seldom good.
More often than not, their child has gotten themself into fairly serious trouble, owing to a prank gone wrong, or possibly an act of horrific bullying.
Or worse, their child has suffered a serious injury and needs immediate medical attention.
On rare occasions, however, the reason they receive a call from their child's teacher or principal might not be all bad.
If they're still not greeted with what can be considered good news, the reason behind the call might result in a chuckle, if not an outright belly laugh.
Redditor Background_Humor7271 invited parents to share the most hilarious reasons they were called to pick their child up early from school, leading them to ask:
"Parents of reddit what's the funniest reason you've been called to pick your child up from school?"
Is that supposed to happen?
"Not school but daycare, he tried to force a fart to make a girl laugh and sh*t his pants."- Muh2021accountfart GIFGiphy
Where Did That Come From?!?
"Bloody nose, possible concussion and enough blood from the cut on his head that they had to close the bathroom."
"Why you ask?"
"He was running to the bathroom already and his crush came into view."
"So he kept on running while he stared behind him."
"When he finally turned to see where he was going."
"'There was a wall there suddenly'."- nicolasknight
One Dedicated Prankster...
"It’s not funny til the end, but my daughter was in pre-k at the time."
"They had a nap time but one day she wouldn’t wake up."
"The teachers were making jokes and trying to get her to wake up."
"After a while they panicked and ran her to the nurse."
"She was breathing just not waking up."
"They then called 911 who came and they did the salt stick and she wasn’t responding."
"Then she just woke up."
"They were so confused on what had happened that they brought her to the hospital to run some tests."
"They found nothing."
"She later told me she was in a deep sleep but woke up and just kept faking it."
"This girl took the salt stick 3 times and didn’t react."
"This child."- One_Mirror8458Wake Up Holiday GIF by Dunkin’Giphy
More Likely Than You'd Expect!
"Got bit by a gopher."
"You cant make this up."- wentzr1976
How Tall Was That Play Set?!?!
"When my oldest son was in daycare, I got a call that he was on the roof."
'He climbed the play set and somehow got onto the roof of the building."
"The guy that ran the daycare was a new owner that my son simply did not like."
"The guy called me to tell me he was on the roof and would not come down."
"I had to leave work and go convince him to come down."- MaggieMews
It Was Self-Defense I Tell You!
"I was the kid in a funny situation."
"I was always a bit of a playground avenger, so I would bully the bullies."
"After I was the one targeted the school once called my parents, the conversation went like this:"
"'So... A group of boys tried to bully your daughter by calling her names-'"
"'Oh no, is she okay?'"
"'Well, yea, we're actually calling you because she just hit all of the boys with her lunchbox until they stopped'."
"My parents proudly tell this story to this day lol."- SultanaShalhoubEpisode 19 Fighting GIF by The SimpsonsGiphy
Can't Say It Didn't Work...
"One time my grandma had to come pick me up because I decided that for April fools day, I'd take a bunch of ketchup packs, fold them in half and place them under the nubs of all the toilet seats so they would explode all over the back of your legs when you sit down."
"I recall walking into the principals office, and he was laughing his a** off.'
"I still got suspended for a week."- Youpunyhumans
Um... Could You Repeat That?...
"My parents got called because when I was 11 we had a visiting priest open the floor to questions at school."
"The subjects discussed included marriage."
"I stuck up my hand and asked 'If my parents get divorced, are they still brother and sister?'"
"What was REALLY hilarious is that my parents forced both the principal and the priest to apologize afterwards."
"My parents are brother and sister in-laws as well as married."
"They actually met at the wedding of my father's brother to my mother's sister."
"Neither the principal nor the priest let me expand on the question and refused to let me talk further until my parents showed up."
"My father did afterwards lecture me on 'lying by omission', but he was laughing too much through it for me to take it seriously."
"I never got invited to another lecture from the clergy until I graduated from high school."- rtangwaipriest GIFGiphy
"Mother had to pick me up after I went to school dressed as nacho libre in his fancy clothes and ripped the pants reenacting the butt flex scene in front of my main class." - huffcox
"Oldest kid was eating the teacher’s granola bars off her desk for a couple of weeks before she figured out who was taking them. He thought they were snacks for everybody lol. Youngest was put in the corner for whatever reason and the teacher caught her licking the wall. She’s still a freakin weirdo." - tbama11
"He walked into a wall. When asked by the nurse why he did that, his answer was, 'no one told me not to.' The nurse couldn't control her laughter when she said this and apologized profusely. It's OK though, I laughed too. He was fine by the way!" - InPerfectCircles
"My mom had to come pick me up because I and a friend decided to steal a tube of hot pink frosting from homeck class. I drew a penis on the side of the football fields announcement booth. It was very bright pink and very big. The sun literally baked it on there and lasted for a good solid 5 years till they repainted it. I was suspended for a day over it." - theresacreamforthat
"My son was in second grade and he got a demerit for farting. It wasn’t the actual fart that got to the merit, it was his response."
"The teacher asked “what will you do next time to make sure this doesn’t happen again?” and my son answered ”Next time I fart in class, I won’t laugh as loud and get a demerit!”
"I still have that note his baby book, couldn’t bear to throw it away." - Ok-Fishing-6604
"My Uncle used to get sent home from school because he smelled bad. He would eat raw garlic on purpose to get sent home. The man is a legend. I named my first child after him." - Embarrassed-Intern52
"I had to pick up my son from 2nd grade for punching another kid."
"My son has always been a very literal child. He just has no way to automatically know if someone is being serious or kidding. If he suspects you're not being truthful, he'll ask."
"Anyway, this kid put his hoodie on backwards and kept pulling the hood over his face and saying he could see through the hood. My kid kept asking if he was kidding, and the kid assured him several times he was not."
"So my kid swung his arm and knocked the kid upside his dome. Forearm, not fist, but it still sent the kid stumbling into a desk. Kid went to the nurse for some comforting, my son went to talk to the principal."
"The principal sent him back to the room, then called me. She stifled a couple of giggles when she told me what he said as to why he did it. "Well, Ms Principal, he said he could see through the hood. If he could really see through the hood, he would have ducked. But he didn't, which means I was right and he was lying."" - pedantic_dullard
The elephant in the Room
"She’s feeling sick because of “the elephant meat that Daddy brought from Africa and made me eat”. Imagine having a serious discussion with a principal about how unethical it is to eat elephant meat and illegally import it to Europe, while you’re just repeatedly saying: “And you believed her?!” - OneAceFace
One can only imagine that these parents would have still preferred not to get these calls.
As they still resulted in a trip to the doctor's office and/or, a stern talking to or punishment.
However, at least these were childhood instances that both child and parent would rather not forget in a few year's time.
Far from it, these are stories which will probably be told, with unending delight, for the rest of their lives.
Inducing endless laughter along the way.