15 Reasons Why Cutting School is NOT Cool or NEVER be Cool

Shhhh! I am just sneaking out of class
Shhhh! I am just sneaking out of class

"My" short career in cutting class

Although this illegal activity had been going on for many classes before my class, back in our day from 1967 through 1972, we didn’t want to be the class to break the time-honored tradition that others had suffered to maintain.

I am not talking about a taffy pull, a corn shucking bee, but cutting class. The more-sophisticated student classes of our great country called it, “Cutting school,” I guess because it sounds more-decent and sugar-coated. We didn’t go in for all of that cushy stuff. We were rough and from the rural part of our county and we knew what we were doing.

Now understand something. To the inexperienced onlooker, cutting class takes more work and mental toughness than you would imagine. To cut class, you cannot have any “weak links,” if you are in a group of “cutters.” You only recruit the strongest, most-courageous and those students who just didn’t care. They make excellent people to help you “cut class.”

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A young Brad Pitt starred in a "B" movie: "Cutting Class"
A young Brad Pitt starred in a "B" movie: "Cutting Class"
When you cut class you live in fear of getting caught
When you cut class you live in fear of getting caught

A very stark question:

I just wonder what the ratio is for non-class cutters as opposed to those squeaky-clean, “perfect” students who would cringe if the term, “cutting class,” were as much as mentioned to them. I wager that both the male and female squeaky-clean students would suddenly have to visit their respective restrooms to relieve themselves of the fear that was brought onto them by the mention of that vulgar and anti-American.

But what the heck. I will play the role of “Henry Gondorff,” (Paul Newman, The Sting), and go all-in and say that hardly any student has not at one time or the other, cut school alone or with their friends.

It’s an ironclad tradition. Teachers expect it. Students, like the prisoners with Tim Robbins--“Andy Dufresne,” in “Shawshank Redemption,” start planning how to cut class the first day of junior high. There are more planning that goes into one cutting class event than went into Desert Storm. I know this is true. And I have known of students so desperate to cut class that they would also be like “Andy Dufresne,” and crawl to freedom through our sewer lines from the school restrooms to freedom somewhere in Hamilton, Al., our hometown.

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Riding the subway is one place to hide from truant officers
Riding the subway is one place to hide from truant officers
Smoking cigarettes or "weed," is one activity shared by some students cutting class
Smoking cigarettes or "weed," is one activity shared by some students cutting class
Where does one go when cutting class?
Where does one go when cutting class?
Groups of kids cut class
Groups of kids cut class
Cutting class is similar to just walking out on an important event
Cutting class is similar to just walking out on an important event
Cutting class can be so boring
Cutting class can be so boring
Planning the "cut from class"
Planning the "cut from class"
Where can I run to be safe?
Where can I run to be safe?

Although I only cut school twice, now in my latter years I look back on just how asinine that juvenile action really was. Oh, at the time, my adventure of cutting class with my buddies, Gary DuPree and Rodney Ferguson, was the most-exciting time in my eighth-grade life, 1968, to be exact.

Now, and after some really serious studying, I am presenting to the parents of school children reading “this” story,

15 Reasons Why Cutting Class is NOT or NEVER Will be Cool

  • When you cut school, you are then a law-breaker. Although cutting school is below a misdemeanor and judges would laugh at the charge, you are on your way down a dangerous and deceptive pathway called: Lawlessness. Cutting class “can” and sometimes does, lead to serious crimes. Do you really want this lifestyle?
  • Being a student who cuts class “is” cool, but only for a short while. If a student continues to cut class, he chooses to be stupid and not able to make intelligent choices for he (or she) is not in class to learn what opportunities are out there in the world for them.
  • There is no monetary-compensation or pension plans afforded for cutting class.
  • Even the thrill of hiding from truant officers in malls, garages, and your basement can get old after awhile.
  • Today’s society of young people may seem an adoring lot of worshippers of rebellious students, but a closer look reveals a strong sense of maturity in getting a good education and making for themselves a positive life.
  • Cutting class can be addictive to someone addicted to illegal thrills. When cutting class doesn’t fill this thrill, then other areas of illegal excitement can come easy to the students such as shoplifting, dealing drugs, and eventually dropping-out of school. You think I am kidding? Do the math. The statistics are not in your favor if you are thinking about this type of life.
  • Failing classes is not an intelligent choice and that is the choice you are making when you cut classes over and over again.
  • Did you also know that cutting class can bring your family into a light of irresponsibility? Do you really want that for your family who has fed, clothed, loved you, and went without themselves just for you?
  • Cutting class can lead you into the ugly practice of telling lies. Example: Your dad: “Son, Mr. Thomas, our neighbor, told me that he saw you and two of your friends in the mall today around 1 p.m. Was that you?” You: “Uhh, no dad. There is a kid in school that some say looks just like me.”
  • The only education cutting class can give to you is a degree in “street smarts.” Can this form of education land you a great job? I think your answer would be “no.”
  • Sure, going to class can be boring, but sitting in a police station waiting for your parents to pick you up can be boring too when you continually cut class and then picked-up by the truant officer.
  • You, the student who cuts class, are responsible for influencing another student to follow in your footsteps. Dry fact? Maybe. But what if that student who views you as a hero, cuts class and is severely-injured or becomes the victim of kidnapping or some other heinous act, who is responsible? You can take some time to think about your answer.
  • Just what if your friends who love cutting school with you, get tired of this illegal act and go back to school . . .where does this leave you? Alone and with no one to lean on. Do you really want this lifestyle?

Coming next . . .Hey, you will just have to wait and see.

Honestly, did YOU ever cut class?

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DealForALiving profile image

DealForALiving 2 years ago from Earth

Agreed. When did it ever become cool?


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word55 2 years ago from Chicago

Hey Ken, real cool advice, Cutting school or cutting class is not wise when education is free. Let someone try it while paying for an education.


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Ericdierker 2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

We called it "ditching School"


sheilamyers 2 years ago

I can hear it now. The kids who disagree with you will be asking "Who needs school anyway?" Those will be the kids complaining about working minimum wage jobs the rest of their lives. Honestly, I never skipped school. I thought about it, but never did it. I wasn't afraid of the police picking me up. I was more afraid of what my parents would do when they found out ... and I mean when because they would find out. Back in the day that would've meant a good butt whoopin', being reminded every day for at least a week how bad I was, and being grounded forever. Do I need to say that never sounded like my kind of fun?


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favored 2 years ago from USA

Cutting class is never cool. It never has been and still isn't. Unfortunately hearing that from a teacher doesn't defer the kids from doing it.


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grand old lady 2 years ago from Philippines

Well, this was straight talking Kennethavery this time around. True, cutting class once will do no real harm, but if you make it a habit everything else that's bad follows.


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kenneth avery 2 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama Author

DealForaLiving,

Well, in 1967 through 1972, my high school years, there were some kids who did use the term cool. I never did. I was just thankful that my two friends and I were never caught.

Thanks for the comment. I appreciate it so much.


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kenneth avery 2 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama Author

word55,

Thank you for the wise comment. An education is free. I take your comment as a cue to urge ALL parents and children who are reading this to help stamp-out truancy. It will get a lot of kids into trouble they do not need.

God bless you for the nice words.


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kenneth avery 2 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama Author

Eric,

Yup. "Ditching," is another term for cutting class. I had a separate blue text box ready to publish on this hub, but went on and forgot it. I found a lot about truancy on Wiki. Fascinating.


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kenneth avery 2 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama Author

Hi, sheilamyers,

You may be right, but let them complain and disagree. You are right again about these being the same people who bellyache about low-paying jobs and what they miss about having a successful life.

I admire you for not cutting. I did cut twice and neither time was that cool. I, like you, were too scared of what my parents would do. You guessed it. Whip my butt.

And I would have deserved it.

Come back often, Sheila and thank you for your input.


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kenneth avery 2 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama Author

grand old lady (who is not old)

Thanks for the comment and you are right. I wanted to show that side of myself. The side who CARES about our young generations.

You are correct. Cutting once, no harm. Cutting a lot does lots of harm.

You are much-appreciated.


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kenneth avery 2 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama Author

Hey, favored,

You are right. Sadly, a lot of kids will not listen to a teacher, but you stick to your guns and help me guard against cutting class.

It seems like a victimless-crime, but actually, it harms the kids who do it.

Have a peaceful week, my friend.


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DzyMsLizzy 2 years ago from Oakley, CA

I "cut class" once in my life, and once only. It was my senior year in high school, and another girl and I were tasked with taking the layouts of the yearbook to the printer (we were both in the journalism class). She had a car at school, so she drove us over there, and we were very casual about the time getting back to school. I think we stopped and got a milkshake or something. The exact details elude me these nearly 50 years later...but we were not back in time for class at any rate.

Voted up, interesting and funny. Even though habitual 'cutting' is not funny--you presented this in a humorous vein. ;)


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Colleen Swan 2 years ago from County Durham

Hi Kenneth, if only students could realize sooner that the grades you get in your teens will affect the rest of your lifespan. I am of your generation, and while being a hippy was fun it had its price. Fortunately I did get a fine education, but regret some inadvertent self-sabotage during my youth.


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Pawpawwrites 2 years ago from Kansas

It can definitely lead you down the wrong path in life.


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Stacy Birch 2 years ago

I only ever cut class once, I went to a technical school and it was the last day. I would have stayed there, but they we're making us go to our home school for a volleyball game for the rest of the day. I Hate sports and I always ended up sitting next to some kid I didn't like. So I would have to sit next to the bad kids, because ironically they were pretty nice to me. The preps in my school were jerks, so when the bus pulled into my hometown I got off the bus and went home.


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truefaith7 2 years ago from USA

I can think of another good reason why it's not good to cut class: Some of those escapades have a tendency to be embarrassing when the class-cutter is caught.

For example, a high school classmate of mine decided to cut class one day and spend the afternoon hiding in the ceiling over the girl's restroom. Little did he know that the styrofoam ceiling tiles couldn't support a 100 lb+ boy and found this little fact out the hard way when the tile crashed underneath him and sent him plummeting down to the floor.....right at the (female) principal's feet! He ended up spending a few days in detention and his parents ended up paying for the broken tile.

Anyway, thanks for sharing and voted interesting, useful, and funny!


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teaches12345 2 years ago

I have to admit I cut class a couple of times in school and paid the price for it dearly! I love your message and you tell it so kids get it without being defensive. I agree that it leads to lying and a poor educational view which is not a way to success. Voted up+++


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JamaGenee 2 years ago from Central Oklahoma

Cutting class (or "skipping school" as we called it in my hometown) is NOT recommended for average students. I cut class a few times because those classes were taught by very B-O-R-I-N-G teachers and I hadn't yet grasped that whatever I needed to learn was in the textbooks we had to haul around, that even a not-so-boring teacher could NOT make class material interesting unless the student had a thirst for learning about that particular subject (a thirst I finally got as an adult and enrolled in college where I made mostly As).

But there's another side of cutting class, i.e. cutting with the parent's permission. One of my daughters was (and still is) a super-brain with a consistent GPA of 4.00+ all through high school and college. Besides regular assignments in high school AP classes, she completed every extra credit project offered.

Being a straight-A-plus student, however, requires enormous amounts of energy even for a super-brain. Every two weeks or so, I would allow her to stay home for a day to recharge her batteries, something a super-brain friend of an older daughter had done EVERY week.

In my daughter's case, however, a new assistant principal decided to make his mark by cracking down on attendance, nd was going to expell my daughter, a model student, and charge her with truancy. He told me that since my daughter was a student at that high school, I had NO authority to allow her to stay home for any reason other that sickness or injury. Excuse me?

I won't go into the details of what transpired as this man and I battled it out for the next several weeks other that it he finally backed off when I threatened to have him TRY to explain the logic of expelling a model student on the 6 o'clock news of all three TV stations in our city, in spite of the fact that state legislators said the truancy laws ONLY applied to students with a GPA of 2.0 or lower, not those with a 4.00+.


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JamaGenee 2 years ago from Central Oklahoma

Me again. Forgive the typos. Having a problem with a skipping mouse so my editing time ran out before I could clean up the typos and add that the points you make in this hub are spot on. Upped and shared!


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kenneth avery 2 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama Author

Hi, JanaGenee,

I did not see any typo's in your comments. I have to side with you about your daughter and to also tell you face-up that you are very blessed to have a highly-intelligent child like her. I am extremely-impressed.

And way to go in how you stood your ground with the "brown nosing" assistant principal who, with this narrow judgment, will probably remain just an assistant principal.

I admire you not just for being a terrific writer, but you are a terrific friend, follower who has a very interesting life.

Your Friend for Life,

Kenneth


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kenneth avery 2 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama Author

Hi, DzyMsLizzy,

Right on! I see that you did absolutely no harm in just being late to get back to school, but consider this: You and your friend were really working for the school using her car and taking yearbook proofs to the printer which was the school's job, not yours.

So all in all, you never cut school at all.

I loved your comment though.


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kenneth avery 2 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama Author

Hi, Coleen Swan,

Thank you so much for your nice comment. And I agree with your thinking. The "fun" my friends and I had were fine at the time, but if it had kept going, we would have ran into trouble.

Come back again and visit me again, Coleen.


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kenneth avery 2 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama Author

Pawpawwrites,

I agree with you 100%. And the amazing thing was that we saw this fact even when we were cutting class. No life or productive time is ever experienced in running from the authorities.


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kenneth avery 2 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama Author

Hi, Stacy,

You are right in what you did. If you didn't like sports and you were graduating anyway, well, didn't you feel as if you needed some time for you?

And this is ironic, but this very day, Sept. 8, I sat in the same high school gym watching my eldest granddaughter play on her volleyball team and there was NO air conditioning, just huge fans that did not work that well.

I love my granddaughter and her siblings, but when I got home, my shirt was soaked through and through with perspiration.

I hear your message.

And thanks for stopping by.


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kenneth avery 2 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama Author

teaches12345,

By way of a compliment, I would never expect YOU to cut class. I am serious. I have, (and still do) view you as very astute, intelligent, creative and such a writing talent on HP.

Thank you for agreeing on what I said about continual cutting will tend to lead to bad grades and even if you do get by with it, what is there to brag about?


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kenneth avery 2 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama Author

truefaith7,

Firstly, thank you for stopping by and reading this hub.

Secondly, in the almost-four years of my being on HP, I have never had such a hilarious comment as the one as your pal, the 100 + pound boy on the ceiling tiles. That was so funny I could not stop laughing.

I would wager that the lady principal never spoke of this EVER.

Come back anytime to share with me.


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DzyMsLizzy 2 years ago from Oakley, CA

I don't know it that was "cut day" or not. The San Francisco school system had an unofficial (probably frowned up) "official senior cut day." It was a single day in the year when the seniors could ditch a class, and not get penalized. As I said, it was not officially sanctioned, but everyone seemed to just look the other way. ;-)


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tobusiness 2 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

As I said; knowledge is king, however, ignorance is definitely not bliss. Cutting class is not a good idea. On this side of the pond we call it 'a skive off school' I don't remember doing it, but I most probably did. Interesting read, I'm learning a lot about you Kenneth Avery, I'll be back. ;)


minababe 2 years ago

Back in the '80s when I was in high school, cutting class was probably at an all-time high, thanks to the movie, "Ferris Buehller's Day Off." That was the movie that made cutting class seem like this big, huge adventure of epic proportions. I never cut class, but my friends did, and I can only imagine that they were disappointed by the experience--no cool joy rides to be had, no spontaneous breaking out of everyone dancing to Twist and Shout at a huge parade, no sneaking into expensive restaurants, none of that crap. The most they probably did was spend the better part of their day hanging out at Mickey D's or something.


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kenneth avery 2 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama Author

Hi, DzyMsLizzy,

Wow! This is scary and inronic.

In my own high school and a year or two prior to my senior year, 1972, the school had something similar to this and ours was called "Cut Day," only for seniors.

But when it came OUR turn, the school did away with it. Rats!

It is so weird how two people who live eons apart (you and I), can have one solitary event so similar.

There's you a hub idea.

I am still in awe.


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kenneth avery 2 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama Author

Hi, dear tobusiness,

This is a fascinating comment you left me about "skive off school." What, now follow me, if the entire world were to take ONE DAY off from work, life, and play?

Oh yeah, and terrorism.

What might be the outcome? And there's a hub idea for you too.

Ah, ha! You learning about me? Bahahahaha (sinister laugh) . . .okay. I will let down all of my defenses and see how much you can learn.

But be forewarned: Some of the things about me just might be like Kryptonite is to Superman as they might affect YOU this way.

:)


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kenneth avery 2 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama Author

Hello, minababe,

This is so sad about cutting school you talked about in your comment. Is anything ever as good as it is in the movies? I say say YES, to only one thing in my life.

I was 18, single, and went on this double date with my buddy and two girls we had met in a small town about a half-hour from our hometown.

It was the perfect summer night. It was warm, then cool breezes blew across the deserted dug-out of a softball field we knew where the girls wanted to do. The aroma of fresh honeysuckles filled the air.

I was with a girl named Donna. She had burning red hair. Oh well. I just went for it and asked, "Would you mind if I kissed you?" And she gave me, at that time, THE most romantic answer: "You don't have to ask."

And we spent the better part of that night, uhh, kissing.

We were going to be exclusive, but she had literally been left at the altar by a jerk of a man and was not over it yet.

Years later, I saw her in a restaurant with her fifth husband I was told and she just glanced at me and me her.

Her husband looked to be a violent man.

No wonder I still cry today at the song by Dan Folgerberg, "An Auld Agne Syne," for it reminds me of her.

This was no Ferris Beuller's Day Off. It was better.

And I would have cut school for days on end for her.


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Rhonda Lytle 2 years ago from Deep in the heart of Dixie

As a former special needs high school teacher, I love this. Cutting class for so many children is down right dangerous. Many stay on campus and get into fights, drug and gang related activities and even worse. Schools now have mandatory reporting duties about excessive absences which can be defined as missing three consective classes. That's not much.

I've seen families suffer horrible financial burdens when judges get tired of it to the tune of three hundred dollars a day. Thank you for a really important message that I hope kids consider seriously before ditching.


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vkwok 2 years ago from Hawaii

Some people don't know how much it's going to affect their future to skip school.


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Mamabyrd 2 years ago

It is interesting to see this subject in a new light. My daughters started kindergarten this year. It is a very scary new world. I completely agree! cutting class is not cool and can be dangerous if an adult does not know your where abouts.


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Thelma Alberts 2 years ago from Germany

Honestly, I have voted no above! I have not experience cutting classes because I was so scared of the outcome when my parents would found that out. I was always the good example of my younger brothers and sisters as the eldest child of the family. Sometimes I wonder if I would be who I am now if I have done those things like cutting classes and running away from home. My sisters have done that and when I think about it how they are now, I can say I have done the right things in my life. Thanks for bringing me to my "boring" memory lane.


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kenneth avery 2 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama Author

Thelma, you are first,

I admire you for living your life your way and doing it the right way. And your life was not boring, but from my viewpoint, exciting.

Nothing beats a clear conscience when putting your head on your pillow at night.

After the two times I cut school, I never did it again. I used some wisdom in thinking, "better quit while I am not arrested."

Thanks for the comment and visit, Thelma.


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kenneth avery 2 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama Author

MamaByrd,

Thanks for your agreeing with me on this subject.

I will pray for God to protect your daughters in kindergarten and all throughout their schooling years.

I have three grandkids who are not kids anymore and I still pray for them.

And I appreciate your input too.


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kenneth avery 2 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama Author

Hi, vkwok,

You are so right. Things, socially-speaking, have changed so much it is down-right dangerous for adults as well as kids.

Thank you for your comment.


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kenneth avery 2 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama Author

Hi, Rhonda,

I agree 100% with you. Gangs and drug dealers are almost everywhere lurking to get another customer.

Where I live, thank God, it's a small town and not that many drug dealers, but there are meth factories that our authorities keep in check. Thank God.

I just wanted the kids and parents to realize that speaking from personal experience, cutting class is for idiots.


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tirelesstraveler 2 years ago from California

Never knew it was an option until I moved to a town with block scheduling and then a catch 22 made it legal. Dear Kenneth you just went to the wrong school. we graduated the same year.


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kenneth avery 23 months ago from Hamilton, Alabama Author

Hi, sweet friend, tirelesstraveler,

Are you serious? I guess you are right. Thanks for telling me. Yes, in my school system, one could be dismissed for good if caught several times cutting class.

I lived in fear every day of my school days. Honeest.

Maybe that is what's wrong with me today.

Hey, write me anytime.

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