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Little school of Halloween horrors

Oh yes, school is getting more terrifying by the day. Seven reasons for modern parents to be afraid, very afraid.

By GreatSchools Staff

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Grade school parasites

The dreaded notice comes home as regularly as the monthly school newsletter: "There has been a case of lice in your child’s classroom." For certain parents — say, those with hair-coveting girls — the letter provokes a Munchian scream. Phone calls to fellow parents — once friends, now suspects — verge on interrogations: "Why was Violet out yesterday? Was she sick?" "Is it true that Isabella got a buzz cut?"

Who can be trusted? Nobody. Not even you, as you notice your daughter clawing at her scalp like a rabid dog. Remember how you were ostracized the last time word got out about the colony of blood-sipping fly babies on her head that spread to her entire karate class? No one must know the truth!

Comments from GreatSchools.org readers

10/31/2011:
"hah, almost funny if it weren't so scary...I, along with several other families, had to pull my kids out of a school where they were running the show...one mom logged 60 (yes, sixty!) volunteer hours in one week! They roamed the school like a pack of wolves, knew all the gossip about the kids and their parents, and they dictated who did what and when! "
11/2/2010:
"Hilarious!"
11/1/2010:
"My grandson's fifth grade teacher has specifically asked parents NOT to help the child with homework. Thank heaven!"
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