For All the Parents Out There...
My lovely sister is a teacher and this is a very common occurence for her and she's heard all of these excuses and more.
I tell her often that I do not envy her profession. I want to think that I would have been a good teacher but I don't have the patience it takes to keep from tossing some dumb assed kid in to the hallway nor to put up with idiotic parents.
I try to treat my kids teachers as professionals in a hard job that they love.