Something else made me think... what are the most outrageous lies students have told? I have 2: 1. I started teaching in 1980. One of my students that year was Mary. She had an easy A average, in spite of very frequent absences. Her friends frequently asked her why she was out so often. Her response was that she was the first ever survivor of Legionaire's Disease. It was only at her funeral in 1983, just after graduation, that they learned that Mary had Cystic Fibrosis. The faculty knew, but all her classmates really believed her story. Hey, if you're 15 and you have a death sentence hanging over your head, you're allowed any story you want. 2. Several years ago, a number of our Seniors had a big party. Instead of 'fessing up, they told their parents they were all on retreat at school; they printed up permission slips and everything. The parents of the host, of course, were out of town for the night. I think an older sister was in charge. They were caught when they arrived at school the next day, some still smelling of booze. Let's just say it wasn't pretty.