10 January 2008

In the News: I Am Not Going To Get Up Today!

Sometimes you have to take matters into your own hands. And by "matters", I mean "industrial strength glue".

By Lucy Cockcroft (Telegraph)

A 10-year-old boy who wanted to avoid going back to school after the holidays decided to take drastic action and glued his hand to his bed.

Diego Palacios had so much fun over Christmas that he didn't want the holidays to end, so he hatched the cunning plan to try and skip lessons. His horrified mother Sandra found him stuck fast to the metal headboard on the morning he was due to return to school in Monterrey, Mexico.

Speaking to newspapers in Mexico, Diego said: "I thought if I was glued to the bed, they couldn't make me go to school. I didn't want to go, the holidays were so much fun.

"I remembered my mom had bought a very strong glue."

He told how he sneaked into the kitchen in the early hours and then covered his hand with the industrial-strength adhesive, used to repair shoes, before attaching himself to the bed.

His mother woke up to find him watching cartoons on television with his hand firmly stuck down.

"I don't know why he did it," she said. "He's a good boy, but mischievous - like all kids."

After spending nearly two hours trying to free Diego's right hand with water, oil and nail polish remover Mrs Palacios called in paramedics and police.

Diego's plan was finally foiled when they used a spray to dissolve the chemical adhesive, and he was bundled off to school for the first day back, if a few hours late.

Note: I didn't make this up, the reporter's real last name is really Cockcroft. She was probably drawn to the story because she could empathize with young Diego... I mean, would you want to go to school if your last name was Cockcroft?


tanita✿davis said...

Equally bizarre is the dog on the Dr. Seuss book. Would you get up if the DOG asked you? I think not.

Frankly, semester just started again, and I believe Diego had the best idea...

Minh said...

It depends... is the dog giving me a threatening look that says "I have a full bladder and i'm not afraid to use it"?

MotherReader said...

Actually, that glue plan doesn't seem all that bad...

Susan Kusel said...

I just recently re-read the Dr. Seuss book with my son... and I have to say the ending is fabulous. You'd expect it to end with today being Saturday- and the boy springing out of bed (as so many similar books end), but no. Everybody leaves him alone and he gets to stay in bed. I love that.

Minh said...

Yeah, I loved the ending too... and just thinking about it now makes me want to go get an egg.

and speaking of not wanting to get up in the morning... i had one of those terrible mornings where I was dreaming that it was saturday morning, only to have my spirit broken when the alarm went off... and unfortunately, there was no superglue to be found.

Saints and Spinners said...

Hey! I'm pretty sure I left a comment here. Where did it go?

Minh said...

alkelda, i don't think your first comment went through--at least i didn't see it... and i definitely am not at a point where I filter comments. at this point anything is welcome!

Liz Allman said...

I was always a little annoyed that she gave away his breakfast. Just let him have it in bed? That police officer didn't look like he missed too many meals.