I got away with a lot in high school like never really attending math class because I had too much “yearbook duty,” or I had to work on a speech. This is why I am clueless about fractals, but I could probably win a debate about it. The debate would be titled: “Resolved: Fractals were in one piece until yo’ mama sat on them.” BURN!
There was an unwritten rule that the students who excelled at certain subjects like math or speech and debate were forgiven as long as they won awards and the school was credited in the media. I won the Attorney General’s Cup one year, the biggest speech competition at the time, and my principal snatched up the award without so much as congratulating me. But at least I didn’t have to go to class the next day.
This was a school that suspended students for chewing gum or being in possession of gum. You could get a demerit (not detention, but the same thing) for untucking your shirt after school. At your home.
I claimed modesty to get out of serving demerits. Instead of dragging a dirty mop through the hallway, I said to my teacher, “Sir, I don’t feel comfortable doing that because there are boys around and I am a female. And sir, if I have to lean forward, they might see the back of my knee.”