- The Washington Times - Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Getting a lesson in real-life civics apparently isn’t considered a good enough excuse to cut class.

Pennsylvania teens Joey Daniel and Colin Saltry thought Sen. Barack Obama’s signature would help convince Scranton High School officials they had a worthy reason to ditch gym class, since they stopped into the Glider Diner on Monday, election eve, to see the presidential hopeful.

But the students were given one-day suspensions when they returned to class, the Times Tribune in Scranton reported.

Mr. Saltry, 18, told the newspaper he was forced to resign as senior class president.

“They skipped school,” Assistant Superintendent William King told the Times Tribune. “Had the students gone about the process properly and approached a teacher … they probably would have been granted permission.”

Mr. King told the paper the student resigned from his post “voluntarily,” which the teen denied.

But Joseph Boga, another teen in the diner that day, had no trouble getting his teachers to give him leave.

“Please excuse Joseph for being late to school today due to a severe case of Democratic fever, for which he was seen and treated at the Glider Diner by Barack Obama,” his mom Cheryl Boga wrote. Click here to see a large photo of the note

Monday’s note was endorsed by Mr. Obama, of Illinois, who wrote in fat marker, “Excuse Joseph!” before adding his signature.

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