When you’re a kid, there aren’t many things worse than school. Having to leave all your toys at home five days a week while you sit in boring lessons for hours… where’s the fun in that? There are so many more exciting things that you could be doing instead of getting an education, especially when you’re very young.
Of course, it’s not until you’re much older that you realize how much easier you had it as a child. School might have been dull most of the time, but it seems like a holiday in comparison to a full-time job. When you were a kid, you didn’t have to worry about working yourself to the bone just to pay your bills and keep living for another month. The biggest thing you had to worry about was a test, and how you could get out of doing it.
Six-year-old Brit Lily Schooley thought she’d found the perfect solution to that when she gave herself a fake chickenpox diagnosis. However, her plan blew back in her face in the worst way, and now the internet can’t stop laughing about it.
Credit where credit’s due
Kids are typically more clever than people give them credit for. Just because they’re young and don’t know as much about the world as everyone else, that doesn’t mean they’re not intelligent.
Children have proven themselves to be incredibly smart time and again, although it’s not always in school that their talents shine. In fact, it’s usually when they’re trying to get out of going to school that they’re at their best.
Lily Schooley is one of those children who seems to have a knack for scheming her way out of school. Her plans might not always be successful, but that doesn’t stop her from putting them into action. Her latest attempt came about when the six-year-old discovered she was set to have a spelling test. It’s not often that a kid looks forward to a test of any kind, so it’s no surprise that Lily desperately wanted to get a day off school.
Of course, her parents weren’t just going to let her stay at home for no reason – they cared too much about her education. That’s why Schooley had to come up with a plan to get out of the test without drawing too much suspicion. Thankfully, some of her fellow students gave her an idea which, at the time, seemed like it was foolproof.
A contagious disease
In recent weeks, several of the other kids at Lily’s school had been noticeably absent. The reason they weren’t attending classes? They were at home with chickenpox. They’d all been affected by the contagious disease and were forced to stay away from school until they were no longer a risk to everyone else. While those children were no doubt glad they didn’t have to go to lessons, they probably weren’t enjoying themselves too much at home.
It’s no fun being sick with chickenpox, especially when you’re young. However, it’s a different story if you’re a kid who’s only faking that they have the disease. That’s what Lily planned to do to get out of her upcoming spelling test. Given there were so many other students catching chickenpox, she could just pretend she’d come down with it too. She just needed to convince her parents that she had it.
Covered in spots
Schooley had what she figured was a concrete plan, so now she just needed to put it into action. The night before her test, she was pretending to do her homework when she asked her parents if she could borrow a red marker. Her mother complied, and Lily soon disappeared upstairs to continue with her work. Of course, the six-year-old wasn’t being entirely honest when she’d asked for the pen. She didn’t need it for her homework; it was for creating her chickenpox illusion.
Lily knew that one of the symptoms of the disease was being covered in red spots, something she figured she could recreate with the marker. So, she rushed straight to the bathroom and started covering herself in as many dots as possible. Ten minutes later, her face, arms, and legs were filled with spots, and the next stage of her plan was ready to go.
Her parents – Charlotte and David – were understandably caught by surprise when Lily came down ten minutes later looking remarkably different. Their daughter was scratching her arm and complaining that she felt itchy, saying she thought it must be a rash. The six-year-old had seemed perfectly fine earlier, so they found her sudden illness a little suspicious. However, it wasn’t until they switched the light on and got a proper look at her that they realized exactly what they were dealing with.
Lily might have believed that her plan was foolproof, but her parents thought otherwise. They put two and two together very quickly and knew that the spots had been drawn on with a marker. However, they didn’t want to give the game away immediately. They figured they’d go along with the ruse and make Lily believe she’d tricked them, although that didn’t mean they weren’t going to play dirty.
Getting checked out
After seeing their daughter covered in spots, Charlotte and David pretended to be incredibly concerned. They said they were worried about how quickly the illness had developed, so it had to be something serious.
Lily’s mom told her that they’d have to take her to the doctors straight away because she was evidently very sick. At that moment, the six-year-old realized she’d made a terrible mistake. Her plan had backfired, and now she was caught between admitting her lie or going to the doctors. She didn’t know which option was worse.
Better luck next time
In the end, Lily decided to come clean. She quickly headed back upstairs to the bathroom and began frantically washing off the spots. The six-year-old thought she’d been smart enough to fool her parents, but this time, they were the ones that came out on top.
Although she’d put in a valiant effort in her attempt to skip school, she had to accept that this was one spelling test she wouldn’t be able to miss. As she scrubbed away at the spots, she told herself “better luck next time!”
Not coming off
There was just one problem with Lily’s attempts to wash away her lies – the pen wouldn’t come off. She’d made the mistake of using a permanent marker for her plan, and now she was stuck with red dots all over her body.
It wasn’t long afterward that her parents came upstairs and discovered her frantically trying to wash herself in the bathroom. When Lily told them what was wrong, Charlotte tried to help, but her efforts were in vain. No amount of elbow grease was going to get that marker out.
A laughing stock
With the spots proving too stubborn to come off, Lily was forced to go to school the next day with red pen all over her body. The six-year-old found it incredibly embarrassing, especially when she had to go to gym class in shorts and a t-shirt.
The marks all over her body were clear to see, and some of the other students found it funny. Even some of Lily’s teachers saw the funny side in what she’d done and admired her creative attempt to try and get a day off school.
She’s not contagious
While some people found Schooley’s spots hilarious, others were genuinely concerned that the girl was contagious with chickenpox. She and her mom had to tell numerous people that she wasn’t actually sick and that it was all just a good plan gone wrong.
Charlotte even had to write a letter to her daughter’s school telling them what had happened and assuring that the girl didn’t have chickenpox. Eventually, everyone understood that Lily wasn’t contagious and started seeing the lighter side of the situation. They all found it incredibly funny.
For the next few days, Charlotte tried everything she could to get rid of the permanent marker covering her daughter. She tried things like baby oil and body soap, but the pen proved to be far too stubborn.
Although the red gradually started fading with each attempt, it wasn’t enough to rid Schooley of those pesky spots. It was like she really was sick with chickenpox! It’s safe to say that Lily won’t be trying this particular trick again next time she wants to get a day off school.
Free at last
It was four days later by the time that the permanent marker finally came off. Apparently, it was hairspray that got the job done, something that Charlotte hadn’t initially thought to try. Both mother and daughter were understandably relieved once the spots were gone, especially as they could finally start laughing about the whole silly situation.
Lily was also glad she could go back to school feeling less self-conscious about the way she looked. She’d been lucky that the weekend had coincided with her failed attempt at catching chickenpox.
Learned her lesson
Although this whole situation started because Lily had been lying, her parents haven’t been too hard on her. Living with spots all over her body for several days proved to be an adequate punishment, especially as she had to show off her new look at school.
The couple certainly doesn’t approve of their daughter lying, but they believe she’s learned her lesson now. The six-year-old has seen firsthand that nothing good comes of being dishonest, and her parents hope she won’t try anything like this again in the future.
Holding back the laughter
Even though trying to clean off the permanent marker had been no laughing matter, Charlotte and David had struggled to hold back their giggles when they’d first seen what Lily had done. It was very apparent to them that their daughter was faking the illness, but they hadn’t wanted to give that away to the six-year-old.
She’d obviously believed that her plan was perfect, and they wanted to see how she’d react when she thought she’d have to go to the doctors. As they soon saw, she didn’t respond well.
It seems that this kind of thing is very typical of Lily. Not so much the lying, but definitely the wacky behavior. Schooley is apparently very witty and always doing crazy things that make people around her laugh.
This latest idea may not have been designed to be humorous, but the six-year-old still managed to turn it around in her favor. It appears there’s nothing this girl can’t do to lighten up a room, especially if it involves some red pen and a desire to miss school.
Influenced by YouTube
Although the other students at school inspired Lily to fake her chickenpox, it seems she may have first gotten the idea from a YouTube video. The six-year-old is apparently a massive fan of the video sharing platform and regularly watches clips aimed at children.
One thing she watched shortly before this whole ordeal was a video titled 10 Ways to Get Out of School. Obviously, faking chickenpox was one of the ten ways, so the Schooleys should prepare themselves for nine more of them sometime in the future.
Have a little patience
Something that could have potentially worked in the young girl’s favor when she set her plan in motion was having a little bit of patience. It was only ten minutes after getting the permanent marker that she returned downstairs and told her parents that she was ill.
Chickenpox doesn’t come on quite as quickly as that, so Charlotte and David were already suspicious before they’d even seen what Lily had done. Perhaps if she’d waited until the morning to show her parents, they might have believed her. Then again…
Been here before
Unfortunately for Lily, it seems she’d never have pulled off her chickenpox ruse with her parents, even if she’d had a little more patience. That’s because the six-year-old had apparently already had it once before.
Although it is possible to get the disease a second time, this only happens in extremely rare cases. Most people become immune to the virus after getting chickenpox, with the disease only reappearing if that person gets shingles. So, Lily was certainly pushing her luck trying to trick her parents with this one.
Talk of the town
Following the ordeal with Lily’s fake chickenpox, Charlotte and David shared the story of it online. They saw the humor in the whole thing, and they figured that other people would too. However, they never expected it to become such a popular story.
Soon, their daughter’s antics were being discussed all over the internet. People who had never even met Lily were talking about what she’d done and seeing the funny side of it. The girl was quickly becoming a viral sensation, and she was only six-years-old.
Celebrating her smarts
While some people were laughing at her antics, others were complimenting Lily on her creativity and cleverness. Even though her parents had seen through her plan pretty quickly, she’d still showcased a lot of ingenuity for such a young girl.
All these strangers felt that Schooley deserved to be congratulated for what she’d done, and believed she had a bright future ahead of her. They wondered exactly what kind of things the child would start coming up with once she was a teenager looking to avoid school.
All over the news
The story of what Lily had done was shared so much that it ended up finding its way into the British media. In early April, her antics were covered in newspapers like the Daily Mirror, the Daily Mail, and the Sun, as well as on the BBC’s breakfast news show.
This six-year-old from Cornwall was quickly becoming a little celebrity, and her parents were incredibly proud of her. They never imagined their daughter would become a star quite so early in life, but they were happy for her success.
Changing her ways
Whether or not Lily will attempt to trick her way into a day off school again is yet to be seen, but we wouldn’t put it past her. There are many more tests in her future, and they’re all going to be much harder than that spelling test she wanted to avoid.
However, one thing’s for sure, and that’s that she won’t be attempting to use chickenpox to skip school anymore. She’ll need to find something other than a red permanent marker to get what she wants from now on.