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Oklahoma student plays hooky thanks to father's surprise visit


Gazette staff April 26th, 2007

Hopefully Zac Roberts will not get an unexcused absence for skipping out of class one day last week.   The second-grader at PleasantValeElementary School in Enid received ...

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Hopefully Zac Roberts will not get an unexcused absence for skipping out of class one day last week.

 

The second-grader at PleasantValeElementary School in Enid received one heck of a surprise birthday present when his father walked into the classroom. Army Reservist Sgt. Ray Roberts had been stationed in Afghanistan and just arrived back in Oklahoma when he decided to surprise his son at school.

 

The Enid News & Eagle reported Roberts walked into the room clapping his hands while Zac ran into Daddy's arms and held on tight. Roberts asked his son if he had been good and Zac replied, "Yes." Of course.

 

Earlier in the day, Roberts pulled the same surprise on Zac's older sister at PioneerHigh School. Zac's mother, Sheri Roberts, said a plan had been in the works for nearly a year to surprise their children with Daddy's homecoming.

 

Roberts, a member of the 95th Division in Oklahoma City, had been back in the United States a few days but was detained in Mississippi, the Eagle reported. He had been serving in Kabul, training the Afghan national army. He volunteered for duty in Afghanistan.

 

The homecoming took place four days before Zac's eighth birthday. The boy had not seen his father in a year. The newspaper reported Zac left school early that day to go home and wrestle with his dad.

 

There was no word Zac would receive an unexcused absence for cutting out of class before the bell rang. Hard to imagine a principal giving a student an absence mark for having a cool dad.

 
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