When one California teacher received a note excusing her teenager's tardiness, she probably expected to read the usual excuses, such as that the girl was sick.
And sick she was, just not with the type of illness any doctor could recognize.
“Cara is tardy this morning as a result of a condition known as teenage-ism,” Nicole Poppic's letter, which she shared on Facebook, reads. "Adolescents across our great nation are afflicted, and there is no known cure."
“She suffered from an inability to remove herself from her bed, and also felt the need to talk back to her birth-giver," Nicole added.
The mother told the teacher Cara seemed to be doing better upon “recovering her senses after watching her cell phone fly out the car window.”
"Please call me if there's another flare-up," instructed Nicole to the teacher at the end of the letter.
Most found the letter amusing. Three weeks after it was posted, it had been shared more than 32,000 times on Facebook.
"Love it love it more parents need to do this that's what is wrong with teenagers today no discipline great job mom," commented one Facebook user.
Others took issue with the mother's punishment.
"Obviously the mom is as immature as the kid, then," wrote one Facebook user. "She has no concept of money. How many people can just afford to throw a smart phone out the window? And you don't even know if she bought it ... Who says the kid doesn't have a job and got it herself?"
"Trust me that will only teach her to hate you," the commenter added. "That it's okay to destroy someone's s--- if you're you're mad at them."
It's not the first amusing note a teacher has received that's captured national attention.
"Your bun is on fleek today, if that makes you feel any better after having to grade my quiz," wrote one child to her teacher, A Plus reports.