There’s almost nothing you can do in this world to convince a recalcitrant teenager to do something he or she does not want to do. There are very few motivating factors that matter at that point in life, and oftentimes the call of sleep is louder than any other voice.
Teenagers are also very good at coming up with elaborate excuses for why they can’t do what is requested of them.
Zachary Towns, a young man in Grand Blanc Township, Michigan, is one of these resourceful teens. He told WEYI, “I’m pretty lazy can’t lie I like to sleep in.”
But his mother, Crystal Towns, has had just about enough of his sluggish antics. This wasn’t the first time she’d butted heads with Zachary over getting up for school, but it might end up being the last.
On this particular morning it was business as usual: According to Zachary, his sister had forgotten to wake him up, so his mom came into the room to get him out of bed.
“I woke him up,” Towns said. “He thought he was just going to not go and I said ‘nope you’re learning today boy.’”
“He blamed his sister for not waking him up, and I had it.” At the end of the line, she resorted to an interesting tactic.
“I don’t have time in the morning to have him missing the bus and not waking up on time because his sister didn’t wake him up or his alarm clock didn’t go up so I had it this morning,” Towns added. “I told him that if this kept occurring I would have to call the school cop and so that’s what I did.”
Fortunately, the resource officer was open to the idea and wanted to help out the desperate mother. The officer knocked on the door and told the kid, “I’m here to take you to school and you are riding in the back seat.”
“He wasn’t bad,” Towns said, referring to her son, “he just thought he was gonna not go to school again.”
“I don’t think I should have pushed my mom’s limits because that’s the 100th time I’ve done it this year,” the teen admitted in an interview. Perhaps he had a little time to think about his actions while riding in the back of the car.
“I wasn’t very shocked at all I was just like oh ok off to Dan,” he continued. “She does a lot of things like this.”
Based on his response, it’s difficult to tell if the lesson really sunk in or not, but he seems ready to change his ways.
“I did what I needed to do I would do it all over again and feel good about it,” she said.