It was like any other morning trying to get a teenager out of bed, only with a little extra sauce—from mom. Nicole Poppic of Clarksburg, Calif., decided to write quite the detailed tardy note for her 14-year-old daughter, Cara, when the teen wouldn't get out of bed and mouthed off earlier this month. "Adolescents across our great nation are afflicted and there is no known cure," Poppic wrote in a note that quickly went viral on Facebook, thus far racking up about 33,000 shares and 4,500 likes. "Symptoms are multitudinous, but this particular morning [Cara] suffered from an inability to remove herself from her bed, and also felt the need to talk back to her birth giver."
Things got worse on the drive to school. When Cara donned her headphones to dodge the inevitable discussion about thinking of people other than herself, her mother threw the phone out the window, reports Mashable. (She later retrieved it and gave it back.) Then, when Cara refused to take the note to her school's attendance office, Poppic marched into the office with her daughter, where Cara was given a tardy slip. The daughter seems to have learned her lesson, as she admits to TODAY Parents that she was "ashamed of acting that way, because my teachers usually know me as the quiet, respectful student in the class, and I didn’t want them to think otherwise." Three weeks later, though, she says she's able to laugh about it. (Bruce Springsteen writes a good tardy note.)