Fed-Up Mother Calls Police on Son Who Refused To Get Out of Bed for School


There are very few things 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 motivators 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 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 individuals. He told WEYI, “I’m pretty lazy can’t lie I like to sleep in.”

But his mother, Crystal Towns, had 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 could be the last.

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On this particular morning it was business as usual: According to Zachary, his sister had forgotten to wake him up, so his mom had to come in and get him instead.

“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 her rope, she decided to appeal to a higher authority.

“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.”

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Fortunately, the resource officer was amenable to the idea and helped out the desperate mother. The officer knocked on the door and told the teen, “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.”

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Based on his response, it’s difficult to tell if the lesson really sunk in or not, but if it didn’t, Town’s ready to call out this repeat offender if need be.

“I did what I needed to do I would do it all over again and feel good about it,” she said.

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Amanda holds an MA in Rhetoric and TESOL from Cal Poly Pomona. After teaching composition and logic for several years, she's strayed into writing full-time and especially enjoys animal-related topics.
As of January 2019, Amanda has written over 1,000 stories for The Western Journal but doesn't really know how. Graduating from California State Polytechnic University with a MA in Rhetoric/Composition and TESOL, she wrote her thesis about metacognitive development and the skill transfer between reading and writing in freshman students.
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