Thank you to all those who responded to our story headlined 'Excuses, excuses, excuses' (Young Post, September 23) and sent in the excuses that got them off the hook - or in trouble - recently at school. If you didn't sent in any, what was your excuse, huh? Students from Leung Shek Chee College seem keen to share with Young Post readers their 'stories', some of which are frankly extraordinary. But first, of the entries that we received, Cindy Wai's list of excuses has to be the best. It includes: 'I brought the wrong kit for my PE lesson because there was a mix up with my mother's bag and she took mine to work', 'I was late because the lift did not work and I needed to climb down 30 floors', and 'I couldn't hand in my homework since the exercise book I ordered has yet to be delivered to me.' Cherry Li also came up with a good one: 'I had to make a recording for my oral presentation homework. Unfortunately, I ate some spicy food that day and could hardly utter a word afterwards. Thus I was unable to hand in my homework.' If you think that is quite inventive, here are some more from Leung Shek Chee College that are so elaborate they score points just for trying. 'Last Monday, during my needlework class I realised I forgot to bring the apron that I had to hand in. So I told my teacher the following story,' wrote Fiona Yeung Yuen-sin. 'I put the apron into my schoolbag and I thought what a wonderful apron I have made. However, when I got on the bus, I saw a six-year-old girl sitting next to me, crying. At first, I gave her a tissue but it appeared she just couldn't stop crying. 'She told me it was her mother's birthday but she couldn't find a present for the occasion. She said her mother's apron was recently torn and she has not had a decent meal since. It was then the girl spotted my apron in my bag and asked if I could sell it to her. When I refused, she made such a scene other passengers started to stare at me as if I was bullying her. 'I didn't know what to do so I tried getting off the bus but the passengers didn't allow me. Since I didn't want to be late for school I gave my apron to the little girl. That is the reason why I couldn't hand in the apron on time!' While Amy Chung came up with this sci-fi excuse: 'One morning, I was late for school and, of course, I had a reason. I was asleep as usual and, suddenly, I heard a loud noise coming from the windows. It woke me up and I saw a huge object flying around outside. 'Then, an ET came out from the flying object and said: 'Follow me please!' My body was out of control and started flying towards the ET. I was abducted by space aliens! At one point a friendly ET showed a contract entitled: 'Keeping peace with Extraterrestrial and Earth people.' For the safety of our planet, I signed it. Afterwards, I was taken back home. Unfortunately, it was already 9am! 'This was what I told my teacher as being the reason for me being late. But at least I've saved the world!' We doubt it got Amy anywhere though. Anyway, here is one simple (and more credible) excuse that seems to work magic every time when you have forgotten to do your homework: 'Today? But I thought it was for tomorrow!' Some of the students' quotes have been edited.