Going on a family vacation does not count as an excused absence from school. That seems reasonable, but what about the vacations with a purpose? Mike Rossi is a 47 year old father of two who ran in the 2015 Boston Marathon. The whole family made the trip from Rydal, Pennsylvania to cheer him on. However, the principal of the kids' school made it perfectly clear that Jack and Victoria would be marked with an unexcused absence.

Rossi posted his response to the letter on Facebook, and the story has now gone viral. His Twitter page has received plenty of attention as of late, especially one post where he refers to the principal's note as "nastygram."

Personally, I believe Rossi has every right to take his kids out of school for something so important as running the Boston Marathon. Maybe I'm biased because I'm from MA, but the Boston Marathon is a big deal. These kids will have the memory of their father crossing the finish line for the rest of their lives. And let's not forget about the 2013 Marathon and how families now pay their respects for the lives lost and the many injured in the bombing.

Bravo Mike Rossi. I'm glad you stood up for your children and the lessons learned in life's experiences.

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