wolfie -- yeah, pretty much. They were a bit hardcore on what they theoretically considered to be discipline (Jesuits), even on preposterous things like this. The net result is that they assume we are lying unless we can prove otherwise *immediately* (we were all young teens once. We were all saints and would never ever even consider deceiving them, right..? Right?). Note that if someone was out sick for a day, forgot to turn in their note first thing, and turned it in on the break between Homeroom and first period...BAM! PH-detention.
To be fair, tho, after that school spent years failing to teach me quote-unquote "discipline", college/university was a cakewalk. Tough place, academically. This was a good thing.
“Always remember: you’re braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think” - Christopher Robin