Ladye Hobson said she was at work when her son's school called.
“Ladye, this is Gayla. I just called to let you know that Brylan has made my day,” the Gatewood Elementary School principal said, according to Hobson.
“Oh dear Lord, I am so glad to hear you say that you are calling for a good reason,” she replied, relieved.
That is when the principal told Hobson that her son's teacher discovered a dead squirrel in his backpack.
"To say I am embarrassed is an understatement," Hobson wrote on her website. "I. Am. Mortified. A dead squirrel? Why is it in his backpack? How did the squirrel die? And WHY in the world would he try to keep this dead animal in his backpack?"
When the principal asked the boy why he picked up the dead squirrel, he had the most adorable response.
“I really wanted squirrel dumplings for dinner,” he said, according to Hobson.
The principal then asked if Hobson wanted the squirrel to come home with her son.
"Ya’ll, I had to explain that we are from the country, but we are not THAT country!" Hobson said.
Hobson said the principal then sent her a picture of the dead squirrel, saying "it looks so peaceful lying there in his bag."
When Hobson's son came home a couple of hours later, she said he was fighting tears.
“Mom I’m so sorry. I don’t know what I was thinking,” he told his mom.
But she wasn't even upset.
"I ask him if he’s learned his lesson, smile, and let him know that he gets a free pass on this one. I can’t even be mad at this point. He has made the principal’s day, after all," she said.
Hobson shared her story on Facebook, which has received more than 80,000 shares.