An Illinois fourth-grade student skipped school earlier this week to attend the Chicago Cubs' home opener, arriving at Wrigley Field with a sign that read: "Skipping school... Shh! Don't tell Principal Versluis."

Then the student, Tucker Steckman, ran into the principal at the game.

“I saw him and I was kind of ducking down,” Wells Elementary School principal Pat Versluis told The Chicago Sun-Times on Tuesday. "I didn’t want him to see me either."

Versluis told the newspaper that he called in sick Tuesday to attend the Cubs game with his son, a fifth-grader named Aiden. Steckman's parents told the school that Steckman was sick so they could all attend the game, which Chicago lost to the Pittsburgh Pirates, 8-5.

Versluis told The Chicago Sun-Times that Steckman's absence wouldn't be held against him.

"Doesn’t bother me. He’s a great kid. He was student leader of the year," Versluis said. "(And) I thought the sign was hilarious."

Contact Tom Schad at tschad@usatoday.com or on Twitter @Tom_Schad.