Tuesday, May 26, 2015

GA mom arrested for son missing 12 school days

Truancy Law Goes Too Far When Georgia Mom Is Arrested - Lina Bryce, Libertarian Republic:

May 26, 2015 - "Julie Giles, a Georgia mother of two said she was arrested and placed in shackles because her 10-year-old son had too many unexcused absences from school.

"She received a warrant for her arrest the day before Mothers’ Day because her fourth-grade son, Samuel, who happens to be an honor-roll student, missed 12 days for illness – twice the amount that is permissible by the school district....

"Giles said that she turned herself in and was placed in ankle shackles, which she was told was part of the procedure. Although she was not fingerprinted, she says that she was booked and had her mug shot taken before she was able to leave on her own recognizance.

"Far from being a criminal, Giles has also worked as a substitute teacher for the school district. Her son is an honor-roll student, who just days after his mother was arrested, was presented with his prize for being 'Student of the Month'....

"Giles is scheduled to appear in court on July 14 and as a result of all the media attention surrounding her case, she is currently receiving free legal aid from the National Association of Parents....

"Elizabeth Marie McKeithan from Brunswick County, North Carolina was jailed for 15 days in 2010 for violating a 36-probation sentence for a riot truancy case when her child missed 11 days of school.

"In 2014, a parent was arrested in Jacksonville, Florida for missing too many days of school, when his child suffered from epilepsy and another mother was arrested in Chesterfield, VA last year for her child’s excessive absences as well.

"In the past two years, the parents of 30 Alameda County, CA children were dragged into Superior Court and charged with violating state truancy laws.

"Last year, a Philadelphia mother of 7 was found dead in her cell who was jailed for outstanding truancy fines....

"Often these laws are set in place with the intention of being for the well-being of the children, as well as their parents, but what it essentially works to do is the opposite - often times having impacted the most poor families who will face legal fees and absence from their children."

Read more: http://thelibertarianrepublic.com/truancy-law-goes-too-far-when-georgia-mom-is-arrested/
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