Honor Student Jailed for Absences from School

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  1. MandyPug

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    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/...school-truancy_n_1549160.html?ref=mostpopular

    All I can say is wow, poor kid.
     
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    How... out of all the things wrong with that situation, truancy is what brought attention to it? I mean, I guess I'm glad she's getting help now, but... talk about falling through the cracks.
     
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    Communication was needed here.

    As it is, the law is the law. While adjustments are made, one needs to communicate the issues at hand.
     
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    Yeah, I saw this last week...disgusting.

    Here we have a CHILD who needs help and what does she get? A jail sentence.
     
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    I'm actually not surprised they would do that, but lack of communication was definitely an issue here.

    Hopefully things work out for her.
     
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    Agree with Mia and Lyzelle.......communication was DESPERATELY needed here.

    If the school is aware of all the facts and still did this to her, a POX on them! :mad: Especially after seeing the recent ad campaign about high school drop outs.
     
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    I suppose they're using the Zero Tolerance umbrella to justify it?
     
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    Why are we outraged at the school but not the parents, again? At least the school's action has brought some attention to her situation and might get her some desperately-needed help. I almost wonder if that was their intention.
     
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    If the parents dumped her, there is really little that can be done on that front. They can just as easily say she wanted to stay there by herself. It's a heresay issue, unless there is any specific law abou a 17 yr old being out on their own.

    The only reason I know is Jin graduated his senior year alone, with both parents across the country. No one cared. He didn't want to live with either of them, let alone moving again.

    If she thought being on her own was better than with her parents, and they didn't cry "runaway" the parents are irrelevant. Scum, but irrelevant.
     
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    That is crap. In the UK, they fine the parents if the kids don't attend. Good in principle, pointless in practice!!!!
     
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    Except that she was also working two jobs to support her siblings. It wasn't clear exactly how old they are.
     
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    If she was considered of age to be their legal guardian, it's also irrelevant. Or, if they were technically in the care of someone else who was able to be considered a legal guardian, and she was simply helping in supporting them. It really depends on the area.
     
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    One of the siblings she's working to support is an older brother who goes to A&M... there's something really really backwards with that...
     
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    I was a pretty good student, but due to my absences, I was threatened with going to jail numerous times, along with being taken away from my mom. I hate the school system.
     
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    Wow. I've honestly never heard of sending a kid to JAIL for truancy. Crazy!!
     
  17. sillysally

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    My cousin was sent to juvenile detention for truancy. He was no honor student though.

    I blame the parents and the older sibling who are allowing her to be in this situation way more than the school. What do we want the school system to do, have different attendance policies for each student based on their living situation and classes? Forget the school-shame on the parents!!
     
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    From the article I read, the parents took off, so yes, definitely shame on them. Not asking for different attendance policies but perhaps look into way to HELP her instead of sending her to jail? What is the jail time proving? Its a "lesson" or punishment for what? working her butt off??
     
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    Fair enough, but the school didn't jail her, the court did. It was possible that the school either didn't know the full story or felt that the juvenile system might be able to offer some help. I'd also like to know what the sibling in college was doing about the situation.
     
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    Oh, yeah I dont blame the school (though I do think truancy laws are debatable but thats another story lol) but the judge who ruled it as long as the school was not aware of the situation.
     

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