Friday, May 29, 2015

Mother of star student shackled over attendance

Although her ten year old son Sam was Student of the Month, Julia Giles was arrested and shackled because he had missed twelve days of school during the year.  According to a story at HLN Giles could face seven months in jail and a seven hundred dollar fine.
Giles said that she had kept Sam at home on one occassion because of a stomach bug and felt it unreasonable to have to take him to the doctor and pay a copay just for a note.

There are so many levels of wrong in this story that it's hard to know where to start. How would other parents feel about a child being sent to school sick simply because the parents could not afford a trip to the doctor for a stomach ailment? Attendance is important but are authorities justified in arresting the parent of a child who appears to be a top performer?

Giles and her husband are considering other education options for their son including home schooling and relocating.

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