A Georgia woman was arrested last week after her son missed more days of school than the local district allows. She is out of jail and awaiting trial.
Julie Scott Giles of Screven County, Ga., said on her Facebook page earlier this month she received a certified letter that her son Sam had six more unexcused absences–absences without a doctor’s note–than the district allows per year.
If anyone feels the need to go public with this feel free to do so….the facts are Sam originally had what they consider 12 unexcused absences, 6 are allowed per year, so he had 6 more than is acceptable, but the doctor reissued 3 excuses that Sam didn’t turn in, so basically I am being arrested for THREE days.
Giles ultimately turned herself in to the Screven County Sheriff’s Office and described her experience on Facebook. “I am home. I was actually placed in ankle shackles!! I was told that doing so is procedure,” Giles wrote. “I was respectful and followed directions. Sheriff Mike Kile allowed me to leave after being booked and photographed without having to call a bondsman. I will call tomorrow to get my court date. Thanks for the support!!”
Giles has a court date on July 14. She could be facing a fine of $25 to $100 for each unexcused absence, plus possible jail time.
William Bland, the Screven County Schools Superintendent, told WTOC that arresting parents for excessive unexcused school absences is not an unusual practice. “It’s important for these children to be in school and I think the courts recognize that,” Bland said.
Giles will be on Fox and Friends Friday, and she wrote an additional post thanking those who have expressed their support:
I just cannot express how full my heart is right now!! The pouring out of love and support has overwhelmed my heart! The kindness that has been shown to me by family, friends, and strangers is nothing short of miraculous! My cup runneth over. My heart is happy! Hopefully the lesson learned here is that just because you CAN do something to someone doesn’t mean you SHOULD.
I never imagined myself being arrested or being locked in ankle shackles, but I cannot think of a better reason to be put in them than being the mother my boys NEED me to be! I wonder how the powers that be that were involved in this would feel seeing their wives, mothers, daughters, or sisters in shackles? Maybe they should think it over…
h/t: EAG News
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