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Just Show Up and Avoid Arrest

July 14th, 2009 by admin · 5 Comments

It’s the ninth year that the county attorney’s office has had to send out officers to deliver summons to bad parents. Really, there’s no excuse for these people.

A news release from Mike O’Connell’s office explains that the parents of 39 elementary school aged kids, who have been warned repeatedly, now have the law after them simply because they won’t get their kids to school.

Woody Allen is credited with the quote,”80 percent of success is just showing up.” It’s not really that hard.

During the course of the program, O’Connell’s office has successfully prosecuted 133 parents for simply not getting their kids to school. Parents of 468 students got warnings in January, and 88 percent improved enough to get off the bad parent list. Prosecutors chose to charge 39 of the remaining 55 student parents.

The best record among this group missed 15 days without an excuse.

Those parents get no sympathy here.

Tags: Crime · Education · JCPS · Parenting

5 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Steve Bittenbender // Jul 14, 2009 at 11:48 am

    The parents do not, but the kids truly deserve our sympathy.

  • 2 Michael // Jul 14, 2009 at 12:17 pm

    Does “I’m a meth head loser who shouldn’t have kids ” count as an excuse?

  • 3 Carter Burger // Jul 14, 2009 at 2:48 pm

    My ex wife lived about a mile down the street from Zachery Taylor Elementary. I got a call one day that my daughter had 20 unexcused absenses and over 20 unexcused tardies and the school year was not half over! I immediatly got on the phone with my divorce attorney and he sent her a letter that if our daughter had just one more unexcused anything, I will be immediatly filing for custody. I wanted to file for custody but he said the court will give the parent one chance. Sometimes, one chance is too much. My daughter’s grades are just now recovering. I would have given anything for her to screw up one more time.

  • 4 debby // Jul 14, 2009 at 9:58 pm

    So easy to jump on the bandwagon. So hard to understand a very complex problem.

  • 5 Carter Burger // Jul 15, 2009 at 9:41 am

    Why don’t you explain it to us then, debby.