sick days get mom arrested

Honor Roll Son’s Sick Days Get Mom Arrested

Honor Roll Son’s Sick Days Get Mom Arrested

sick days get mom arrested

When your child is sick, as a mom you know if he or she is should take one of their sick days. But are they always sick enough to go to a doctor? If not, why can’t a note from their parent be sufficient for a school to accept a child’s absence? That is the real question at the heart of a recent event in Sylvania Georgia that saw a boy’s mother arrested and put in ankle shackles over the lack of a medical note. This despite the fact that the boy is an honor student and was provided with notes for the majority of the 12 times he missed school this year.

Sick Days Get Mom Arrested

Julie Giles contends that she should be able to keep her son at home if she feels he is too sick to go to school, and providing a parent’s note should be sufficient.  When he was sick enough to go to the doctors, and once to ER, she provided a note from the doctor. But when he simply needed to be home resting, she would send him back to school with a note from her own hand. But in Georgia, as in several other states, excessive school absences without a doctor’s note can be considered a form of child neglect and result in jail time.

Mother’s Note Should Be Enough

Giles says that a mother’s note should be sufficient when a child is home sick. Not every illness needs a doctor and the co-pays can be draining for family funds. The National Association of Parents agrees. Spokesperson David DeLugas says that school districts “should trust the parents, unless you have reason to believe otherwise.” The association has taken on the case on behalf of Julie Giles. She could face as much as seven months in jail from the charges. Surprisingly, even the school superintendant is in support of Giles and says she has an excellent case. Time will tell, for the case will be in court on July 14th.

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