This should NOT happen. Julie Giles was issued an arrest warrant. There’s some disagreement as to whether she was handcuffed and arrested. From Whiskey Tango Foxtrot (h/t A Conservative Christian Man – Paul Lemmen)
You see, according to the compulsory attendance policy at her kid’s public school in Georgia, the district will magnanimously allow a parent to keep their kid home from school up to five times in a year without a doctor’s note. Once they exceed that magically arbitrary fifth “unexcused” absence, every succeeding incident must be specifically prescribed by a medical professional. Even if the parent feels the child should stay home, the school will not allow it unless a doctor agrees. Otherwise, the parent could be thrown in jail, which is a totally reasonable response.
The Blaze is on it, so Glen Beck will ring the gong about this. But how many other parents have been likewise harassed? My wife and I got a letter or two over the years, including one for tardys. The problem? The very long “car rider line.” By the time my kids got in the door of the school, the first bell had rung. Of course no actual teaching started for about 30 minutes, so you’d think the school would take a common sense approach.
I have experience in the public school system as an educator. Schools are not filled with common sense. Schools have become factories in which the teachers are middle managers, pressed to create greater output from the workers. Never mind that high performing students are bored, and under performing students are given little opportunity to improve their basic skills. We teach to the test. If one of our workers is absent, they could easily miss the drill which we’ve scheduled for the two months before the final exam.
As our betters in government and public policy start to ease their way into our lives, what is next?