The Free Thought Project reports that a Screven County, Georgia mother and substitute teacher Julie Giles was arrested and shackled because her honor roll son had unexcused absences which amounted to three.
She turned herself in when she discovered there was a warrant out for her arrest.
Her son Sam had – they thought 12 unexcused absences. Only 6 are allowed per year. The doctor issued 3 excuses that Sam , her 4th grader never turned in. He had been ill. In the end there were three too many and for that she was shackled.
After doing some research she found that other surrounding districts engage in other interventions before resorting to arrest.
WTOC-TV reported that the Superintendent is sticking by the arrest.
Screven County Schools Superintendent, William Bland, says this is not unusual, that they are following the law, and that “several” parents have already been convicted in these situations this school year, after not being able to work out a solution with school officials.
“It’s important for these children to be in school and I think the courts recognize that,” said Bland.
Mr. Giles wrote about the experience on her Facebook page.
“I am home. I was actually placed in ankle shackles!! I was told that doing so is procedure,” Giles posted. “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!!”
Keith Giles also commented on the situation on Facebook.
“It is a state law, but none of the other school districts enforce it this strictly. In my opinion they have denied my child and my wife due process,” he wrote. “All of the other counties have MANY more steps in the process. It is a clear abuse of power and needs to be addressed.”
She is due back in court July 14 and faces a fine and jail time.
She put the for sale sign out. Good idea!