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Mom Arrested, Shackled, Jailed Because Her Honor Roll Son Had 3 Unexcused Absences at School

Screven County, Georgia – Mother and substitute teacher Julie Giles was arrested this week because her son had too many unexcused absences from public school.

Writing on her Facebook page before turning herself in, Giles said “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.”

She also noted that her child has all A’s and B’s in school.

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WTOC’s Don Logana contacted Screven County Schools Superintendent William Bland, who told him that the school district is working within the law.

“It’s important for these children to be in school and I think the courts recognize that,” he said.

Logana also learned during his investigation that several other parents have been convicted for the same offense at this school this year alone.

Luckily, Giles was quickly released, but now she will still need to appear in court to defend herself.

“I am home. I was actually placed in ankle shackles!! I was told that doing so is procedure. 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 wrote to WTOC when she returned home.

This is what public education looks like in a police state.


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  • Paul Klinger

    This is nuts.

  • Mark Davidson

    This is way off the rocker . you have something wrong with you comment site or you would be getting a lot more rebuttable . this seems par for the course . You are afraid to go after gang members and drug dealers but you babies take the time to put shackles on ladies legs . Shame on you great big bullies for showing your strength on the meek ladies of the community . If this is all you can mustard up , then you manly men need to take up a posh job . doing men jobs are way out of your league you big nasty’s .

    • Matthew Goss

      They did their job. If anything be pissed at the schools they did rhis to her.

  • Wendy J. Colby

    Whoever wrote these laws needs to UN write them. They are being misused.It was intended for kids who miss MONTHS of school because their folks are crack heads and such.Obviously, common sense is a thing of the past and the letter of the law outweighs the spirit now. Time to Abolish the law and get the courts and Law enforcement out of our schools

    • old woman

      Actually, I had an honest administrator (and the only one at that school who appeared not to have gone to the Hermann Goering school of education) tell me exactly why these rules were put in place when I had a daughter in school who had a lot of illnesses. He admitted that they are so concerned about attendance because their funding is calculated on student-days, so when kids are absent, they lose money. Of course.

  • l.p.

    I got a letter from the school system’s truancy office once when they claimed my son had three (THREE!) unexcused absences. I had proof that they were all excused but it turned out that the school hadn’t properly documented and filed the notes I had provided them each time he was absent. There was never any inquiry or notifications from the school itself, it just elevated to the truancy office right off the bat! Was SOOO thankful that I keep everything so it never came to anything but holy toledo, to receive a letter presuming you are guilty and threatening legal action etc before you have any opportunity to redeem yourself? These school systems are frightening at best. Part of why I home schooled my son for the last five years. I feel for this woman!

    • James Lewis Olin

      You took the legal option including Home school which we did too. The “mother” in this story has the socialist mind set: the rules don’t apply to her. No they are not acting on “3” unexcused. They are acting on “9” unexcused: they gave her GRACE on the first 6. If she can’t comply with their “system” she needs to find an alternative like Home School.

  • Sean Dooher

    Why are you Americans allowing this? You can bet if this was in Canada there would be 5000 people at that police station shutting it down! Way past the time to lock and load people! Take back your policies forces. It seems they are being trained under a New World Order agenda.

  • brad

    Last year of highschool I moved to a place where the only public bus would get me to school five minutes late. I would run into homeroom every day literally just before or just after they had called my name for attendance. So, either way, it was obvious I was there, at school, attempting to be on time. 6 latenesses (missing saying “here” when my name was called) in a semester meant every grade on the report card goes down one letter…..
    This isn’t of the caliber as a mom going to jail…. but these punishments of mom’s going to jail and students getting their report cards violated, how is this helping anyone? It’s very annoying when you hear people working at a school have intelligence lapses and can severely alter a kid’s life.

  • Tom Martin

    it is a government school, not a public school

  • catmom

    But…why was her kid absent 12 times? That’s a lot actually.

    • Sarah “FabAndBeautifulbySarah” Masters

      Probably illness. She said she had notes, which her son forgot to turn in. Pretty ridiculous.

  • Nick

    what kindof school was her son at? at what age?

  • Carol Bush

    It’s all about the money. each day your child is in school they get paid by the government. Missed days are money out of their pockets. They could care less about whether or not they’re learning.

  • William Russell

    Holy shit. When I was in school and you had X-Number of unexcused absences they made you go to summer school. If you didn’t get a 2.5 there you got held back a year. This is outrageous and stems directly from the rise of private prisons and their lobbying to criminalize EVERYTHING. Conflict of interest balls deep in Liberty’s ass.

  • Jo’lene Morgan

    This happens daily. Chico ca and Merced ca have the same rules only they cannot miss more than 7 days AT ALL a year. Not even if they are excused by a doctor. You have to take them to school to be counted (its all about the money ya know) And then after the first hour or so they can go back home. I have been having issues constantly because i have 3 special needs children. One has a heart condition, one has a skeletal deformity, the oldest has Aspergers and other issues. It really sucks because even when they need to go to the doctor the absence is excused but still illegal.

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