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.
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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