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Old 19.05.2015, 10:28
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Mom arrested for son missing school (US)

Just read this article which makes me think I must be integrating into Switzerland quite well, because I can't see why people are upset about the situation??

In a nutshell son was absent from school 12 times without proper reason (later reduced to 9 as doctors notes were issued), apparently 6 is allowed so 3 above the allowance but still 9 total, so Mom is duly arrested for allowing this, but the seems to think there are no grounds for being arrested, because why should she be arrested for her son missing school and that he is a honor roll student??

With a Swiss perspective you broke the rules so there are consequences which are clearly defined, the article is trying to say she is arrested for 3 unexcused absences but it's actually 9. Okay maybe putting her in leg shackles was a bit much but if that is standard police procedure then it has to be done, she was quickly released without a bond.

Am I missing something that makes this a really bad thing or is it just a cultural difference between Switzerland and USA??
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Old 19.05.2015, 10:59
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Re: Mom arrested for son missing school (US)

It has become a concern of some politicians that far too many people are being arrested in America for things they shouldn't be arrested for. Even Bill Clinton admitted that his administration went to far in enacting laws that throw people in prison that shouldn't be there.

It's a sad situation.

http://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2...-incarceration
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Old 19.05.2015, 11:42
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Re: Mom arrested for son missing school (US)

I don't understand what the problem is? they didn't arrest her, there was likely a bench warrant issued for her arrest (which means she would only be arrested if the police stopped her in connection with another offense). she turned herself in, was promptly released without need to post bail, and will no doubt appear before a judge and be assessed a fine as penalty for her presumably minor son exceeding the absence limit for school.



I suspect in Switzerland, as in many other countries, the mother simply would have been assessed a fine. for better or worse, however, in the US a fine cannot be assessed without "due process", meaning the mother must be granted a hearing before a judge before the state can issue a fine. in most cases, she could have waived the right to a hearing, plead guilty and simply paid the fine, but she opted for the publicity instead.

P.S. interesting that the article never bothers to mention why her child missed that much school.
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Re: Mom arrested for son missing school (US)

It's been the same in the UK now for some years.

Why do they miss so much school? Any excuse for some parents, from the top of my head a few I had to deal with:

- shopping for trainers
- hairdresser's (at 10 am and all day taken off)
- piercing or tatoo appointment
- holiday abroad much cheaper than during school hols
- off peak day off at the attraction park

the list is endless. Sadly, it is too often the children who need help and support with school who miss so many days for no good reason. Two of my students didn't turn up for their GCSE exams (main exams at the end of compulsory schooling) due to holidays abroad taken in the middle of exams.
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Old 19.05.2015, 12:48
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Re: Mom arrested for son missing school (US)

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It's been the same in the UK now for some years.

Why do they miss so much school? Any excuse for some parents, from the top of my head a few I had to deal with:

- shopping for trainers
- hairdresser's (at 10 am and all day taken off)
- piercing or tatoo appointment
- holiday abroad much cheaper than during school hols
- off peak day off at the attraction park

the list is endless. Sadly, it is too often the children who need help and support with school who miss so many days for no good reason. Two of my students didn't turn up for their GCSE exams (main exams at the end of compulsory schooling) due to holidays abroad taken in the middle of exams.
I'm sure if the teachers took mid-term holidays and skipped classes there'd be outrage!
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Old 19.05.2015, 13:13
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Re: Mom arrested for son missing school (US)

Well yes - one of the reasons I finally gave up my teaching job- as OH could NOT take school holidays, once our kids had left home, and I was of course unable to take time off at any other time- quite naturally.
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