She was found guilty Thursday of failing to cause a child under age 16 to attend school. She was placed on one year of probation with conditions that include her son “must attend school each and every day,” starting today, said justice of the peace Carl Young in Ontario Provincial Court.Wow (again).
“Such conduct is not acceptable,” he said.
School board officials must also be made aware of any medical conditions that would cause her son to miss school.
Her son’s attendance problems date back to 2007, the court heard.
He missed 20 days from May 26 to June 30, 2008 and has missed 12 days of this school year, from Sept. 14 to Wednesday.
She said her son would be absent again today because he has “pulled muscles."
This is so foreign to me, from the prosecution standpoint and the actual situation. I anecdotally hear all sorts of stories about tweens that are absent from school all the time (usually because the parents don't care and the kids just wander instead of showing up), but aren't prosecuted under the Education Act. Attendance counsellors, local PD and social workers are all involved, but in one memorable case from the time I was embedded in a classroom, one of the Grade 8 kids in the same school just rarely bothered to show up, period. No charges there.
It's also foreign because my parents would have never done this. From six to 19 (and beyond while in university) it was my job to go to school and everything else was secondary.
This is so very rare that a copy should go to every board and school in the province.