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

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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.

julia-gilesWTOC’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.