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October 20th, 2008
09:50 PM ET

Punishing Parents when Students Skip

Part of the reason I didn't skip school:  I was afraid of what would've happened if my mom found out.  And she's a teacher, so she knows every trick students use to get out of class.  (Plus, she knew some of the teachers at my high school.  Let's just say it was in my best interest to show up.)

But I knew some people who didn't show up.  And after you see the truancy report in Tuesday's show, you might ask, "Why should a parent get punished when skipping is the student's fault?"  The answer may be in the statistic:  Investigator Jones says 70 percent of the parents who get in trouble, get their kids back in school.  So if punishing parents works...

Carl Azuz, Anchor


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  1. Joy

    It works, so it might be great! But the punishment, like $100, could be too harsh on those parents. I mean, if they need to earn much more for this, how could they still keep an eye on their children?

    October 21, 2008 at 12:40 am |
  2. D@nielle

    I think that if the students skip school after the student has left the house, the parent shouldn't be penalized.

    October 21, 2008 at 2:22 am |
  3. Tiffany

    That's strange! You should punish the kid! What a "spectacular" idea!

    October 21, 2008 at 4:13 am |
  4. melissa

    In my school they always skip classes. I think that arresting the parents are making the kids think twice about skipping school.

    October 21, 2008 at 5:55 am |
  5. David

    The parents are the legal representative for the children, in charge of their upbringing. So, it is quite normal that parent had been punished.
    But, i think the government must be behind the parents to help them if they are overwhelmed

    October 21, 2008 at 7:43 am |
  6. John

    I think that it's a good idea to talk to the parents because the students wouldn't be able to skip that much school without being caught and sent back to school by their parents.

    October 21, 2008 at 8:02 am |
  7. Marshall

    I think that it is good for the parents to get arrested if they don't send the kids to school.

    October 21, 2008 at 8:04 am |
  8. Kate

    I think it is horrible that parents would let there kids skip school. it is such a bad influence to their kids and putting their children at stake.

    October 21, 2008 at 8:05 am |
  9. Hannah

    I think that it is kind of different that the parents that are punished for the kids not being at school unless it is the parents fault. Isnt the court kinda to extreme? I dont know..

    October 21, 2008 at 8:05 am |
  10. Ace

    i dont like it parents should have a choice if they want a good ecuication for there kids

    October 21, 2008 at 8:06 am |
  11. Abby

    I think it's a very well thought out idea, but I do think it's kind of extreme.

    October 21, 2008 at 8:06 am |
  12. Caroline

    I think it's good to punish parents when they don't send their kids to school because it motivates the kids to go to school.

    October 21, 2008 at 8:06 am |
  13. Anabel

    I think that it's good to try to make kids go to school.But maybe not punishing the parent's by taking them to jail. Do something else instead.

    October 21, 2008 at 8:06 am |
  14. kathleen

    I think that it is cool that the parents get to take the blame but sad at the same time because the teens have to face there parents going into jail.

    October 21, 2008 at 9:23 am |
  15. Cailean

    I think that if kids don't go to there parents shouldn't go to court for it. Thats is to harsh.

    October 21, 2008 at 9:23 am |
  16. Sean

    I can see how this works. But if some kids consider themselves like rulers of the house this might just might make matters worse. But it does seem to work!

    October 21, 2008 at 9:24 am |
  17. Bobo!

    I think that this is a not very good rule because the parents aren't always responsible because in some situations it would be the students fault. Even if it is the parents fault the parents should be able to choose if they want their kids to go to school or not.

    October 21, 2008 at 9:24 am |
  18. Lyssa

    I think that parents shoud keep on seending kids to school more often then keeping them home.

    October 21, 2008 at 9:24 am |
  19. Alex

    i think its mean to put people in jail........i think its the kids fault... : )

    October 21, 2008 at 9:25 am |
  20. Matt

    I thought it was a little harsh to go to court if your kid misses school and it might not even be the parents fault there kid skip. I don't think all the time its the parents fault but it works.

    October 21, 2008 at 9:25 am |
  21. morgan

    i think its fair as long as the its the parents fault. but if the parents are sending their kids to school but the kids are leaving school once they get there i think the kids should be punished.

    October 21, 2008 at 9:25 am |
  22. Anna

    I don't think that it's very fair. I mean, sometimes students might be skipping school without the parents knowing.

    October 21, 2008 at 9:25 am |
  23. Addie

    i don't think it is rite to punish the parents if the kids are skipping school... i mean its one thing if the parents don't want to send their kids to school.

    ~Addie

    October 21, 2008 at 9:26 am |
  24. Brittani

    I think that the kids are actually killing their brain cells by skipping school but unless the parents are making them stay home than I think that they should be punished

    October 21, 2008 at 9:37 am |
  25. annie

    I think its a great idea because even if it is the kids fault the parents should do something because the parents are in charge until the child is 18. I just think maybe the parents didn't do something right. And it works!!!!!

    October 21, 2008 at 9:53 am |
  26. Max

    I think it is unfair to parents because it is not there fault that there students are not going ot school or playing hookey. That is the sudents choice. But not sending your kids to school is bad.

    October 21, 2008 at 9:53 am |
  27. Colin

    I think its not really far and wrong. Because if the parents are sending there kids to school and then the kids skip it really stinks for the parents. But if the parents are not sending the kids to school then it's just wrong and they deserve to be in jail if thats the case. I just really think it's weird.

    October 21, 2008 at 9:53 am |
  28. Anonymous

    I think it's good to tell the kids to go to school because it is good to learn and go to college and high school but is is sorta over the top to go to jail but it teaches the parents to make them go to school.

    October 21, 2008 at 9:54 am |
  29. Tyler

    I think that kids should have to decided wether or not they should have to go to school. other wise it is not freedom.

    October 21, 2008 at 10:19 am |
  30. Todd

    Parents should not be getting into trouble from there children skipping school unless they know that they are and do nothing about it, that said if they do know they should be put on probation or into jail.

    October 21, 2008 at 10:20 am |
  31. Shawn

    i think that punishing parents will work because the kids love there parents and will feel bad for them and go to school

    October 21, 2008 at 10:20 am |
  32. Brian

    I think that is bad because you got to go to school every day and you should never lie to your parents.

    October 21, 2008 at 10:21 am |
  33. Asia

    It is a good way to make kid aware that its not just them who are going to be at fault.

    October 21, 2008 at 10:21 am |
  34. brittany

    i think it isnt really the parents falt that their children are not going to school. They mi ght not even now if their kids went to school or not.

    October 21, 2008 at 10:21 am |
  35. jalen

    Ok i think that the parents should be punished but only if its drastic and they don't even try to make the kids go. but the rest should be on the kids.

    October 21, 2008 at 10:22 am |
  36. jakob

    Punishing parents for what there kids do is not right. The kids are the ones who skip let them pay the price. If the kids skip they are the ones who are doing the wrong.

    October 21, 2008 at 10:22 am |
  37. Tyler

    Parents and kids should not get to skip school at all. They should have to go to school. Seriously, who wouldn't want to make their life better.

    October 21, 2008 at 10:22 am |
  38. maddison

    I think that parents should not get punished for when the kids skip school. I think that because I think it would be the children's fault if they miss school.

    October 21, 2008 at 10:22 am |
  39. Lindsey:)

    I don't think parents should get in trouble in there student does not go to school. Some students would keep doing it if it was there parents getting in trouble instead of them. I don't think it is right for parents to get in trouble for there students mistake.

    October 21, 2008 at 10:23 am |
  40. Alexander

    I think that this is a great idea. It's not right for parents to let their kids go to school. And if they do it they should be punished and so should the kids too. Even though it's mostly the parents fault, the kids still had a part in it.

    October 21, 2008 at 10:24 am |
  41. Christina

    I think that punishing parents is a good wake up call for parents and there kids so they will take it more to heart.

    October 21, 2008 at 10:24 am |
  42. LeAndra

    I do not think it is right for parent to tell there kid not to go to school because I think school is auctley really fun.

    October 21, 2008 at 10:24 am |
  43. justin

    if it works then it should happen in all of the states and might help with bringing down the number of dropouts

    October 21, 2008 at 10:25 am |
  44. ??UC

    i think that is wrong but it is their child they do sort of have a right to do what they want with them even tho they cant entirely

    October 21, 2008 at 10:25 am |
  45. Jordan

    Punishing parents when students skip school is a good thing. When the parents get in trouble it helps the students get back in school. If 70% of the parents get in trouble then that means that the parents are more encouraging to their kids. Also, care about them to stay in school and get a good education.

    October 21, 2008 at 10:25 am |
  46. Brandon

    Yes, I do think that is right for the perants beacuse there kids sould go to school and then say home and do not do need thing. Kids sould lrean in the school.

    October 21, 2008 at 10:26 am |
  47. Drew

    Punishing parents when students skip is good because if they don't send students to school.

    October 21, 2008 at 10:26 am |
  48. Zachery

    I been throw all of that its not fun at all not just going to court I had to get held back also. So go to school. When u miss work u try to make that up and u miss some thing up you will find your self trying to climb out of a hole.

    October 21, 2008 at 10:26 am |
  49. Devin

    I think that they are doing the right thing for putting parents in jail if they are not making there kids go to school because if kids dont have a school education then they wont go anywere in life and it will be all there falt

    October 21, 2008 at 10:27 am |
  50. Mitch

    I don't think it's right cause the kids can tell their mom or dad if they want to go to school and they can find a way to go to school like a neighbor can take them if the parent can't. Also they can ride the school bus it's not like the parent are saying no to them goin to school.

    October 21, 2008 at 10:28 am |
  51. Alexandria

    I don't think they should punish the parent. One because it is the students fault and if the don't want the credits its their career!

    October 21, 2008 at 10:28 am |
  52. Kelsee

    Well i think that it is the child falt and the parents that the child didn't go to school because if a child doesn't go to school it would be there falt cause they don't want to go to school andn learn more and it is the parents falt cause there letting it happen.

    October 21, 2008 at 10:29 am |
  53. Josh

    I don't know why the world keeps on doing this stuff to torment the parents. It should be the kids fault for not showing up at school. Some of the parents cant control their kids... So these schools must be on steroids or something.

    October 21, 2008 at 10:29 am |
  54. Kylie

    Well on this I don't agree with it because yeah the parents can make the kids go to school but the kids are the ones not going to school not the parents so they should not get in trouble for the students not going to school.

    October 21, 2008 at 10:30 am |
  55. Krista

    I think that should only apply to children under 12 because teens know they have to go to school and get a good education and it is there job to do so. Parents should not be punished for there students missing, skipping school.

    October 21, 2008 at 10:31 am |
  56. Devon

    I think if the kid played hooky more than 2 times I think the parent would know about it. So if they keep on letting them get away with it they should just say you are going to school because your not going to miss another day only if you are really sick.

    October 21, 2008 at 10:33 am |
  57. Scott

    who cares if it works it isn't right it's not the parents job to be in school and on time.

    October 21, 2008 at 10:37 am |
  58. Isaac

    I think that it is wrong to let there kids play hooky a lot each year and its it good for the police to punish them for doing that.

    October 21, 2008 at 11:20 am |
  59. Joey

    I think that it's good for the parents to get punished for keeping their kids from school because it's good for kids to get an education.

    October 21, 2008 at 11:20 am |
  60. Hannah

    I think that this strategy works because if the parents get punished then they will be more insistent that their kids go to school. And if the parents don't know then the parents will find out and they will get notified.

    October 21, 2008 at 11:20 am |
  61. Ellie

    I think that missing one day of school is ok, but missing to many school
    days would be pretty hard to make up all the work you have missed. And for the parents keep track of when your kids are absent.

    October 21, 2008 at 11:21 am |
  62. skippy

    I think kids should have one day a year off from school so it would take away the urge of skiping.

    October 21, 2008 at 11:21 am |
  63. Aimee

    I don't think that they should put the parent in jail because it will not help the fact that the child is skipping they'll just make up an excuse next time like he/she is sick. I think that if the child misses over 7 days of school then the police of that town should come and take the child to school and then the student will get embarrassed and will learn to go to school and not skip it. It's the kids fault!!! Don't punish somebody's parent for there mistake!!!!!

    October 21, 2008 at 11:22 am |
  64. Lauren

    I think that 30 days in jail is a little much for 120 days of school missed.
    However, I think this is a very effective method and a lot of parents are taking to it.

    October 21, 2008 at 11:22 am |
  65. Courtney

    I think that the parents should not let there children skip school, and should be arrested for not sending them. But if the children skip it is the child's fault.

    October 21, 2008 at 11:23 am |
  66. Addie

    I don't think truancy is good because than then when the student grows up they wont have knowledge to know what is right and wrong. They wont have much money because they don't have enough knowledge or credits to get a job that pays.

    October 21, 2008 at 11:23 am |
  67. Rachel

    i really don't feel as though they need to punish the parents if the kids are the ones who skip school. Unless they parents are actually forcing them to stay home then I don't think they need to be punished. It's the kids fault if they skip school. i mean most of the parents of the kids don't even know that their kids aren't going to school because they get off the bus and run somewhere else besides school.

    October 21, 2008 at 11:23 am |
  68. SAYER

    i think it pointless to do so because the parent has alot to do expecely if the parents are single that unfair and come on skipping a little school is not that bad unless you skip alot on a regular basic

    October 21, 2008 at 11:26 am |
  69. Meriel

    I think thats good because if they want to have their kids skip school they should call in and say that their kids are sick and in most schools you have 15 or something sick days so that way they could only skip or be sick
    15 or so times.
    ps don't put this on the show.

    October 21, 2008 at 11:53 am |
  70. Allison

    I think that the whole idea for having the parents of truant children is a good, yet bad thing to do. The bad part is maybe the parents have to work all day and are only home at night.Then they don't know if their kids are going to school or not unless they get a call from the school. And the good part about it is that some parents just sit there and watch them do anything they want to all day when they should be at school.

    October 21, 2008 at 11:55 am |
  71. Nik

    Muffin is cool............. some of my friends skip school no comment and ya so it should be a law to not skip school.

    October 21, 2008 at 12:01 pm |
  72. jaime

    i think that is really unfair as some students skip with out there parents knowing

    October 21, 2008 at 1:06 pm |
  73. Matthew

    Yes, even if it is the kids problem, the parents wshould be punished! They need to learn how to PUNISH their kids. I pushed a kid and I did't get T.V. for 2 weeks. If I skipped school, I would be in some HUGE trouble. Paernts need to learn how to swallow their pride and make their kids pay the price.If kids skip school, their grades my go down the toilet.....

    October 21, 2008 at 1:09 pm |
  74. David

    I think these parents are at fault because they should controll there children and if they dont they should go to parenting classes.

    October 21, 2008 at 1:24 pm |
  75. Nick

    Yes I think this will teach parents to actually do the right thing. There kids should be going to school even if they don't want to. So they shouldn't hold there kids back and at home.

    October 21, 2008 at 2:08 pm |
  76. Samantha

    I think that they shouldn't punish the parents because the parents should have a right to let their children skip school because what if the parents are really busy and they need to have there kids stay home.Plus the kids would probably like it that they get to stay home.

    October 21, 2008 at 3:57 pm |
  77. Gabby

    Parnets shouldn't be punished for your child actions. It common if it a child dosen't want to something, it won't so it the childs fault not the parnets.

    October 21, 2008 at 4:51 pm |
  78. Gabby

    But yet again the parnets were not reneforcing it so they might of thought that they didn't have to go

    October 21, 2008 at 4:52 pm |
  79. Perla

    I don't think punishing parents could be a nice thing at all. It could be bad cuz' of our thoughts.

    October 21, 2008 at 5:00 pm |
  80. Perla

    I don't think punishing parents could be a nice thing at all. It could be bad, we can't just punish them for that, unless your responsible for yourself.

    Thank you

    October 21, 2008 at 5:07 pm |
  81. Addie

    I dont think it is right that if the child decides to skip school the parents should take the blame. But I also think that the parent should have tought there kid it was wrong to skip school. I belive a surtin amound of days missed should result to the punishment. Just dont skip school and it will solve all the problems.

    October 21, 2008 at 6:12 pm |
  82. Addie

    Dont punish the parents, punish the kids. Than the kids can teach the parents.

    October 21, 2008 at 6:15 pm |
  83. Richard

    i think it's good they deserve it and they want there kids to be smart right so why are they jeperdising there childrens education. it's not smart

    October 21, 2008 at 7:28 pm |
  84. Deja

    I think that its right to punish the parents if they're not sending their kids to school but if the kids are cutting without their parents knowing, then it should lay on the students shoulders.

    October 21, 2008 at 7:54 pm |
  85. Tricia

    i think it's a good idea because if they're letting their kids skip for no apparent reason them and their kids should know that the parent can go to jail. That would scare me to go to school.

    October 21, 2008 at 8:52 pm |
  86. chet

    I think that this could work better than what we have been doing, but it shouldn`t all be blamed on the parents.

    October 21, 2008 at 8:57 pm |
  87. Ana

    I think that it is good to punish the parents because if they don't send their child to school that mean that they don't care what they do .

    October 21, 2008 at 10:58 pm |
  88. Dave

    If I was truent (which I would rather not be) I sure wouln't want my parents in jail.

    October 21, 2008 at 11:41 pm |
  89. Joyce

    It might seem unfair to some people, but it seems to work.
    Children need good education so they could be successful in the future.
    That's why they send children to school to learn things..
    But maybe some people never thought about it.

    October 22, 2008 at 2:34 am |
  90. Aaron

    I think that it is a good way to make kids come to school.

    October 22, 2008 at 9:37 am |
  91. Connor

    I think it was a great idea to make shore the kids get to school so they won't get in jail.

    October 22, 2008 at 9:37 am |
  92. cassandra

    I think this is a good idea that the parents get a chance and not just go to jail.

    October 22, 2008 at 9:38 am |
  93. Kiera

    I think that if so many people are dropping out of high school because of parents and this strategy is working, I think that is great. But I don't think always putting parents in jail is good, I think they should just go with probation.

    October 22, 2008 at 9:39 am |
  94. fiona

    I really don't think it is a good idea to put parents in JAIL for this! I think that might be a little to extreme. But if this strategy is working then i guess they should keep doing it.

    October 22, 2008 at 9:39 am |
  95. Kota

    I think that in some cases this is a good thing, but also i think that in other cases they should really be cracking down on the kids. Some times kids make it really hard for them to force there kids to go to school. But some parents dont really care to much and they deserve it.

    October 22, 2008 at 9:40 am |
  96. Jo

    Now the kids will have to keep their parents out of jail. Weird.

    October 22, 2008 at 9:40 am |
  97. Lea

    I really don't get it because it seems like they are trying to cut down on sending people to jail but now that they are doing this they are sending more and more people. I don't think they should be sending parents to jail when there kids aren't going to school what they should be doing is letting the parents go home and send there kids to school.

    October 22, 2008 at 9:40 am |
  98. Bologna

    They should punish parents because kids are under THEIR control.

    October 22, 2008 at 9:41 am |
  99. Oscar

    I think this program is a real good program i mean Thousands of kids skipped school for many days, weeks , and Moths and 70% of the Parents send there kids to school now thats cool and maby some of the kids just did not go maby it was not the parents who knows?

    October 22, 2008 at 9:41 am |
  100. samuel

    i don't think it is bad i wouldn't punish the parents but if they had there child at home for 35 day's that is a problem but going to jail is to harsh

    October 22, 2008 at 9:42 am |
  101. Gimme

    Wow i think that program is smart, and that the should be on the look out everywhere in the USA. The parents are getting what they deserve! Plus the students will benefit from it later, with better intelligentsias and a better life style.

    October 22, 2008 at 9:45 am |
  102. clark

    i don't think that this a good idea, it isn't the parents fault that the kids are skipping school

    October 22, 2008 at 9:46 am |
  103. Joe

    I think this is a good idea but i also think perents should chouse if their kid go to school or not.

    October 22, 2008 at 11:34 am |
  104. Jack

    I think that this will help students get a better
    education and keep more people out of jail

    October 22, 2008 at 11:34 am |
  105. Ben

    i don't think the parents should be punished for it because it should be the kids choice along with the parents if they want to go to school or not. i think that is controlling someone's life. They should be able to do what they want i think

    October 22, 2008 at 11:34 am |
  106. Hannah

    I think this is a really good way to get kids parents to make their kids go to school, and maybe now in the future the wont be as many criminals.

    October 22, 2008 at 11:34 am |
  107. Alex

    I think it's great to put parents in jail if they don't make you go to school because then you will be less likely to go to high school, so you won't be as smart and if you don't go high school you can't go to college you can't get a good job and you won't make much money.

    October 22, 2008 at 11:35 am |
  108. Matt

    I think students parents should be able to tell their kids to do what ever they want, but i also think students shouldnt be forced to do any thing

    October 22, 2008 at 11:35 am |
  109. Kameron

    i think that both parents and kids should be held accountable for skipping school because its the parent responsibility to get there kids to school and kids job to go to school

    October 22, 2008 at 11:35 am |
  110. Natalie

    I think that the parents are responsible for sending there kids for school and i think that if parents do make this decision to not send their kids to school then the kids will not be happy with them when they are older because they will not get a good education

    October 22, 2008 at 11:36 am |
  111. Jordan

    if parents dont want to send them to school, thats their right.

    October 22, 2008 at 11:38 am |
  112. Paige

    I couldn't belive parents would not let there children go to school, the children would probably not succeed in there life and parents would get in so much trouble!

    October 22, 2008 at 11:41 am |
  113. will

    i don't know how to feel about the parents letting their kids skip school, in a way it should be the kids and parents choice. but on the other hand then when the kids grow up they will not have a education and can't get jobs.

    October 22, 2008 at 11:41 am |
  114. Quinn

    I don't under stand why parents are keeping their kids at home unexcused kids should have the right to learn and not stay home.

    October 22, 2008 at 11:41 am |
  115. Molly

    I don't think its that bad but, its really not that good, also I think kids should go to school because then they'll have a education also they will be smart and be able to get a job.

    October 22, 2008 at 11:41 am |
  116. eric

    i think it is a good idea the you have the mom and dad will got to jail or a fine if they don't go to school because kid need a education

    October 22, 2008 at 11:41 am |
  117. Tigger

    Well I don't think that the parents should get punished for the kids skipping school but I do think that if you punish the parents they probably wouldn't want to go to jail again so then they would force their children to go to school so they get an education.

    October 22, 2008 at 11:42 am |
  118. Alex

    I think this is a pretty good punishment. But I think the students should be punished as well as the parents. I mean, they could choose to go. But I think that they should keep up with this. Other than those reasons, it should be the parents choice. What if the parent sends the child, but the child doesn't go. That blow your mind.

    October 22, 2008 at 11:43 am |
  119. Espen

    I think that it should be up to the parents until a certain age like 10, and then it should be up to the kid because it is his life, and by then the kid is old enough to make there own decisions.

    October 22, 2008 at 11:43 am |
  120. Hannah

    woah

    October 22, 2008 at 11:44 am |
  121. Moira

    I think that jail is a little harsh, but if it works it works. They should make the parents go to classes to help them and then if they don't do better they should take it to the judge.

    October 22, 2008 at 11:45 am |
  122. james

    I think the parents should be punished becuase it is the parents fault if the child skips school. Also if we a hard on the parents there parents will be harder on the child for skipping school.

    October 22, 2008 at 12:12 pm |
  123. Kailie

    I will agree that with most kids the parental factor does come into play, but as for the ones who don't seem to care... Well they just do what ever they want...

    In truth, I think it is really stupid. All the students are doing is hurting themselves. Without the proper education it is virtually impossible to get a job in this day and age, plus the jail factor does come into play.

    My uncle never graduated high school, infact he never graduated from middle school... And now he's been in and out of jail for the past 10 years of his life, and he even says that he wishes his parents would have given him boundries instead of letting him do whatever he wanted...

    October 22, 2008 at 12:21 pm |
  124. Megan

    The parents shouldn't be punished if the child is refusing to go to school. The parents should be punished i the reason their child isn't goin to school is because they aren't taking them. I think that this system should work really well, no one wants to go to jail for truancy.

    October 22, 2008 at 12:24 pm |
  125. lance

    the idea of getting your parents into trouble for the kids missing school is great. to bad i am 18 and dont get that luxury

    October 22, 2008 at 12:25 pm |
  126. Brittney

    I think that arresting parents for students skipping school is a good idea. it would probably make the mom think twice about getting on their child’s case in going to school and the child to think twice about what might happen to their parents.
    It says that 70% of the adults who get in trouble have the kids back and if Operation Back to School doesn’t work I have no idea what would.

    October 22, 2008 at 12:27 pm |
  127. Trenique

    I think that its unfair that parents are getting punished for their kids mistakes, even if they let them stay home its their kids they can screw up their lives if they want to its not right but their there parents.

    October 22, 2008 at 1:19 pm |
  128. megan

    I think that it’s a good idea for parents to get in trouble as well as their kids when they continue to skip school without a valid reason. Parents are supposed to set an example and teach their kids about the importance of education. Once students graduate, then they can have the choice of continuing in school or not.

    October 22, 2008 at 1:30 pm |
  129. Ryan

    I think that if you put the parent in jail the kid will never go to school. the child would have no one to at least tell him what is right and what is wrong.

    October 22, 2008 at 1:32 pm |
  130. Kegan

    I think that parents should have the final decision on what their kids can and can’t do. I think it is good that there is a law saying kids need to go to school, but if a mom keeps her kid home for 2 weeks because they are preparing for Christmas, then its up to them if that is an excuse whether or not her kid should be in school. I also think that if a kid misses a certain amount of school then they should have to make it up, but filing charges against the parents is taking it to far.

    October 22, 2008 at 1:32 pm |
  131. Emerald

    I think that in some cases it is a good way to keep everyone involved in the education system responsible for their actions, in other ways it is silly that the parents that work two jobs and are single parents are being out in jail for their children not going to school when there is only so much they can do when they are trying to sustain a household.

    October 22, 2008 at 1:33 pm |
  132. Emerson

    I don’t think this is a good idea because most of the time that I skip school my parents don’t even know. If it was the other way around, where the parents were excusing their kids from school and letting them stay home then yes, I think the parents should get punished; but how does the state know that the parents are lying for their kids?

    October 22, 2008 at 1:33 pm |
  133. Matt

    I think that the parents should get punished if they let their kid skip school because that is just letting them fail. But I dont think that the parents should go to jail for it, that is a little extreame.

    October 22, 2008 at 1:34 pm |
  134. Sarah

    I think that they may be going alittle over board with this. But i think thats its a good idea to do something about kids that skip school and their parents just let them. Their parents should not do that. They should make them go to school and learn and get an education so they can get a good job.

    October 22, 2008 at 1:34 pm |
  135. Blake

    Wow, That is pathetic I can not believe that parents actually get in trouble for their kids skipping school. Honestly I think that scince we live in a free country we should have the right not to go to school, nobody should have to be pushed into doing something they dont want to do. Dont get me wrong though I know school is great and so is a good education but I think that no matter what its your choice to go to school and no punishment is needed.

    October 22, 2008 at 1:36 pm |
  136. jackie =]

    Personally I think parents should push their children to go to school and be there everyday not when they feel like it, if it takes punishing the parents to make them understand that it’s very important to get their child to school then do it. Parents will eventually make sure that their child gets to school because they do not want the consequences. However I do understand there is certain circumstances for every situation and that should be handled by the school and district officials. An idea to make parents more involved might be to start a program to have monthly meeting or every other week meetings to inform parents on what’s going on and get them involved in their lives.

    October 22, 2008 at 1:37 pm |
  137. sammie

    I think that parents should not get in trouble for their students’ choices. The students should be the ones going to court not the parents. The students should learn more by that than getting their parents in trouble. Some students may even purposefully get their parents in trouble and that would not be good. Give the students that responsibility not their parents.

    October 22, 2008 at 1:38 pm |
  138. britt

    Punishing parents only works in some cases because some students are doing it behind their backs and the parents could be clueless about their truancy and punishing their child for it when they find out, But some parents are allowing their kids to sit at home or skip school when ever they feel so in that case making the parents responsible for making their child go to school would help a lot.

    October 22, 2008 at 1:38 pm |
  139. April

    I like the fact that they are starting to crack down on parents. Even though it’s the student fault that they didn’t go to school, it’s still the parent’s responsibility to parent. Going to court, and learning a lesson could fix a lot of problems. :]

    October 22, 2008 at 1:39 pm |
  140. autobot

    I for one think its a ittle rediculous that the parents are gettign arrested for their childs skipping school. now iam not saying its not the parents faults becuase the parents should be the ones who encourage and want us to go to school for our education we need for the future, but i think we can take other actions to the parents who don't care if their child is skipping. Maybe make them pay a fee each day their child is not at school iam pretty sure they would make their kid go to school if money out of their pocket was having to pay for their absentes. And if they fail to pay the fee than they should take the coures of arresting the parent/gardian.

    October 22, 2008 at 1:40 pm |
  141. Jonney

    I think that is ok to punish the parents because it is up to make sure that the students go to school.

    October 22, 2008 at 1:42 pm |
  142. jesse

    i think this is wrong because what if the students dont agree with the parents and skip a bunch to get their parent in trouble?

    October 22, 2008 at 3:25 pm |
  143. Sarah

    I think they should punish the parents if they were letting school slip for their kids. Kids should not be skipping school, because it helps for when they becaome adults, and they have to deal with adult hood. They would have to find a job, and if they don't well they will probably wish that they had gone to school. School is very imporant, and why would anyone want to skip it, if it gives them a head up in life.

    October 22, 2008 at 3:38 pm |
  144. Trilby

    yes i do think it is a good idea to punish parents if it is their fault that the students are missing school but, if the students are lying about skipping school it is definently the students fault but the parents need to get their kid under control.

    an 8th grader

    October 22, 2008 at 6:53 pm |
  145. Abbie

    JAIL!?!?!?!? I don't think that is fair to have parents go the first time. Just let them off with a warning and then if they continue to let their kids miss school, then take them.

    October 22, 2008 at 8:07 pm |
  146. Abbie

    Sometimes it's not the parents fault. What if parents send their kids off to school but the kids skip without telling their parents. That would be the kids fault. Not the parents.

    October 22, 2008 at 8:09 pm |
  147. Ashley

    Well, it isn't always the parents' fault, but when it is, they should be fined. If it's the kid's fault, punish them and not the parents.

    October 22, 2008 at 11:46 pm |
  148. Katie

    I don't think the parents should get punished for what their kids did. It's not the parents fault that the kids decided to skip school. I think it just puts a lot of pressure on the parents to keep their kids in school when they already have a lot of pressure with work and everything. I don't like how the schools are just automatically saying it's the parents fault that their kids missed school.

    October 23, 2008 at 11:15 am |
  149. Catherine

    Sometimes it’s not the parents fault. What if parents send their kids off to school but the kids skip without telling their parents that would be the kids fault not the parents. Sometimes I think that parents should put a little camera on their child's cloths if they are missing school and they aren't getting permission to do so.

    October 23, 2008 at 11:15 am |
  150. Alissa

    i thunk that punishing parents for having there kids skip school. so i hope that the parents now no that there kids need to attend school

    October 23, 2008 at 11:16 am |
  151. Mckenzie

    The parents should get punished for students skipping school because if the students are skipping school then the parents neeed to take control. Plus the parents obviously don't care if the kids are missing school because the students still skip school after being punished by the school. I think that it would be nice to see some of the parents who don't really care if the students even go to school get caught and put in jail or have to go to parenting classes

    October 23, 2008 at 11:16 am |
  152. summer

    I dont think that punishing parents is a good idea.What if the parents had no idea? What are you going to do put them in jail and kepp letting the kids skip,they dont care if they get into trouble all they care about is themselves. I thin it is such a bad idea parents shouldn't have to take blame for our faults.

    October 23, 2008 at 11:16 am |
  153. Sarah

    I don't think that punishing the parents would take care of the problem with kids skipping school. On the episode we saw, yes, there was a parent who was depriving her children of education, but that doesn't happen often. Kids are going to skip school no matter what, and sometimes the parents have no idea of what is going on. Punishing the parents could be a part-time "band-aid" on the problem, but I would be more afraid of two-hundred angry parents than a few adults on the school board. Kids should be responsible for themselves and getting to class. If they don't have the drive to commit themselves, then let the police take care of it. Yes, the parents are responsible for the kids, but they aren't in kindergarten anymore and they can't be with them 24/7.

    October 23, 2008 at 11:17 am |
  154. Chris

    I think that parents should be punished. I think that even though they may not intend on making them skip school their children are still their responsibility. Students should be punished but parents should also. And even though the students are playing hooky, the parents are in charge of making sure their children are at school everyday

    October 23, 2008 at 11:17 am |
  155. Katey

    I think it's kind of stupid. It's awesome that parents are getting their kids back in school, and it's pretty smart for them to be catching the parents who are not letting their kids go to school. But they're taking them as far as court. That's stupid! It's the kids fault for not going to school, not the parents. Why don't they just find the kids who skipped school and take them to court? It makes more sense to me.

    October 23, 2008 at 11:17 am |
  156. Seth

    I think that using fines to get kids into school is a little drastic. I think that it is your choice on wether you want to go to school or not. I could see someone coming to your house and giving you a notice but getting a fine? Why make someone go to school that doesn't want to be there, that just makes it harder for all the other students to learn.

    October 23, 2008 at 11:18 am |
  157. gunnar

    yea it is NOT the parents fault for when the students skip they should be responsable and take charge for there actions!!!!!!!!!!

    October 23, 2008 at 11:18 am |
  158. Geordan

    I think it's an OK idea. I mean yeah parents shouldn't let their kids skip but it's their life choice to let them skip. You also can't force them to go to school if you do them don't or won't try as hard as every one else. So my opinion is if the kid doesn't want to go and doesn't go you should not blame the parents.

    October 23, 2008 at 11:19 am |
  159. Jessica

    Well for some reason's i think its really stupid to punish parents for what their kids do. If kids don't want to go to school well thats your fault and your not going to learn anything if you don't go. So they have disadvantages of not going to school not learning and being pretty dumb in those subjects school teaches.
    So I think its pretty stupid to punish parents for that reason.

    October 23, 2008 at 11:19 am |
  160. Allison

    Punishing the parents for their children skipping school is a reasonable act but only if the parents are involved in the act. I think the student should receive the bulk of the punishment and let the parents off with a warning to pay better attention to where their children go and if it continues to be a problem, then taking legal actions is a needed option.

    October 23, 2008 at 11:19 am |
  161. Veronica

    I honestly think that it's not fair! If it's not the parents fault then they shouldn't get punished. I think that after a student has skipped four or more days of school without a reasonable excuse then the student should be punished. I think that they should take the student that misses school to a jail for one night and see how they like skipping school afterward. I am even a student and I think this, if I miss enough school without a reasonable excuse than I would want to be taught a lesson to not do that!

    October 23, 2008 at 11:20 am |
  162. Marissa

    I think that the parents should be punished because they are the ones responsible for razing their kid. Parents are suppose to be a leader and teacher their kids whats right. If their kid is skipping then they aren't teaching them what is right. Parents getting punished is okay with me but the kids also need some punishment so that they learn that it isn't right to skip.

    October 23, 2008 at 11:20 am |
  163. Sydney

    I think that it is good idea that parents get punished if their kids skip school. It is a good idea because the parents should be encouraging their kids to go to school and when they don't I think they should be punished for it. It says that 70% of the parents who get in trouble send their kids back to school so that is telling us that when the parents get punished they will send their kids back to school and not let them skip again. So, I think that is a good idea.

    October 23, 2008 at 11:21 am |
  164. Kyler

    I think its always the parents fault. If the parents let their kids skip they should excuse them. If the kids skip with out there parents knowing then the parents shouldn't be in trouble. If the school wants to punish the parents then they should be able to because it all goes back to the parents.

    October 23, 2008 at 11:21 am |
  165. Alayna

    Punishing parents is way not a good ides because if kids don't want to go to school their parents can't force them to go. Most of the time parents don't even know whats going on. A way that they could have it is that they could go into an investigation and then determain wether the parents should be accused.

    October 23, 2008 at 11:21 am |
  166. Jasmine

    Honestly, I personally think that its a great idea. I mean why would you not make your children go to school, what is more important than a child's education? It isn't the child's fault they are being deprived of an excellence learning experience. The parents should be fined so they can realize they're mistakes and hopefully not repeat them in the future and learn from them. That is my opinion on the subject.

    October 23, 2008 at 11:22 am |
  167. Kelsey

    I think that the parents shouldn't get punished because the get aren't going to school when they are supposed to. If it is the parents fault that the kids aren't going to school, then the parents should get punished, but they shouldn't get punished just because kids are choosing to not go to school. i also think that if it gets kids to go back to school, we should do all we can to keep kids from skipping.

    October 23, 2008 at 11:22 am |
  168. xitlali

    What I think of punishing parents when students skip school. I think that is really stupid. Most parents can not control their child.Instead of punishing the parents they should punish the student. Thats what I think....

    October 23, 2008 at 11:23 am |
  169. Dana

    I think that punishing parents like this is wrong. What if they didn't know that their kids were skipping school? Kids are smart, and can figure out out all sorts of ways to conceal things from their parents. Imagine how you'd feel if you were fined or sent to jail for something you didn't do. Do lawmakers really want anyone to feel that way?

    October 23, 2008 at 11:24 am |
  170. Alexa

    I think that they should punish parents for their kids not going to school! I think that is a really good idea, it should work because maybe parents will start to make kids go to school more often, because they don't want to go to jail just because they don't make their kids go to school. I think that this is a good idea!

    October 23, 2008 at 11:25 am |
  171. ~Sarah~

    Well, i believe that if punishing parents really works to get students into school then let them get in trouble. But, some students don't care if their parents get in trouble and even if the parents make kids go to school the kids could skip school anyway. Then there are the students who will go to school. There are the students that already go to school that if the kids don't come to school start coming then they may stop coming to school due to the other kids picking on them, and doing other thing to them. So I think yes and no depends on why the students are not coming to school. So if there is a certain reason maybe someone can help them and the parents won't get in trouble but if it is just to skip school then the parents should get in trouble unless they don't know about it.

    October 23, 2008 at 11:25 am |
  172. mariah

    I think that parents should get punished for letting their child missing school because if they really want their child/children to get an education. parents keep telling their children to stay in school and get a good education to get a good job in your future, but then again they let their children miss school because they want to i'm sorry but that is not right.

    October 23, 2008 at 11:25 am |
  173. Adam

    I think that the parents are being punished, because they're not sending their children to school. It would be the students fault if they got to school, then left, but if the students didn't want to go to school and the parents let their child stay home instead, it would definitely be the parents fault. I think that parents should force their children to go to school if they refuse to go.

    October 23, 2008 at 11:25 am |
  174. amber

    I don't think the parents should get punished for the students doing. The students should be the ones getting punished for skipping. The students are going to regret it because they need an education for a good job and you need an education to survive everyday things.

    October 23, 2008 at 11:26 am |
  175. Anonymous

    We should not punish our parents because if they go to jail for letting kids skip then the parent would be gone and then the kid would skip more because the parent wouldn't be there to yell at the kid. Now we should also punish our parents because it was there fault that the kid never gets in trouble because the parent would let them skip and the kid would get into trouble and nobody else would so it would be hte kid failing. If parents got punished then more and more kids would be getting into trouble and then facing oss or iss or something serious. Also if they get caught the first time then the parent should get put off with at least a warning. If they get caught again then that is when they should go to Jail.

    October 23, 2008 at 11:30 am |
  176. Brett

    Well its dekalb county. With the highist crime rate and probly the highest drop out rate too. Most of the kids who come out of that system are dumbed down so much thanks to no child left behind they might be better off not going to school. Because lets say your a smart young child wishing to get a good education. Well... You wont in dekalb because unless you got money you cant go to a private school.... So, its kind of pointless

    October 23, 2008 at 2:20 pm |
  177. Molly

    I think it is fair because it's a law that kids have to go to school and if parents don't enforce it, and they let their kids do whatever the parents should be punished or put in jail.

    October 23, 2008 at 3:54 pm |
  178. Emily

    I don't think it's fair that the parents should be punished for their kid's misbehavior. If the kid isn't punished themselves, he/she isn't going to learn to stay in school. It's the kid's fault; let them fail their classes and not get into college. Let them get a bad job because they aren't smart enough to get a good one; that'll teach 'em! (I sound like some old guy now :)!) Don't blame it on the parents!

    October 24, 2008 at 10:05 am |
  179. allison

    I think that punishing the parent is alright. I think it would be more affective though if the students were to take the blame for skipping school. Because some times it's not the parents falt that the kid is not in school.

    October 24, 2008 at 1:07 pm |
  180. ryan

    I think that the students should be punished.

    October 24, 2008 at 1:29 pm |
  181. Abbie

    It is totally fair! But only if the parents are aware that their kids are skipping school. If the students are doing it without their parents knowing, then punish the kids.

    October 24, 2008 at 6:39 pm |
  182. Mandy

    i think it depends. if the child lies and makes something up, then let them suffer. their the ones who's grades affect their future. if the parent is fully aware that the child is ok, then yes. the parent should be punished for minimizing the child's education

    October 24, 2008 at 6:48 pm |
  183. Annabella

    That is CCCRRAAZZZYYY!!! I can't believe they would punish the parents. But the peeps might not care if their child is in school. But that's just messed up. I don't like school but if i ever skipped i would be in sssoooo much trouble. plus no way would i want to get my peeps in trouble.

    October 24, 2008 at 7:54 pm |
  184. Chloe

    Parents shouldn't be punished if it's not their fault that the student doesn't show up. They can't help it if they drop their kid off at school but the kid never goes to class. What are they supposed to do? Follow their kid around school all day? hOwever, if the parent finds out that their child DOESN'T go to class, the parents should punish the kid in some way. That's the only way the kid will ever learn not to cut class.

    October 24, 2008 at 8:43 pm |
  185. Alexis

    I would never want my parent to get in trouble, so I would NEVER skip without an excuse. Seriously, I would get in LOADS of trouble.

    October 24, 2008 at 9:35 pm |
  186. Jenny

    I think that it is not ok to punshed the parents because will just get mad at you when you get home.

    October 24, 2008 at 10:17 pm |
  187. anna

    I think it is not right to punish the parents for their children's deeds

    October 25, 2008 at 8:06 am |
  188. Drew

    Parents should not have to be punished for what the child does! If the parent tells the child to skip that day then they should have some conseqence, but if the child skips right after they get out of the car the parent should not have anything to deal with it. If the school suspends the student though then the student will never learn!

    October 25, 2008 at 11:15 am |
  189. Hal

    The parent should take responsibility. But the punishment of the parents should be reasonable. Working parents have little control after the student leaves the home. Arresting and monetary punishment should only be used in repeated cases.

    October 25, 2008 at 12:49 pm |
  190. zach

    I don't think it will last. Whenever my brother or I get into trouble, we have to face serious consequences. Imagine our parents doing the exact same thing. Imagine how miffed they would be. They would be yelling nonstop.

    October 25, 2008 at 2:41 pm |
  191. Kaitlyn

    i think it all depends on whether the parents know the kids are at school or not.

    October 25, 2008 at 5:49 pm |
  192. Amanda

    I think tha that punishing parents is good. Why should children get punished if the parents are neglecting their duties as parents to make sure their child is getting to school. Parents need to see how important this is.

    October 25, 2008 at 11:02 pm |
  193. Thomas

    I don't like the idea of punishing the parents. It doesn't matter if it works or not. Its just not right.

    October 26, 2008 at 5:45 pm |
  194. Michael

    I don’t think parents should be punished for their kids skipping if they make sure their kids get to school and go into the school. But if the parents don’t make their kids go to school then they should be punished.

    October 27, 2008 at 9:20 am |
  195. Jamie

    I think that it will work for a while because the parents will be scared. But once someone doesn’t care about their kids they can never go back easily. And also law enforcement will have a major problem on their hands. They are going to have a huge overflow of parents.

    October 27, 2008 at 9:26 am |
  196. Georgia

    In a way the parents should be punish for their child skipping. Because when a student first skips class then the parents should punish them for doing something there not suppose to. If they do it again then that means there defiant and won’t listen to the parents and that means the parents need to be stricter. But some parents have a problem being strict with their kids. And that’s the problem it’s the parents fault in a way for not being strict with their kids. Instead they just take cell phones away or can’t go anywhere for a week or something along that line. That’s not good enough you must be strict with them because in the real world it’s not easy, in reality its more stricter and more difficult and to get your kids ready for that then you must punish them. Because if they get older and decide they want to skip work because they don’t feel like going. Then there boss is going to enjoy firing you and then how are you going to make a living.

    October 27, 2008 at 9:27 am |
  197. Lauren

    I think it really depends on the age of the child when you’re punishing the parents for the student truancy, in addition to other factors. If an elementary school student is truant for many days, sure, the parents should be held responsible. And even if the younger children are responsible for getting on the bus by themselves and they are skipping, the punishment should still fall on the parents because with younger children, you need to make sure they get on the bus. Otherwise, it’s practically neglect. But with high school students, most of the punishment should fall on the students because most high school students are responsible for getting to school themselves.

    October 27, 2008 at 9:53 am |
  198. Billie

    I think we should only punish the parents if the parents know that they are not going to school and they are not making them go. But if the parents send the student to school and the student goes somewhere else or leaves school then the student should be punished for skipping. Also what is a teen going to do so they are not noticed in public.

    October 27, 2008 at 9:57 am |
  199. michael

    I think it is a good idea to punish the parents for letting their sons and daughters skip so many days of school. You shouldn’t let your children just skip and get away with it. They will fall and not graduate.

    October 27, 2008 at 12:22 pm |
  200. chelsea

    I do not think punishing the parents is a proper way to go about this. Students need to take responsibility for their actions. Many parents try the best they can to teach their kids to do the right thing and go to school but, some kids just don't get it. They purposely do the opposite of what their parents teach so those parents should not be punished.

    October 27, 2008 at 12:31 pm |
  201. Steph

    I believe that if the parent is allowing the student to skip and or stay home then I say yes to the punishment of them going to court. Although it may not also be the parents fault, in such cases what if the student was skipping school on his or her own ability. In this case I wouldn’t think it to be fair for the parents to be getting in trouble and paying the price. I believe that the student should be getting the punishment.

    October 27, 2008 at 12:33 pm |
  202. blake

    I think that parents’ getting in trouble for what their kids do is stupid. Most kids skip on their own. Maybe sometimes their parents are involved but most times it’s the kids doing the skipping. I don’t think the kids will learn that much, they’ll just do it again if they know they won’t get in trouble.

    October 27, 2008 at 2:23 pm |
  203. Anonymous

    Punishing the parents might be a little harsh to some people, and if you look at it in different ways it does seem pretty hardcore. Although I do think it is the right decision because the law is that they have to go to school mandatorily until they are 16, and if it is the parent that is causing the problem, go ahead, get their attention.

    October 27, 2008 at 2:25 pm |
  204. Andres

    Punishing the parents might be a little harsh to some people, and if you look at it in different ways it does seem pretty hardcore. Although I do think it is the right decision because the law is that they have to go to school mandatorily until they are 16, and if it is the parent that is causing the problem, go ahead, get their attention.

    October 27, 2008 at 2:58 pm |
  205. KaylA

    I think the parents and the kids shouldgo to jail

    October 27, 2008 at 7:26 pm |
  206. Randall

    Parents should not be punished for the kids being trouble makers.
    It would not be fair to the parents

    October 28, 2008 at 10:11 am |
  207. John

    I think it is a good idea. If the kids come to school then goes home they should get in trouble.

    October 28, 2008 at 1:32 pm |
  208. Melisa

    i dont think we should punish the parent cuz it not their fault its the child's fault.

    October 28, 2008 at 3:36 pm |
  209. Derrick

    they should not blame the parents for what the kids did.
    they should give the students friday dention for an hour or hour and a half. they should really crak down on skipping i mean hall moniors and cameras all over the school.im sick of it because when they skip they miss something important and we have to go over it again

    October 28, 2008 at 6:46 pm |
  210. Morgan

    I think that punishing the parents for their kids skipping school is a good idea because the parent is the one that is letting the student stay home and they should be punished. Maybe they could just have to do community service.

    October 29, 2008 at 2:47 pm |
  211. Kate

    If the kid skips and the parents know then they should get punished but if they don't even know about it then why punish the parents the kids should get like a detention or some type of getting in trouble

    November 1, 2008 at 2:38 pm |
  212. Ally

    I think the students should be punished for skpping because if they skip they miss most of the homework that they have to do and they get one extra day to get it in, that's not fair to all the students. What should kids do, skip school to so they can get an extra day to finish they're work. If you don't get it done the day teachers give it to you, that's your falt if students don't get homework done by the next day it's do.

    November 1, 2008 at 2:53 pm |
  213. Roni

    Students should take the blame because they are the ones skipping school not the teachers or parents!

    November 2, 2008 at 11:01 pm |
  214. Amy

    I think skipping school gets you the "bad". School is a major part of everyones life, where you meet most of your friends.When you skip school, you miss work, geting you extra work including the "present" homework, causing stress. Parents should get punished if they knew their child was skipping school with no proper excuse that is true such as a fever,cold,flu etc. But if parents had no idea that their child was skipping school,the child is to blame.

    November 4, 2008 at 6:40 pm |
  215. Camryn

    I would'nt even dare to think about skipping school!
    Because
    1. I LOVE SCHOOL!
    2. My friends are there
    3. My parents would'nt let me!

    But if the parents are'nt allowing them, what's up with that!

    November 4, 2008 at 8:07 pm |
  216. Kristine

    I think it's a terrible idea to punish parents when kidds skipp school because they might not be guilty and it just might be the kids fault!

    November 5, 2008 at 12:05 am |
  217. Toa

    i think that it is stupid if parents dont let their kids learn and i also think that their parents should go to jail for how many days their child didnt go to school or longer !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    November 5, 2008 at 12:06 am |
  218. wayne

    If the teenage student is skipping school after the parent drops him or he off than the the student should be accountable and sent to Juvy Hall not the parent going to jail. I know soneone in this situation and has done everything short of attending school everyday with the student. But the shool needs cash so the courts will give you big fines that you cannot pay before sending you to jail. I think once a child turns 16 they should have accountability for themselves not the parent.

    November 6, 2008 at 2:01 pm |
  219. Joseph

    Be in mind that most of the people who agree might be teachers. Parents should not be punished. What if a parent had to go to jail if their teenage son murdered someone? There are things (at school) that influences teenagers to commit crimes and make bad decisions. Who's to say that a parent should be punished when maybe skipping is the new "thing" that not many parents know about? The school's staff are the people who supervises the students at school. It is their fault.

    March 7, 2009 at 5:49 am |