Mother arrested over school absences
By Jennifer Calhoun, Staff writer, Fayetteville Observer, NC
This story out of Raeford, NC reports that Jennifer Beckel was wrongfully arrested on truancy charges last Friday night. It turns out that her daughter did not have the 15 unexcused absences that she was charged with, but 3. The school attendance law in NC states that “the principal may notify the district attorney or the Department of Social Services after 10 unexcused absences in a school year â€” but only after school officials have notified the parents and worked with them on reducing the childâ€™s absentee rate.”
However, Mr. and Mrs. Beckel never heard there was a problem from anyone. The article says:
“On Monday, Beckel requested the schoolâ€™s documentation and protested when she saw that 12 of the unexcused absences should have been excused because of various illnesses and military family leave.
School officials agreed with Beckel and reduced Makennaâ€™s unexcused absences from 15 to three.
Still, Beckel has pulled her daughter out of the school system, and has been home-schooling her since Monday.”
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