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Wilmington mom jailed after child skipped days of school

Posted November 24, 2010

— A North Carolina mother is in jail after her child missed too much school.

The Star-News of Wilmington reported Wednesday that Elizabeth Marie McKeithan, 42, of 9101 Highland Hills Drive in Leland, is serving a 15-day jail sentence. Authorities say McKeithan violated the three-year probation sentence she received after she was found responsible for the truancy of her child, who missed 11 days of school.

State law makes it a misdemeanor when a parent or guardian fails to get a child under 16 to attend school.

Brunswick County Teen Court Director Glenda Ansley says cases of excessive school truancy are rarely presented to a judge. Ansley says many programs try to educate parents and students about the consequences of missing school.


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  • dwr1964 Nov 25, 2010

    At least parents are being helf at fault for things these days. If we started charging more parents for things their children did, maybe, just maybe, they would start controlling their kids a bit more.

  • Gork Nov 24, 2010

    dill lentz - after you said "I sure others aren't either so your point..." (?!) did you mean moot - or could you not hear me?

  • Gork Nov 24, 2010

    "don't have the child if you can't be responsible and care for IT"...

    And it's the uber conservative advocates of "taking our goberment back", raving about strict enforcement of the law that it often turns out, are doing horrible things - "severe punishment" - I think they like the idea of spanking people...

  • Rebelyell55 Nov 24, 2010

    Another bad law aim at protection. Wasting court time and money. It's getting so bad now that you'll go to jail for anything. I guess that's how the system is getting their money now.

  • NCTeacher Nov 24, 2010

    I think more school systems should be doing this. 11 days doesn't seem that bad over a 180 day school year, but I've had students in previous years who missed 60-70 days of school. Enough to make them fail their grade and the social workers do nothing except call the parents.

  • lawpirate is still around Nov 24, 2010

    I don't think jailing the parent is the BEST thing to do, but what do you do when the PARENTS won't bring their child to school. 11 days is more than 2 weeks worth of instructional time. That's a lot of makeup work...which probably won't get done either. I'm guessing Mom's not exactly holding down a fulltime job either....you do have to show up to life on time.

    As far as being scared of your child or 'unable' to make them go to school, then perhaps you need to look a little harder at the 'job' of parenting you have been doing. Once they are bigger than you, it's too late.

  • didisaythat Nov 24, 2010

    So a school is punishing kids for breaking the rules and that makes it so the state can't punish parents for not doing their job? Sherlock and nrosie you are way off.

  • dlentz2 Nov 24, 2010

    "Gork", Deathrow was talking "severe punishment" for the parents not children. Alittle sensitive are we? You need to check your principles.

  • dlentz2 Nov 24, 2010

    Gork, what are you talking about? I read "Deathrow" and your comments and I'm not getting where you are getting the "it" and I sure others aren't either so your point, if there is one, is mute!

  • Gork Nov 24, 2010

    "Deathrow" - whatever - understanding logic? That's a broad effort, first of all. But something that concerns me, the way you act like you're interested in the welfare of a child, which you refer to as "it". You folks are always defending puritanical principles, subject to "severe" punishment - bet you really have spanking in mind, don't you?