As I was perusing my usual reading matter I came across this article, posted by another person, that first made me angry, then made me sick. A woman dies for truancy fines? What the hell! So, I began to read and was astounded at how very callous the world has become and how very ignorant of these incidences we are.
The article talks about how a woman in her mid-50s is jailed for fines that, according to one judge were cleared by him 2 years prior – and the next judge jails her for it. She has known health issues and the jails do not bother to find out or give her medications, but there is no wrong doing on their part……
Best of all, since no one is responsible and the woman is poverty stricken, a mother of 7 and without means, her children will watch her go into a paupers grave and grow up separated by the system.
And let’s ice that cake with the reasons for the fines…… truancy and court fees – things like the computer fund, mailing, etc.
So you now have 7 new orphans who are going to believe, at least one of them will if not all, that they were the cause of their mothers death.
The truth is that they are not the cause, the cause is that we have taken so much from parents…… the right to raise their children as they see fit.
And what we have given back….. the right to be punished for things that the child does.
Now, honestly if a 1st grader is ditching school, I have to look at the parents…. in fact up to about the 4th grade I would look at the parents. After that point, around 5th grade children begin to make decisions that their parents are not aware of and can’t anticipate. They begin to be individuals.
What we need to keep a clear view of is that interfering with the normal development of a family by dictating how they interact is not healthy.
Then we have the other thousands of women – 2 out of 3 jailed in PA alone – that are being jailed because of the fines their children incur for truancy…. why were they paying the fines? What is wrong with the children?
In Wisconsin, Wood County at least, the child must pay the fines, not the parents. They do community service and pay for their own decisions. The parents are counseled, but not harassed, fined or jailed because a child makes poor choices even after discipline.
Does jailing anyone really fix a debt?