Prosecutor to parents: Get involved or get jail

October 21, 2010 1:50:44 PM PDT
A Michigan prosecutor wants parents arrested if they repeatedly miss parent-teacher conferences. Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy presented her idea to the Detroit City Council and hopes to take it statewide.

The law wouldn't apply to parents with students doing above average work or if a parent makes other arrangements to remain in contact with the school.

The law would apply to parents whose kids are failing and repeatedly miss meetings.

"More and more we are seeing students as young as 10, 11, 12, 13, committing the most violent crimes," Worthy said. "And guess what we find out? They are not in school, they do not have parental supervision, and that parent has not been up to that school."

Before any charges would be filed, Worthy says those parents would receive a warning and a copy of the law. If the parents continue to skip, they could be charged.

Even after that, Worthy says the conviction would be diverted if the parent attends a conference before the end of the school year.

If the parent still doesn't show up, it could mean a three-day jail sentence.


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