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Mother Arrested For Son's Unexcused Absences From School

A Georgia mother says she was arrested and placed in ankle shackles because her son had too many unexcused absences from school.
Posted at 12:29 PM, May 22, 2015

A Georgia mother says she was placed in shackles after turning herself in to local police because her son had too many unexcused absences at school.

"I actually received my certified letter on the day before Mother's Day, and it said my warrant would be issued," Julie Giles said on Fox News.

When Giles turned herself in to the local police, she says she was arrested. She posted about the experience on her Facebook page, saying she was placed in ankle shackles but was allowed to leave after being booked and photographed for a mug shot.

She told Fox News on Friday morning that she and her family are moving because of this incident. 

Giles has started a GoFundMe page to help with the costs of relocating and potential representation in court. 

The Screven County Board of Education's policy states after six unexcused absences, "documentation will be given to the School Resource Officer for the purpose of obtaining a warrant for the enrolling parent, guardian, or other person."

Giles explained to Fox News her son had 12 unexcused absences but she believes only three should've been counted against him.

"Six which are allowed, and three had doctors notes reissued, so technically he only had three," she said. 

WTOC reports arrests like this aren't uncommon in Screven County. Several parents have already been convicted under similar circumstances this school year. The district's superintendent told the outlet, "It's important for these children to be in school and I think the courts recognize that."

Giles' court date is scheduled for July 14.