Mom Sentenced to 6 Months in Jail for Letting Her Kids Skip School (VIDEO)

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Lorraine Cuevas Wow, California isn't kidding with its truancy laws. After her two kids -- a second grader and a third grader -- skipped a bunch of school, 34-year-old mom Lorraine Cuevas has been sent to the slammer. And not just for a quick lesson to be learned either -- for 180 days!

It's not the first time we've heard of parents or students facing jail to stop truancy, but this case is harsh to say the least. Of course, it wasn't just a couple of days that her children missed either. According to KMPH, between her two children, they missed 116 days of school last year -- that's 10 percent of the school year.

School officials say they tried other methods, like sending letters and making phone calls, but she still didn't manage to get her kids to school. So now she sits behind bars, and her kids are reportedly attending school regularly. Problem solved, right?

I'm not so sure.

When it comes to education, I'm as big of a proponent as any. Making sure my children get the best one possible is one of my biggest priorities as a parent, and I work hard to make sure they know that working hard in school and performing to the best of their abilities academically is a non-negotiable in our house. But, should a parent be jailed because they aren't of the same mindset? I don't think so.

It just seems like such a slippery slope. What about older children who defy their parents and don't go to school? Do we really want to see parents land in jail because of rebellious teenagers?

Also, there are so many reasons why parents let children skip school, not all of which necessarily come with a doctor's note. Not all of them are noble or in the child's best interest, but I always bristle at the government telling parents what they should and shouldn't do with their own children when it's not a matter of their health or safety. Putting them behind bars for going against the mainstream (as detrimental to their child's future as it may be) seems especially overzealous and not likely to address the real issues at hand as to why they're not sending them in the first place.

KMPH FOX 26 | Central San Joaquin Valley News Source

Do you think this woman's punishment is too much?


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the4m... the4mutts

No! School is the law. If she couldn't be bothered to get off her lazy fucking ass and take her kids to school every day, she should have at least had the descency to enroll them in community school. *its a school for troublemakers, pregnant girls & their bfs, truants, etc, that only makes you show up once/twice a week.

Jacqueline Stevason

"allowing her kids to miss MORE than 10-percent of the school year."

That figure (if averaged between the children) would actually be around 30% of the school year, based on a 196 day year, not 10%.

It would be interesting to find out why she wasn't taking the kids to school, but regardless of the reason, instead of ignoring the warnings from the district, she should have dealt with them, and if she wanted to home-school, should have gone through proper channels. As to whether the punishment was too much? It would depend on the impact on the children. What kind of example is she setting by letting them stay home (or keeping them home even if they want to go)? A second and third grader (and apparently their mother) need to learn that there are consequences to actions, and sometimes those consequences can be harsh. This woman was given multiple warnings, and could not give the excue that she didn't think they would send her to jail. That same county had already convicted another woman for a much lower number of missed days.


Tiffany Stewart

I think it depends why they were missing..Not everyone has insurance on their kids so how do you get a drs excuse? And obviously the excuse doesn't mean much if you still get a letter even having one..but family emergencies happen as well...where a excuse from a dr would not be received (death in the family etc)..either way I think 180 days is excessive..but in the same breath if she didn't want her kids in school she always has the option to home school.

Melissa Leger

116 days only 10% of the school year??? someones math is off...around here school year is about 180 days so that would be about 64% of the school year....holy crap

Miche... Michelephant

@Jacqueline thanks for pointing out the math.  It's probably 10% including weekends and holidays but that downplays the entire situation.

This woman absolutely deserves her punishment especially since she had the choice between this or a fine. 

nonmember avatar Lisa

I think those kids must have written this article, considering the

math skills!

Konda Parker

I think she should go to jail. Perhaps not for 6 months, but if this is the only way the kids can get to school then by all means give her the six months. Missing 180 days of school is not an illness nor a family emergency, it is a parent that is too lazy to get her children to school. My oldest child is just in the first grade, but his education is top priority. We make sure his homework is done, with my help and he gets the sleep he needs to preform at school. Apparently this mother was too lazy to get up and get her children to school. I think she should be punished and at least now the kids are getting the education they deserve.

dixie... dixiechick2

Yes, she deserves it! When children are this young, it's up to us parents to make sure our children attend school.

nonmember avatar Lisa

Oh and I do think that more investigation needs to happen. My neice, who I am raising, also had massive truancy like this in k and 1st grade. She ended up being removed from the home by cps(for that and massive drug use in the house), which is how she came to live w me. This truancy is a syptom of the problem, and there is certainly some type of deeper problem in that house if the kids are enrolled and rarely attending. Maybe not like my case, but there is some type of mental issues there. Who doesnt make sure their elementary aged kids go to school?!?

SickO... SickOfMorons

That's over half of the school year. Unacceptable. If you can't get your kids to school for 116 days out of 180, maybe you shouldn't be a parent.

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