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Bootheel Woman Challenging Missouri Law Holding Parents Liable for Kids' School Attendance

AUGUST 12, 2004 - Posted at 7:22 a.m. CDT

 

CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO - A southeast Missouri woman challenges a state law that holds parents criminally liable for failing to make sure their children regularly attend school.

The state Supreme Court is to hear the case September 15.

Brenda Self was convicted of a misdemeanor in October.  Her 15-year-old daughter was absent 40 days during a school year at Caruthersville Accelerated Middle School.

Self was sentenced to 15 days in the Pemiscot County jail.  The term was suspended pending completion of two years of unsupervised probation.

Self contends the compulsory school attendance law is unconstitutionally vague because it doesn't specify how many absences can trigger criminal charges.

(Copyright 2004 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

 

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