A substitute teacher from Georgia has been arrested and placed in shackles because of her son’s unexcused school absences.
Before turning herself in, Julie Scott Giles wrote on Facebook that a warrant had been issued for her arrest, following her son Sam’s 12 unexcused absences from school.
The son’s absence total is six more than the Screven County school district allows. The mother argued that Sam’s doctor had re-issued a note for three of the absences, which would mean that she had been arrested over a total of three absences.
1. Julie Scott Giles (pictured) wrote on Facebook that a warrant had been issued for her arrest, following her son Sam’s 12 unexcused absences from school (photo: Facebook).
2. Sam’s absence total is six more than the Screven County school district allows. Pictured: Sam with his father Keith Giles (photo: Facebook).
Giles claims that she was briefly placed in ankle shackles, which is normal procedure, according to police. She has now been released and given a court date in July, however she faces jail time. Giles told WTOC:
I am home. I was actually placed in ankle shackles!! I was told that doing so is procedure. I was respectful and followed directions.
Sheriff Mike Kile allowed me to leave after being booked and photographed without having to call a bondsman. I will call tomorrow to get my court date. Thanks for the support!!
3. Giles wrote about the situation she was faced with on Facebook.
4. Before turning herself in, Giles wrote on Facebook that a warrant had been issued for her arrest.
Giles said that her son Sam is an A and B student, however he often misses school because of an illness. Due to higher co-pays than she can afford, Giles said she sometimes must keep her children at home without being able to get a doctor’s note.
Screven County Schools Superintendent, William Bland, told WTOC that arresting Giles is not unusual and that they are just following the law.
Bland told the station that “several” parents, who could not work out a solution with school officials, have already been convicted in similar situations this school year. He said:
It’s important for these children to be in school and I think the courts recognize that.
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5. Giles (pictured) faces jail time (photo: Facebook).
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