Platte County WY Prosecutes CHILDREN for “Truancy”
Posted by truthpills on 2013/06/10
Wheatland, WY – Yesterday, June 6th, 2013, my husband called me about a post he had seen on facebook. Below is a portion of the post my husband had seen, as well as the things that have come to light since I first learned about this 9 year old boy and the other children in Platte County who are/were facing prosecution. At the end of this post is the KCWY News 13 report on this issue that aired on June 7th, 2013 at 6:00 p.m.
The following quote was taken from facebook, and is used with permission from the person who wrote it. (please read the post in its entirety on the Wyoming Freedom in Education website)
My name is Brandy Cain…. Sadly, I write you this letter to bring your attention to a concerning matter. I have a son who is 9 years old…He has not been in trouble a day in his life. All his teachers have loved him and have nothing but good things to say about him. In fact he has won a couple awards this year for his behavior.
This past year we have had a major bout with illness in our family. He missed quite a bit of school due to illness, medical appointments and a pre-approved vacation… He loves school and has never been a problem. To our surprise he was before a judge last week for truancy and missing too much school. Nobody, called us before or asked if there was anything going on. There were no questions from his teacher or the principal.
Our timid and anxious son stood before a judge and was told he could be taken away from us and we could go to jail if he missed too much school… Our perfect nine year old son is now on supervised probation. Forced to sign a form saying he won’t break laws, carry weapons, won’t do drugs and must give random drug urinalysis. My son…does not even know what urinalysis is…I am sick over this. I had no clue court would lead to probation or I would have fought it tooth and nail. I am not even sure what my purpose for writing to you is.
…This has had a major toll on my son. My son who cried after seeing me cry and said “I’m sorry I was sick and missed school.” It broke my heart to hear that….