Truancy Shouldn’t Be A Life Sentence

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American schools are little more than prisons or halfway houses.

The Nation’s young people are forced to attend whether they are interested in education or not, where they are indoctrinated to worship the State and conform to statism and propagandized with false history and egalitarianism. If they fail to attend, they are regarded as lawbreakers or truants.

But since they are minors, it is the parents who pay the price — even if the children are essentially young adults and unruly and unmanageable. Such is the case in Berks County, Penn., where Eileen DiNino paid for her children’s truancy with her life.

When DiNino’s kids racked up a number of truancy violations, the court decided she had to pay. The truancy fines weren’t excessive — just $20 per violation — but the court system is little more than an extortion racket. It tacked on “court-related” costs of as much as $150 for each violation. According to The Associated Press, DiNino faced fines from nine active truancy cases, which spawned 55 citations accrued by her children since 1999.

DiNino is described as being 55, a single mother of seven, unemployed, on welfare and completely overwhelmed by her children. Few other details of what got her into her circumstances have been reported. But suffice to say she was unable to pay the $2,000 in fines and court costs her kids racked up because they chose to skip school and she couldn’t — or wouldn’t — do anything about it.

Apparently, in Philadelphia, as in a few other places, the idea of debtors’ prisons has not gone out of fashion and, in fact, is making a comeback. For some insane reason, District Judge Dean Patton decided that DiNino should be incarcerated over her unpaid fines in order to eliminate the “debt.” How racking up more cost to the government, which had to pay for DiNino’s two-day incarceration, in order to reconcile an unpaid debt makes sense to anyone is beyond me, and proves that those in government are simply psychopaths.

Patton’s reasoning, according to the AP, was that “a short jail stint can sometimes ‘break the habit’ of parents who’d rather party into the night than take their children to school the next day.” Whether DiNino was guilty of “party[ing] into the night” was not proven.

Halfway into her two-day incarceration, DiNino died. While her death was sudden and the cause is as yet unknown, it was not considered suspicious.

Parental imprisonment for truancy violations is apparently very common in Berks County. Since 2000, more than 1,600 people have been jailed over truancy fines. Two-thirds of those jailed are women.

Federal law eliminated the imprisonment of debtors in 1833, but left the practice available to States. But the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled in several State cases that debtors’ prisons violate the 14th Amendment.

Being poor should not be considered criminal. Nor should skipping school. If a child has no interest in school and must be coerced into being there, he will not learn and will likely be disruptive, which hinders those who want to be there from learning.

Furthermore, Federal and State child labor laws should be repealed so that kids who would rather work than attend school can work enough hours to earn a living and help support their poor parent(s).

Bob Livingston

founder of Personal Liberty Digest™, is an ultra-conservative American author and editor of The Bob Livingston Letter™, in circulation since 1969. Bob has devoted much of his life to research and the quest for truth on a variety of subjects. Bob specializes in health issues such as nutritional supplements and alternatives to drugs, as well as issues of privacy (both personal and financial), asset protection and the preservation of freedom.