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Teen Has Missed 77 Days of School. Will Threatening His Parents with Jail Help CMS?

The father of a 15-year-old Harding High student stood in front of a judge, a Vietnamese interpreter at his side.

It was 131 days into the school year, and his son had missed 77 of them. A school social worker had visited the home three times, leaving notes in Vietnamese, but the parents hadn’t responded.

Now Mecklenburg District Judge Paige McThenia was laying down the law: North Carolina requires parents to get their children to school. If children pile up more than 10 unexcused absences, parents can go to jail for 120 days.