How does punishing her for being sick help her attendance? It doesn’t! It will only make things worse. The stress on her has just increased by a ton! She knows that other sick kids have been taken away from their parents, and we are all terrified that she will be next.
Last year, in middle school, Katrina missed even more days than she has this year. We were called down to the courthouse but as soon as they saw our medical documentation, they told us to go home. Now this year, they file charges? None of this makes any sense.
This is a terrible, unfair law that is hurting innocent kids. My daughter is not a criminal, she is a sick little girl who hates missing so much school. I don’t understand how adults can treat kids this way. If the point of this law is to terrify sick children, then the law is working.
We are now going to have to hire an attorney to represent us at our court hearing in two weeks. That’s a couple thousand dollars that we can’t spare, but that’s what this law, the school, and the county attorney are forcing parents of sick kids to do. In the meantime, we will talk to Katrina’s grandmother in Iowa to see if Katrina can come there and live. If leaving Nebraska is the only way our daughter can be safe, then we’ll have to do it, but it’s not right that Nebraska parents should have to send their sick children away to protect them.
February 23, 2014