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(TC Palm)   Mother is outraged after she pulls her children out of school the day before Winter Break because she feared school violence, and the school charges them with an unexcused absence. "I told the truth, and now they're being penalized"   (tcpalm.com) divider line 53
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2013-01-12 06:56:08 AM
Arm helicopter moms!
 
2013-01-12 06:57:36 AM
FTA "Even though she said students are not penalized until they have received five unexcused absences, it's the principle that bothers her."
thank god she went to the media to report such an important story
 
2013-01-12 06:57:43 AM
She's pissed at the school? I'd be pissed at the liar liar pants on fire gossip source. but that's me.
 
2013-01-12 06:59:15 AM
Being a mother is the hardest job you'll ever do. Anyone who says differently hates children and pink ribbons.
 
2013-01-12 07:00:54 AM

ordinarysteve: FTA "Even though she said students are not penalized until they have received five unexcused absences, it's the principle that bothers her."
thank god she went to the media to report such an important story


It was three when I was in high school.

Ignore her.
 
2013-01-12 07:02:14 AM
Um, it's like this at every single school I know.
 
2013-01-12 07:05:53 AM
I could have gotten four unexcused absences???
 
2013-01-12 07:06:43 AM
"After so many school shootings and so much violence on campus, I didn't want to take that chance," she said.

I'm confused. How many school shootings and violences happened that week?
 
2013-01-12 07:13:39 AM
sORRy I meant: un-dilluted abstinthe.
 
2013-01-12 07:14:42 AM
After so many school shootings

How many were there? I'm aware of one that happened 1200 miles away.
 
2013-01-12 07:15:59 AM

jtown: I'm confused. How many school shootings and violences happened that week?


How many happen all year? VERY very very very few.

Statistically speaking, that mom is the most dangerous person those kids be around. Parents regularly kill their kids and it barely breaks the local news.
 
2013-01-12 07:21:20 AM
It IS pretty stupid that the board decided to make it unexcused when the kids were properly called out by a parent. Most schools will accept ANY claim of illness unless your kid has something like 20+ days out in a year.... Uh, yeah, my kid has the boogie-woogie blues today.... but this woman has to lie.

Kind of idiocy to run right to the press but I think we've seen that most school boards have the mental processing power of a mold spore and really don't do anything once they've made up their mind unless you publicly embarrass them.
 
2013-01-12 07:23:12 AM
This should have been labeled PANIC EVERYONE, PANIC. I'm sure the snowflakes were so traumatised they are in therapy for this one.
 
2013-01-12 07:24:57 AM
We had a snow day on the second to last day before Winter break and my daughter's classes all were in "watch a movie to kill time before vacation" mode so I showed mercy and called her in with a "severe migraine" and she got 2 extra days off , happy early Christmas I said.
 
2013-01-12 07:25:06 AM
ALl she would've had to do is get the kids to the Doctor's office for some "illness", get a doctor's note, and boom, excuse, and nobody would've cared.
 
2013-01-12 07:26:39 AM

pedrop357: jtown: I'm confused. How many school shootings and violences happened that week?

How many happen all year? VERY very very very few.

Statistically speaking, that mom is the most dangerous person those kids be around. Parents regularly kill their kids and it barely breaks the local news.


I know it's disturbing. I think the way to solve this problem is we need to start arming children. Maybe begin some gun safety classes in preschool and have some sort of CCW issued after they receive their certificate of participation. We've had far too many of these instances and maybe, just maybe, the Susan Smiths and Andrea Yates of the world would be stopped. Even if we save just one toddler the expense of the program will be well worth it its implementation. We must think of the children!

/this message brought to you by the NRA
 
2013-01-12 07:29:43 AM

ordinarysteve: FTA "Even though she said students are not penalized until they have received five unexcused absences, it's the principle that bothers her."
thank god she went to the media to report such an important story


Aye

I thought one of the perks of being an adult was being able to accept the known consequences of decisions you know won't be popular.
 
GBB [TotalFark]
2013-01-12 07:30:59 AM
FTA: "Even though she said students are not penalized until they have received five unexcused absences

t2.gstatic.com

Wake up and smell the coffee, Mrs. Macon. It's a fool's paradise. He is just leading you down the primrose path.
 
2013-01-12 07:46:13 AM

Raider_dad: We had a snow day on the second to last day before Winter break and my daughter's classes all were in "watch a movie to kill time before vacation" mode so I showed mercy and called her in with a "severe migraine" and she got 2 extra days off , happy early Christmas I said.


See, you're the reason we can't have those wonderful crazy parents running things. You're reasonable and put some thought into your actions!!
 
2013-01-12 07:50:38 AM

Hillbilly Jim: I know it's disturbing. I think the way to solve this problem is we need to start arming children. Maybe begin some gun safety classes in preschool and have some sort of CCW issued after they receive their certificate of participation. We've had far too many of these instances and maybe, just maybe, the Susan Smiths and Andrea Yates of the world would be stopped. Even if we save just one toddler the expense of the program will be well worth it its implementation. We must think of the children!


2/10

If you only care about rare high profile or mass killings, then you're part of the problem.

Hundreds of kids die every year from abuse alone. Parents are far greater danger on a person/hour basis than any other person or category. The home, yes the home is he most dangerous place for kids, again even on a time basis.
 
2013-01-12 07:52:14 AM

jtown: "After so many school shootings and so much violence on campus, I didn't want to take that chance," she said.

I'm confused. How many school shootings and violences happened that week?


Odds are about 1000 times higher that they'd be shot at home. This mother was recklessly endangering her kids.
 
2013-01-12 07:57:09 AM
Ban parents
 
2013-01-12 08:00:40 AM
How the fark is this even a news article? A couple of kids got an unexcused absence from school, who the fark cares?
 
2013-01-12 08:06:45 AM
Statistically speaking, the woman is several orders of magnitude more likely to shoot her children than a random crazed gunman. Mass shootings happen maybe once or twice a year, and it's a rare one that tops ten fatalities. By contrast, parents killing their children or other immediate family members killing each other is such an overwhelmingly high portion of murders that when someone turns up murdered, the cops immediately put their parents and siblings on the suspect list and require alibis, even if there is no actual evidence connecting them to the crime.

Like, for every time you'll be killed by a mass shooter, you'll win the state lottery five or six times and be killed by your immediate family something like a hundred plus times, if you're going to start putting relative low-probability events in the "feasible" category.
 
2013-01-12 08:10:59 AM
Eat the bean counters.
 
2013-01-12 08:13:45 AM
When I was in 3rd grade, my mom started our annual "play hooky from school and work to go shopping, grab lunch and see a movie" tradition. She sent me to school the next day with a note that said, "Please excuse Lisa's absence yesterday. She had rockin' pneumonia and the boogie woogie flu. My teacher cracked up, said she was glad I felt better and gave me my homework I had missed. No lecture or unexcused absence. Those were the days.

/love my mom
 
2013-01-12 08:15:34 AM
Gonna be be some seriously pussy kids.
Thanks from all of us that have to deal with their sorry asses.
 
2013-01-12 08:33:12 AM
oh the outrage
 
2013-01-12 08:36:35 AM

REO-Weedwagon: Being a mother is the hardest job you'll ever do. Anyone who says differently hates children and pink ribbons.


I love children and pink ribbons, especially pink ribbons around the necks of children...tried really really tightly...

/I really don't hate children, just their parents.
//Pink ribbons are really farking ugly.
 
2013-01-12 08:39:10 AM

Jim_Callahan: Statistically speaking, the woman is several orders of magnitude more likely to shoot her children than a random crazed gunman. Mass shootings happen maybe once or twice a year, and it's a rare one that tops ten fatalities. By contrast, parents killing their children or other immediate family members killing each other is such an overwhelmingly high portion of murders that when someone turns up murdered, the cops immediately put their parents and siblings on the suspect list and require alibis, even if there is no actual evidence connecting them to the crime.

Like, for every time you'll be killed by a mass shooter, you'll win the state lottery five or six times and be killed by your immediate family something like a hundred plus times, if you're going to start putting relative low-probability events in the "feasible" category.


How many times am I going to be killed, total?

/I kid
 
2013-01-12 09:10:25 AM
So, the kids already get a 2 week holiday but the teachers think they need a 2 day wind down to get ready for the time off...maybe this is part of our crappy education system....
 
2013-01-12 09:10:45 AM

Fizpez: It IS pretty stupid that the board decided to make it unexcused when the kids were properly called out by a parent.


Depends how the school does things. At my school, unexcused absences were ALL absences that did not have a doctor's note explaining them. I think you had to have like 18 in one year before they triggered any sort of problems. Not going to school without your parents having called even once would trigger a call to the parents. If they knew you weren't at school, it wasn't a big deal. If they didn't, you had a problem.
 
zez
2013-01-12 09:25:33 AM
Audra Macon's son, Colton, and daughter, Lauren

I think that explains everything right there

/surprised her name isn't hyphenated
 
2013-01-12 10:13:51 AM
We had those same rumors on the same day at both of the schools that I work at. I almost kept my kids home, but our armed guards prevented anything frm happening. :-)
 
2013-01-12 10:30:25 AM

Fizpez: It IS pretty stupid that the board decided to make it unexcused when the kids were properly called out by a parent.


The school has excused absences, and unexcused absences. Apparently, they don't want to tell all the parents "You can pull you kid anytime you want and claim 'I wasn't sure they would be safe". If you let her do it this time, you have to let all of them do it any time they choose.

This "OMG school shootings, I don't feel safe" stuff is nonsense. Millions of kids go to school every schoolday. Statistically, driving them to school is much higher risk. I don't blame the school for considering that unexcused.

The "Hey, I told the truth, so they shouldn't be punished" thing makes no sense either. If the excuse was "I was tripping on acid, drunker than Cooter Brown, and couldn't find my car to drive them to school", that would be unexcused - even if it was the truth.
 
2013-01-12 10:47:02 AM

blueyd1: When I was in 3rd grade, my mom started our annual "play hooky from school and work to go shopping, grab lunch and see a movie" tradition. She sent me to school the next day with a note that said, "Please excuse Lisa's absence yesterday. She had rockin' pneumonia and the boogie woogie flu. My teacher cracked up, said she was glad I felt better and gave me my homework I had missed. No lecture or unexcused absence. Those were the days.

/love my mom


even though my mom was batshiat crazy she yoinked me out school 1 or 2 times every year in the elementary grades to go to NYC. she wanted to expose me to the big city and culture. i saw Broadway theatre, the Rockettes, opera, museums, you name it. it was the farking best. every time (me being the youngest of four): "shhh! don't tell the others!"

this led to me starting to skip school in 6th grade to take the bus to NYC with my older brother to explore the seedy elements. 42nd St peep shows, titty bars, filthy movies, hockey games. sweeet!
 
2013-01-12 11:52:56 AM

pedrop357: Hillbilly Jim: I know it's disturbing. I think the way to solve this problem is we need to start arming children. Maybe begin some gun safety classes in preschool and have some sort of CCW issued after they receive their certificate of participation. We've had far too many of these instances and maybe, just maybe, the Susan Smiths and Andrea Yates of the world would be stopped. Even if we save just one toddler the expense of the program will be well worth it its implementation. We must think of the children!

2/10

If you only care about rare high profile or mass killings, then you're part of the problem.

Hundreds of kids die every year from abuse alone. Parents are far greater danger on a person/hour basis than any other person or category. The home, yes the home is he most dangerous place for kids, again even on a time basis.


Are you really trying to argue with a very obviously satiracal post. Boy, are you dumb?
 
2013-01-12 11:53:37 AM
Now that the hysteria has quieted, the school board wants its government money, er, students accounted for.
 
2013-01-12 12:35:13 PM
I pooped this morning and it looked like a big question mark. That is at least as newsworthy as an unexcused absence at school, but no reporters have called me yet. I don't get it.
 
2013-01-12 12:48:47 PM
I find it interesting in the wording that "the kids are being CHARGED with an unexcused absence".

So, all she has to do is write them a note and excuse them.

I guess I don't see the point.
 
2013-01-12 12:50:19 PM
Macon heard rumors about potential violence in St. Lucie County schools the day before winter break, Dec.21.

So there was some chatter on the mommy network?
 
2013-01-12 12:54:26 PM
I had friends when I was in school that would take the kids on weks long vactions, in the winter. They were staright A students.

/i feel safer
 
2013-01-12 01:23:09 PM

zez: Audra Macon's son, Colton, and daughter, Lauren

I think that explains everything right there

/surprised her name isn't hyphenated


What's wrong with the name Lauren?  Colton is a bit odd, but when did Lauren become a weird name?
 
2013-01-12 01:55:41 PM

MycroftHolmes: pedrop357: Hillbilly Jim: I know it's disturbing. I think the way to solve this problem is we need to start arming children. Maybe begin some gun safety classes in preschool and have some sort of CCW issued after they receive their certificate of participation. We've had far too many of these instances and maybe, just maybe, the Susan Smiths and Andrea Yates of the world would be stopped. Even if we save just one toddler the expense of the program will be well worth it its implementation. We must think of the children!

2/10

If you only care about rare high profile or mass killings, then you're part of the problem.

Hundreds of kids die every year from abuse alone. Parents are far greater danger on a person/hour basis than any other person or category. The home, yes the home is he most dangerous place for kids, again even on a time basis.

Are you really trying to argue with a very obviously satiracal post. Boy, are you dumb?


Yeah,I think someone's sarcasm detector has been surgically removed.
 
2013-01-12 03:14:19 PM
St. Lucie County school district spokesperson Janice Karst said in an email, "Policies regarding excused absences are outlined in the student handbook which all parents receive. Also, it was publicized that Friday, Dec. 21, schools would operate as normal."

Somebody could have shot the kids just to show school district spokesperson Janice Karst  how full of shiat she really is and vindicate the concerned mom.
 
2013-01-12 03:24:02 PM
I do this every year, my kid splits his holiday between his father and I, and we usually end up taking a day at the beginning or end of the break, due to travel arrangements and such. We also pull a hooky day once or twice a year and go to Springfield or something.

I had no idea this was a "bad thing". I tell the school, they write down whatever they want and no more is ever said. Just like my job, sometimes a vacation day is taken to do something personal...I had no idea that children were not afforded the same (?). Maybe they are writing down "unexcused", but what does that matter??

I am so confused.
 
2013-01-12 03:47:31 PM

MycroftHolmes: Are you really trying to argue with a very obviously satiracal post. Boy, are you dumb?


It's not satirical, more mocking sarcasm. Boy, are you dumb?
 
2013-01-12 03:52:16 PM
In high school, I had many absences explained by a parental note explaining that there was "a family matter out of town." I was skiing with my dad, uncle, and cousins.
 
2013-01-12 06:51:35 PM

pedrop357: MycroftHolmes: Are you really trying to argue with a very obviously satiracal post. Boy, are you dumb?

It's not satirical, more mocking sarcasm. Boy, are you dumb?


Yes, it is mocking sarcasm and not satire, as those two don't overlap at all. Boy, you are dumb.
 
2013-01-12 08:56:42 PM

Fizpez: It IS pretty stupid that the board decided to make it unexcused when the kids were properly called out by a parent. Most schools will accept ANY claim of illness unless your kid has something like 20+ days out in a year.... Uh, yeah, my kid has the boogie-woogie blues today.... but this woman has to lie.

Kind of idiocy to run right to the press but I think we've seen that most school boards have the mental processing power of a mold spore and really don't do anything once they've made up their mind unless you publicly embarrass them.


In other words, another prissy attention whore vs. brainless tinpot dictators.

/This should be on Consumerist, not the news.
 
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