According to KTUL, school officials at Muskogee High School are asking the state to enforce a law that will allow them to fine students for lateness or missing class without an excused absence.
The fine will cost the students $250 and the policy may include imprisoning the students for 15 days. Principal Kim Fleak explained that the fine will apply to students who miss class four times within four weeks.
Principal Kim Fleak said they’ve raised expectations for their students moving forward, but kids and their parents, who are most likely paying the fine, say it’s out of line.
“There’s no way that I could afford a $250 fine,” said Johanna Hondy, whose daughter goes to the high school. “I don’t know anyone in this town who can afford that really.”
Fleak said it’s a way to make sure kids are in class.
She said being late, also referred to as a partial absence, or missing class four times in four weeks could now cost you.
“We had some attendance issues. So, this is one of those ways that we’re trying to combat,” explained Fleak. “It’s important to us that these kids are in school, in the class, receiving that instruction and having that time with teachers in seats.”
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