No excuse for parents allowing truancy

February 10, 2014 

An East St. Louis mom is getting an overdue lesson in the importance of education. Other parents, are you paying attention?

Rachel Davis is serving two weekends in the St. Clair County Jail because she hasn't regularly sent her children to school. Don't feel sorry for her. If anything, we wonder why it took so long for the courts to bring down the hammer.

Her one child has missed more than 100 days of school since August 2012 despite attempts to help. When Davis said it was too dangerous for her first-grader to walk to school, the county Regional Office of Education arranged bus service. The problem persisted.

Let's hope some reflection time behind bars makes her see the light.

Sad to say, Rachel Davis' case is not unique. Two moms from Cahokia also recently pleaded guilty in truancy cases.

St. Clair County State's Attorney Brendan Kelly needs to continue to take a hard line with parents like these. As he points out, truancy is a leading indicator of future criminal behavior.

Growing up in an economically depressed area like East St. Louis or Cahokia is challenging enough. Without attending school, children won't stand a chance.

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