Mom Truant For Court
Now Stanley will be making up for it in jail.
"He's a nasty little boy," said Jimmy Rodriguez, neighbor.
Rodriguez says he's had plenty of time to learn this about his eight year old neighbor, since he's spent more than a third of this school year at home for the third year in a row.
"I asked him..do you go to school? because all the kids have already graduated and everything...and he goes...i don't care...my mom don't give a damn if i go to school or not."
But whether she cares or not, she missed her chance to show it as court officials waited.
"When mom doesn't show up...the judge issues that arrest warrant and hopefully at some point we'll find out what's going on...but more importantly we can get that child back in school," said Kevin Christian, Marion County schools spokesperson.
WCJB stopped by Stanley's house to let her know there was a warrant out for her arrest, but no one answered the door.
"The big concern here is that you've got an eight year old...who's not in school who is not learning how to read or how to write, and if we don't teach them that at a young early age...what are they going to be like years from now?" said Christian.
The first grader is supposed to attend Oakcrest Elementary, and has been working with three social workers. He's also attended Kingsbury Academy, an alternative school in Marion County.
"We can't resolve a situation where a parent simply doesn't take their child to school without coming into a court room like this so," said Christian.
And when Stanley goes to jail, the Department of Children and Families will be responsible for finding somewhere for the first grader to live.
Assistant State Attorney Anthony Tatti says maybe not so surprisingly when Chibrice Stanley was in school. She also missed well over the legal amount of unexcused absences, but that was before it became a misdemeanor crime to be truant over 15 days.
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