A Hanford mom fails to get her kids to school, and now she's serving the detention. Kids may not always want to go to school, but they have to, it's the law.
There are typically 180 days in a school year, and that's exactly how much time a Hanford mom will spend in jail for not sending her kids to school. 34-year-old Lorraine Cuevas plead guilty to violating the state truancy law. She allowed her two young children to miss a total of 116 days during last year's school year. The truancy law states that kids must not miss more than 10% of the school year.
"That's a lot I mean how many days off do you get to be sick at your job. How many do that give you right?"
Cuevas was arrested this past August. She admitted in court she allowed her kids to stay home from elementary school without a valid excuse. Kings County Superintendent of Schools Tim Bowers says in cases like these, it's the kids who suffer. "These are unexcused absences we're talking about and we need kids to come to school. We can't get them to move forward if they're not in the classrooms."
Other parents in the district are shocked that a mom would put herself before her kids.
Irene Casillas said, "Your kids are missing out on all the school an everything. They could be learning for what? For the mom's fault? She should take responsibility for it."