Loudoun County is the second-wealthiest county in the nation, about an hour away from Washington, DC, and coincidentally, where I currently reside while
Shoes get lost, knees get scraped, backpacks get spilled. So on some days, members of the Denicore family get to school a minute or two late.What. The. Heck?! Read it again folks. The Denicore kids aren't habitually truant. They're tardy. And it's a crime?
That’s not ideal, Mark and Amy Denicore admit. But, they wonder, is it a crime?
Last Tuesday evening, as the Denicore kids sat down to do homework, a Loudoun County sheriff’s deputy appeared on their doorstep, court summons in hand. The charge: Too many school tardies, a Class 3 misdemeanor. Arraignment is scheduled for Monday morning.
“This is against the peace and dignity of the Commonwealth of the Virginia,” the summons says.
Mark Denicore has a different take: “This is the nanny state gone wild.”
Lord help the Denicores if they continue to be late.
Other times, the situation escalates. On Jan. 21, Loudoun mother Maureen Blake was arrested and charged with “contributing to the delinquency of her minor children by causing them to be habitually late to school,” according to court documents.And if Obama has his way, parents in Loudoun County can be charged with their 18-year-old, who most likely drives himself to school, being habitually late.
This was her second go-round in the courts for tardiness, she said, and now she faces a Class 1 misdemeanor that can carry a maximum of 12 months in jail.
All because God forbid the little impressionable munchkins miss one minute of the horrific indoctrination process that is todays public miseducation.