Parents hope to get a word in after son's truancy flap
Nathan Bennett is a first-grader at Anne Bailey Elementary School. He missed 15 days of school this year because of illness, with five being counted as unexcused absences under school system policy. His parents, Justin and Beth Bennett, always picked up his homework when he was absent, and he has been named a "Super Student" for each nine-week period this school year. Justin and Beth were recently charged with truancy for Nathan's lost days.
Justin and Beth Bennett, seen here with their sons Nathan, 6, and Hunter, 2, were recently charged with truancy when Nathan missed 15 days of school because of illness. Nathan went through a bout of mononucleosis in November, and even his principal was surprised that the boy's parents were charged.
The Bennetts go over doctor's excuses and supportive letters from school officials in the living room of their St. Albans area home. School officials helped them get the absences down to five unexcused, but both parents were charged with truancy.