* Amanda Burns, whose 5-year-old has 14 absences at Anne Bailey Elementary.
Six other parents failed to appear in court. Bloom issued orders for the arrest of Grayden S. McCormick, Kathryn Smith, Melissa D. Tate, Michelle Rosian, Lona Crouch and Katherine George.
Missing school can shape children's whole lives. Allowing it to happen is a great disservice to them.
Judges are therefore enforcing truancy laws, but it isn't going to be easy if probation doesn't work.
West Virginia prisons are overcrowded, so 1,800 people are crowding regional jails awaiting cell space in prison.
The state's foster child-care program also is overburdened. There are 4,000 children in that system.
Truancy is an epidemic in West Virginia, and it carries a high price. Kids who miss too many classes in their early school years are far more likely to drop out of school later - and far more likely to face lives of economically based heartache.
The state then pays a high price for their distress.
Lawmakers need to figure out how they are going to reverse this trend.
At $12,000 per year per child, taxpayers are doing their part. It's time all parents did theirs.