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Judge: No court power to let kids miss school

Judge: No court power to let kids miss school

A judge has rejected a lawsuit by parents in Alabama who wanted to force school officials to let their sons work from home because of the swine flu scare.
Circuit Judge Charles Price said he did not have the authority to take the steps sought by the parents of the children, who attend Wetumpka Elementary School, north of Montgomery.
Attorney Jerry Blevins and his wife, Carol, filed a lawsuit against the Elmore County Board of Education and the state school board asking Price to order school officials to give their sons, ages 7 and 8, excused absences until the school year ends May 21.
Alabama has four confirmed cases of swine flu.
An attorney for Elmore County schools, Spud Seale, said it would be impossible for the school system to excuse the Blevins' children as requested.
"This would create chaos," Seale said. "If the Blevins were allowed to do this, then why not let every parent take their children out of school?"
Judge Price said the Blevins could withdraw their children from school and have them home-schooled or enroll them in a private school.
Jerry Blevins said they decided to send their sons back to school Monday after hearing news reports that schools in Madison County, which has the most swine flu cases in Alabama, were reopening and that only one probable case had been reported in Montgomery County, which is next to Elmore County.
But he said he didn't drop the lawsuit because he wants to have the option to pull his children out of school if there are more probable or confirmed cases of swine flu.


Updated : 2021-06-21 09:46 GMT+08:00