Eighteen Jacksonville parents have been arrested on warrants charging them with repeatedly failing to send their children to school as 26 others are being sought, according to the State Attorney’s Office.
The 44 truancy cases involve children who missed a combined 6,558 days in the last three school years. In one case a child had missed 239 days since 2011 and is now a 9-year-old first-grader, according to prosecutors.
The children of these parents have the highest absentee rates in Duval County, the State Attorney’s Office said.
The adults were charged with contributing to the delinquency of a minor and failure to comply with compulsory school attendance laws, according to the Sheriff’s Office. Most were arrested Thursday, with others Sunday and Monday, according to their arrest reports.
The Duval County school district worked to improve attendance with these parents, then the State Attorney’s Office’s Truancy Arbitration Program was invoked before arrest warrants were filed as the final resort to improve attendance.
Each warrant carried a $1,503 bail. If convicted, the parents face up to a year in jail on the delinquency charge, which is a first-degree misdemeanor, and up to 60 days on the second-degree misdemeanor for failure to comply.
The 18 are Michael Reams, Barbara Souza, Lashauna Lopez, Trina Arlene Taylor, Justin Frier Sr., Tiffany Brooks-Lamar, Tiffany Furrer, Lucius Corbitt, Afton Nolan, Charlie Thorton, Nikisha Brown, Rachel DeJesus, Aneisha Lundy, Susan Profit, Jackeya Davis, Claudia Tunin, Christina Crook and Kari Pope-Little.