5 Stories

Family Loses Welfare Because of Girl's Cancer

She couldn't go to school, so Michigan cut off benefits

(Newser) - When Martha describes how her 12-year-old daughter, Lisa, suffered while battling brain cancer—seizures, strokes, more than two years in and out of hospitals—it doesn't seem at all surprising that Lisa wouldn't have been up for attending school during this time. But as her mom (using pseudonyms)... More »

Texas Remedy for Skipping School: Send Teens to Jail

BuzzFeed finds at least 1K jailed over the last 3 years on charges related to truancy

(Newser) - High school students in Texas who make a habit of ditching school aren't just risking the wrath of an angry principal, they're going to jail. Actual, adult jail. A BuzzFeed investigation finds that more than 1,000 teens have been ordered to prison in the last three years... More »

Guy Skips Work for 24 Years, Gets Fired

AK Verma, an engineer in India, last showed for work in 1990

(Newser) - A man who ditched work for 24 years has finally lost his job—apparently a sign that India is cracking down on government bureaucrats who avoid office time, Reuters reports. AK Verma, a senior engineer at the Central Public Works Department, last showed up for work in December 1990. The... More »

Boy, 14, Arrested for Refusing to Go to School

'Do what you gotta do,' he tells cops

(Newser) - A 14-year-old boy in Florida really, really didn't want to go to school and was willing to accept the consequences: The St. Augustine teen was handcuffed and arrested after his mother called the cops, having first tried taking away his phone and disconnecting the Internet, reports the Smoking Gun... More »

Mom Jailed 180 Days for Kids' Truancy

She broke California's law on unexcused school absences

(Newser) - A California mother who let her two young kids miss a huge chunk of school last year for no good reason is paying the price in jail. Lorraine Cuevas, 34, already has begun serving her 180-day sentence for violating the state's truancy law, reports KMPH . Kings County school officials... More »

5 Stories