A teen in Germany was sent to jail for skipping school...

@shywolf (4522)
United States
February 9, 2007 1:31pm CST
A 15 year old German girl was recently sent to prison for skipping school. Apparently, she was sentenced to two weeks in prison after missing school for more than three weeks. The Judge was critisized for his actions, but he would not back down, saying that the girl had a fine that she wouldn't pay, then asked for the fine to be converted into social work, which she also neglected to do. The judge felt that this prison sentence was the only option left to teach the girl a lesson. What do you think?
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@uath13 (8207)
• United States
9 Feb 07
What else was he supposed to do, let her go? Kids have to learn there are reprocussions to their actions.
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• United States
10 Feb 07
Seriously, what more could he do? Obviously, she was breaking more than one law. And sometimes, there needs to be a precedent set for all the others that think that they can do the same. If she did not even do community service, what is there left for him to do? She is being tried for her crime by being sent to prison (hopefully it is appropriate), because they have run out of ways to punish her. Where is her parents in all this? They should also be punished...if they are "accomplices," and even if they are not, they could be charged with several types of neglect. What is wrong with the world? Why do we have so many bad people? It is just sad...even children these days...
@Kate06 (123)
• United States
9 Feb 07
I think that the judge did the best thing. He tried giving the girl several options and she denied them all. Even 15 year olds know that they are held accountable for their actions. Hopefully, this girl will learn from this and never have to stand before another judge.
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@sweetlady10 (3619)
• United States
9 Feb 07
I think the judge did not anything wrong. As the girl was so stuborn not to do other thing what she was given as a chance, then she deserve it. Otherwise how someone can teach her a lesson.
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@emeraldisle (13146)
• United States
9 Feb 07
I think it's great. I know here they put the blame on the parents. Well that's fine but I knew one woman who drove her kid to school and watched him go inside. He'd then go out the back once she was gone. How was she to make sure he went to classes while trying to work? She almost ended up going to jail because he kept cutting classes. I think it's time they made these teens realize that there are consequences for what they do. That they will get into trouble not mommy and daddy. I think the Judge was right to do it.
@rosie_123 (6118)
9 Feb 07
Well, in the UK they jail the parents for continued truancy, because they say they are responsible for the behaviour of their kids until the age of 16. I'm not sure I agree with the German ruling or not, but I guess they have to try and do something!
@AskAlly (3627)
• Canada
10 Feb 07
That girl picked the wrong day to get caught. I think the sentence is a little harsh unless she already had a record for other things. I would not want to be in her shoes. What I want to know is why the parents are not accountable at all. I had 5 teens to run after but always managed to keep my nose in their business!
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@vicky1 (240)
• United States
10 Feb 07
I think the Judge was right. They tried to give her something else and she didn't do it. But of course the school I work in the kids could care less if they go to jail. Heck they brag about it.
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@lauriefnp (5112)
• United States
10 Feb 07
I think that it was a great idea, and it will hopefully humble her attitude and teach her a lesson. Any 15 year old who has the nerve to skip school for 3 weeks and then refuse to do community service to atone for the "crime" is in need of a good lesson. I would have been so afraid of the judge; I can't imagine standing there and refusing his sentence. Of course I'm assuming that the parents were involved in the proceedings, and that they have had trouble disciplining this teenager already. So many times the parents actually do all that they can and still have trouble with their kids. It would be great if more family court judges would start to take a tougher approach on the kids. If they think that they are so "grown up", then treat them that way for a few weeks and see if they adjust their attitudes. It would probably do a lot of them some good.
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@eaforeman6 (8983)
• United States
10 Feb 07
I dont like the idea of a 15 year old girl being thrown into a jail with crimminals who might be a horrible influence. I think she should have consequences,maybe there is an alternate form of puishment,
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• United States
10 Feb 07
well i just cant get over someone in germany actually getting into trouble for skipping school.. see i grew up in germany and i skipped school ALL the time.. my parents usually didnt even know that i was skipping because the school never called them to see what was up ect..
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• India
10 Feb 07
nice way to give punishment
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• India
10 Feb 07
i think this is not fare on the path of the judge it is not right to sent a 15 girl to jail for simply skipping the school they could have told the girl in other way and convinced the girl to go to school with this action the girl mind will be frustrated and will be thinking in a negative way and this could spoil her life also
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• India
10 Feb 07
yes this is right solution because the people or rather becoming more & more stubborn and getting attitude in very short ages, so to stop her this mannerism this is best punishment, when she wil see the environment she will get normal. for so much days she is getting parents love and so she is getting more and more rude bcoz she is gtting every thing wat she wanted so.
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@aprilten (1977)
• Philippines
10 Feb 07
this is new to me. well, i guess, it's about time that kids be held responsible for their actions, especially teenagers. let her have a taste of a life in jail.
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• United States
10 Feb 07
Personally, I think that is a bit off. She skipped school for three weeks. She obviously doesn't want to go to school. So what is a 2 week jail sentence going to do? it's going to be like an extra long vacation for her.
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@villageanne (8554)
• United States
10 Feb 07
I would have to have more info to make a knowledgable comment. Maybe the judge thought that the young lady was headed to prison if he did not help her to see what it was like. If 2 weeks could turn her around, it may just work but she should be protected while she is there.
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@yanjiaren (9050)
10 Feb 07
in u.k if the kids abscond the blame is put on the parents cos the kid is still a minor..i think prison is too much but the community work say at weekends shuold have been a good option and the parents should have been more disciplined with their kids..
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• United States
10 Feb 07
I'm thinking that perhaps she will think twice before not doing what she is supposed to. She had ample chances to either pay the fine or do social work. It wasn't like this was his FIRST resort for her punishment. I'm truly thinking perhaps it's what she might need? Sometimes, especially as teens, they just cannot be dealt with. Lord knows I've been at my wits ends with my son (oddly enough 15 too! LOL)and he has had times when he thinks he can do what he wants. She defied a judge, at 15! What will she do at 18 or 21?
@GardenGerty (99317)
• United States
10 Feb 07
I do not know what German prisons are like. I would think more of sending her to a juvenile authority of some kind. I have heard of parents being punished for their kid's truancy, but I think once a child is this old, she needs to be held accountable herself. It sounds like she was basically saying, "You can't make me" by her actions. You don't mess with the judge.
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