California threatens to arrest 12 year old for missing three Zoom classes, by Simon Black

Simon Black’s weekly tally of the absurd. From Black at

Are you ready for this week’s absurdity? Here’s our Friday roll-up of the most ridiculous stories from around the world that are threats to your liberty, risks to your prosperity… and on occasion, inspiring poetic justice.

School Threatens to Arrest 12 Year Old Over Three Missed Zoom Classes

A California school sent a letter threatening to arrest and prosecute a 12 year old boy who missed 90 minutes of online virtual classes.

The letter says the middle-schooler is considered truant if he misses more than a half hour of any given class.

When the boy’s father complained about the threat to his son (who happens to be an excellent student and makes straight A’s), the school principal said his hands were tied.

California’s laws regarding truancy force schools to send the warning letter, and funnel kids into the state’s prison pipeline.

Click here to read the full story.

Mother Faces Prison for Keeping Kids Home From School

A mother of two in the UK has a great reason to keep her kids home from school.

She is especially at risk of complications if she contracts COVID-19 due to diabetes, asthma, and an underactive thyroid. According to these conditions, the UK’s socialized health system, the NHS, classifies her as clinically vulnerable.

But that doesn’t matter to the local education welfare officer, who sent a letter to the mom demanding her children return to school, or she will face up to three months in prison and a £2,500 fine.

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One response to “California threatens to arrest 12 year old for missing three Zoom classes, by Simon Black

  1. Is home schooling legal in California? As the child is learning on-line anyway surely the solution is to withdraw him from school and indicate he is now being home-schooled.


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