Thursday, May 15, 2008

Dad goes to jail because daughter is dumb.

Just when you think you've heard it all, along comes a story like this one. An Ohio man has been put in jail for six months because his nineteen year old daughter cannot pass her G.E.D.

Judge David Kneehouse ordered Brian Gegner to 180 days in jail for contributing to the delinquency of a minor. The charge stemmed from a court order that required him to ensure his daughter got her G.E.D.. Apparently, the girl has been a bundle of fun for this poor guy. She has a 1 1/2 year old daughter. After a history of truancy in school, she decided to drop out at age sixteen And although she's attempted to pass the G.E.D., she can't seem to pass the math portion.

Now, I have a Middle School child and I know you can force them to study, but in no way is that a guarantee they're going to learn anything. Like the saying goes, you can lead a horse to water but you can't make him drink.

In most states, a child can drop out of high school on their own free will, at age sixteen. By sixteen, most states consider you mature enough to decide your own educational destiny. So, in light of this fact, why on earth would they put the blame, the responsibility, on the father now?


Anonymous said...

You must be joking. I never heard about this

Anonymous said...

Unless the father blatantly ignored a court order to provide special tutoring or something like that for which he might have been responsible for as a condition of a divorce or soemthing, I cannot believe they would punish a father for his child's failure to learn. Penalizing a parent for a child's truancy as a youngster, I can understand, but a 19-year-old?


Anonymous said...

I didn't believe this until I googled it myself. What is wrong with that judge? The should throw him off the bench!