Parents in trouble for failing to send child to school

ANDERSON COUNTY, Ky. (WKYT) - School may be out for the summer but that's not stopping a truancy officer from charging a Kentucky couple with failure to send their child to school.

Charlotte Hockensmith, 42 and her husband Darren Hockensmith, 41, will have to face a judge tomorrow and potential fines.

But Charlotte Hockensmith claims she kept her 11-year-old-son, Danny home from school this year with good reason, "He was having stomach issues this year. I don't know exactly why. Doctors said he was having the stomach virus. He was miserable and throwing up and I didn't feel comfortable for sending him to school."

Court documents state that Charlotte Hockensmith's son had 10 unexcused absences and 6 unexcused tardies this past school year.

"Sometimes he didn't get to go to the doctor the very day he missed. And doctors offices, they won't write a statement saying he was sick this day if he didn't go in the office that very day," says Hockensmith.

But, court documents show this isn't the first time Charlotte and her husband, Darren have been in trouble for failing to send Danny to school. In Woodford County, where he once attended school, paperwork shows the Hockensmith's son had 9 unexcused absences and four unexcused tardies.

Hockensmith says she understands the importance of her son's education but that his health came first, "He hates it when he misses school. He's been known to cry because he didn't go to school."

Despite missing several days of school this year, Hockensmith says that Danny graduated from Emma B. Ward Elementary and will be headed to middle school in the fall.

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