Ontario teen arrested for skipping school

Police may have been tipped off about the serial-skipper due to her also having missed a court date.
Police may have been tipped off about the serial-skipper due to her also having missed a court date. iStock.

If this were Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, his day would have ended behind bars instead of snug and smug in his bed.

Unfortunately for one Barrie, Ont. Student, her days off had a very different result from the guy who only wanted to have a good time.

The 16 year-old student, who cannot be named, spent the night in jail after skipping classes.

According to Barrie, Ont. police Const. Jamie Saunders, she missed “a significant amount” of school in the last few years.

Seriously? Skipping school means you could be arrested?

Apparently so.

Police may have been tipped off about the serial-skipper due to her also having missed a court date, which likely also contributed to her arrest.

The Ontario Education Amendment Act (Learning to Age 18) says that students must attend school if they are between the ages of six to 18, and the Ontario Education Act makes “non-attendance” of school a provincial offence.

Not only could the student be in trouble but parents of students under 16 could also feel the wrath if their kids skip school.

Although the act also raises the question of student and parents’ Charter rights, does skipping school really warrant their arrests?

Unless and until the courts give us an answer to this question, students may want to think twice before skipping school in the future.

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