One of my issues with this story is the anger (not necessarily on here, but in general) that people have over her being punished for not sending her child to school. We, as a society, complain about the school system, we complain about how education is also the responsibility of the parent and when the parent isn't doing her part, we expect the school and other members of society to speak up. The school system did speak up in this case and now they are being told that they overstepped their boundaries? We can't have it both ways. We can't say out of one side of our mouths that the parent should be help accountable and then complain when it happens out of the other side of our mouths. She got what she deserved by the school...she was called on the carpet for failing to provide documentation related to her childs repeated unexcused absences. They did their job. The job we all expect them to do. It was once again the parent in this case who thumbed her nose to the school and court system and she got what she deserved in the end. All she had to do during any of the beginning phase of this drama was provide documention to the school. And, in my opinion, you don't take your kids out of school for 9 days to go on vacation during the school year. You just don't. It's bad parenting. It's poor planning for everyone involved and your child will suffer educationally because of it. And, while I am on my soapbox here, what has this child learned from his mother? He has learned that even when you are caught red handed by the authorities for defying the rules of the court, that you don't need to accept personal responsibility for your actions. He learned from his mother that it's ok to make excuses for your behavior. He learned that you can disregard the Courts of our land and be a renegade and do what you want. She has now done an even larger disservice to her child...she took him out of school so he missed critical learning goals and then she taught him to f*** the system in the process. Mother of the year.