In re Brandi B.
West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals
743 S.E.2d 882, 2013 WL 2149763 (2013)
Fourteen-year-old Brandi B. (defendant) missed nine days of school between September 22 and October 28. Six of those absences were due to Brandi’s suspensions for fighting. Citing the state’s juvenile status-offense statutes, the county truancy officer petitioned to have Brandi declared a habitual truant without good cause. The trial court ruled that Brandi’s suspensions for flouting school policy against fighting did not give Brandi good cause to miss six days of school, and that even if they did, a total of nine days’ absence in so short a time warranted declaring Brandi a habitual truant in need of the court’s supervision. Brandi appealed to the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals.
Rule of Law
Holding and Reasoning (Workman, J.)
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