It's 10 a.m. Do you know where your children are?
If they're not in school, you can get busted. Ermila Zamora, a 43-year-old mom in Long Beach, was arrested on Monday for allegedly failing to make sure her son went to class. According to the Long Beach Post, the boy had racked up more than 50 days of unexcused absences at Washington Middle School, even though multiple attempts were made to address the problem.
The arrest comes under a new California truancy law that took effect on January 1. The law allows parents to be prosecuted if their children are “chronically truant,” or miss 10 percent or more of class time.
Zamora was released from Long Beach City Jail on $10,000 bail. If convicted of the misdemeanor charge, she can face a maximun sentence of a year in prison and a $2,000 fine.