15-year-old Grace has been sentenced to Juvenile Detention by a Michigan judge for not completing her online coursework when her school switched to remote learning as a result of the pandemic.
According to reports, the 15-year-old who had been diagnosed with ADHD had been on probation. However, she had not broken any laws after she was released. Notwithstanding, the judge still ruled that she had violated probation because of the missing homework assignments. “It just doesn’t make any sense,” her mom has said. Grace and her mom live in a predominantly white community in the Detroit suburbs. Here, an excessive amount of Black youth is often sent to the juvenile justice system.
The mother of the 15-year-old isn’t the only one shocked by the judge’s verdict – Many attorneys and advocates in Michigan agree that it truly doesn’t make sense. Most say that they have never heard of another case involving “the detention of a child for failing to meet academic requirements after schools closed to help stop the spread of COVID-19.”
Ricky Watson Jr., executive director of the National Juvenile Justice Network is confused. He said, “Who can even be a good student right now? Unless there is an urgent need, I don’t understand why you would be sending a kid to any facility right now and taking them away from their families with all that we are dealing with right now.”
Meanwhile, Grace’s mom is working hard to get her daughter released, but so far, there is little progress recorded.