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Sunday, January 27, 2013

Observation of the day.

Parents of children who do not reach minimum standards in school should be jailed for up to a year, forced to pay a fine of $2,500.00 , be forced to do community service and face a loss of TANF benefits.

-Randy Nichols
Democrat Knox County District Attorney 


  1. How is having your parents jailed for a year going to help a child improve his performance in school?

  2. That's not my bill. Look at who is advocating it. It's not me.

  3. It may not be your bill, but you seem to be in favor of it.

  4. Did you read my previous comment?

  5. Yes, I read your previous comment, hence my replying to it in a way to would imply I read it. You give no evidence of opposing it, and posted it under the title "observation of the day". It seems if you disagreed, you would have written something to that effect in your post.

  6. What part of I am not advocating this Do you not understand?

  7. So, you're saying that you don't support Randy Nichols' recommendations that the parents of children who do not attend school should be
    -jailed for up to a year
    -forced to pay a fine of $2,500.00
    -be forced to do community service
    -face a loss of TANF benefits

    It's so unclear as to what you are advocating...

    Maybe you only support the loss of TANF benefits. Maybe that's the only difference between your recommendation and Randy Nichols' recommendations.

    Tom C

    1. Tom are you a public school graduate?

    2. I am a public school graduate. Why do you ask? Did you think my question was pointless?

      I'm just trying to get some clarity. With all of the newspapers and social media that's reporting on this story, some are saying that only attendance is going to impact TANF. While others are saying that report cards might impact TANF for parents.

      Maybe it would just be best to see the proposed bill in its entirety so that there won't be further questions.

      Tom C.

  8. I think some of you are missing the point of this post. "The Sen." is trying to deter negative attention. He is trying to direct your attention to a Democrat in hopes that Randy Nichols will have to start defending "The Sen."'s new bill.

  9. You can google your heart our but you'll never find Randy Nichols saying that quote. The article Senator Campfield uses is about multiple groups working together to tackle truancy.

    Even worse, Senator Campfield didn't use a copy/paste to put that part of the article in. It seems that he just paraphrased it and altered a few details.

    HIS VERSION - Parents of children who do not reach minimum standards in school should be jailed for up to a year, forced to pay a fine of $2,500.00 , be forced to do community service and face a loss of TANF benefits.

    ACTUAL - a warrant may be filed against them with a maximum penalty of up to one year in jail, a $2,500 fine, community service and/or elimination of the parent's Families First benefits.

    It is clear that this is a long list of punishments based on the case. There is discussion to be held here on who is being held response and if this is a good idea. I believe if the parent is given community service or given a small jail sentence, the parent is held completely responsible for the actions of their child.

    One thing is clear, Senator Campfield has misrepresented the article and the quote.

  10. So, shorter you:

    "My bill can't be that horrible/inhumane because some other moron [a DEMOCRAT, no less] suggested a similarly horrible bill!"

    You, sir, are a genius.

  11. I'm sure having their parents put in jail will really make those kids study harder!

  12. That's pretty good! You've apparently listed the maximum penalty for parents of students with habitual truancy, which is a far cry from failing to make adequate academic progress.

    If a student made a comparison that dishonest in a paper for my freshman composition class, I'd require a rewrite.


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