Pa. Mom Jailed For Lice-Laden Children

Pa. Mom Jailed For Lice-Laden Children

There are 88 comments on the NBC 10 Philadelphia story from Apr 2, 2008, titled Pa. Mom Jailed For Lice-Laden Children. In it, NBC 10 Philadelphia reports that:

A woman was charged with endangering her children after she sent them to school with lice, despite being warned that they could not attend class.

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“I'm not nuts. Just different”

Since: Mar 08

Cheswold, Delaware.

#84 Apr 5, 2008
Anonymous wrote:
I don't think it is considered judging when the facts are printed in the paper. This mother is downright trash. Six kids at the age of 27 and with a heroine addiction. I'm not judging either, just going by the facts.
You are in fact "Judging" her when you call her trash because she has a disease.(heroine adiction) No amount of jail time is going to fix this problem. Maybe a better idea would have been forced rehab for mom and (if no relatives are around) foster care for the kids.

West Liberty, KY

#85 Apr 7, 2008
concerned wrote:
lice live in CLEAN hair...if it were dirty they would not be able to "stick" to the hair.
you're right about the " staying" part>> but they can LIVE in dirty hair also,its just they prefer clean

Deland, FL

#86 Apr 7, 2008
"I think schools and police should work together more closely to jail as many negligent parents as possible! Studies have proven that children are better off in foster care or institutions anyway."

I don't Know you so I will not judge you but studies do not always have correct results and as someone who was in and out of foster care, sometimes its not good at all for the children involved regardless of how the kids in the studies may have turned out usually the case is the kids turn out strong because they have no other choice. Oh and headlice however many times is the least of a mothers worries, I mean sometimes dogs get fleas, sometimes people get lice and sometimes houses have rodents, and they are not always easy to get rid of but If thats the only thing going wrong in your life your doing pretty good.
Christine D

Bethlehem, PA

#87 Apr 10, 2008
NYMICK wrote:
Why are you attacking the Mother when the story does not give any indication there was abuse of any kind? As Linda stated 'They are easy to catch but not easy to kill.' and maybe the Mother took the necessary steps and failed to see that that was not enough.
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The article clearly stated that she was told of the problem, and she outright refused to pick her children up from school. That is a blatant disregard for authority. Not only is she teaching her children that hygiene is of no great importance, but that it is okay to break the rules when the rules are inconvenient for you.

Chicago, IL

#88 Apr 24, 2008
I only wish they would do this to my husband's ex wife. My two step daughters live with us full time. Every time they visit her, we can expect a lice infestation when they return. She has even put gasoline and kerosene on their heads and what does our state health department say to this? That lice and treatment/remedies are not against the law no matter how many times it has happened..we even sent a presciption along with one visit, only to have her refuse to return the children afterward.

The system is isgusting and it is a damn shame more governments don't do more to protect children from neglect. Kudo's to PA!

Etobicoke, Canada

#89 Aug 31, 2008
it's obvious you don't know what you're talking about: lice are the DEVIL to eliminate.

my friend and i moved from the toronto (where we'd never once had a case of head lice) to rural canada because it was healthier for our children. they started school in sept and by christmas, had head lice.

they missed three full months of school while we picked, shampoo'd, combed, plucked, steam-cleaned, vacuumed, etc etc etc, trying to get rid of those little b--d's. we sent them to school clean and within two weeks, they've got them again. we bombed those poor children for those three months with every lice product ont he market - we didn't know they were dangerous neurotoxins, one of them illegal to use on crops (lindane)! we even shut the heat off in the house for two days and cropped the girls' long, beautiful hair - still didn't work. we eventually resigned ourselves to the fact that our options were lice-free homeschooling or public school and lice.

"neglect", my rosy pink hinie. it's common knowledge that lice do not like dirty hair (yes, we stopped washing the girls' hair for a month but while it reduced the infestation and made picking easier, it didn't prevent it). i think counselling to use neurotoxins on children is the jailable offense.

if the schools are THAT concerned about what is, basically, a nuisance and not a "health" issue, then they would round up the entire student body and all siblings at home and do a mass nit-pick.
Cleanup wrote:
Little lesson here folks, lice are 1. parasites 2. suck the blood of their hosts 3. are not hard to get rid of if you simply follow instructions and use hot water to wash everything 3. PREVENT kids from going to school 4. you MUST come get your kids if the school calls and says that they have a condition that requires them to be separated from the population 5. IF YOU DON'T then the police have to get involved because the case is then one of neglect.
Are we all up to speed now? This is why health classes can't be cut from curricula. People in this state are nasty.

New York, NY

#91 Sep 10, 2008
do any of you even know her to say sh eis dirty or even if she did treat them, in case you dont know it is possible that is case of llice is so extreme one shampoo does not clear all. stop jumping to conclusions. if your kid fell or stepped in the mud kids made fun of him b/c he was dirty how would you feel as people step to conclusions that your family is :"dirty" BE NICE

Philadelphia, PA

#92 Sep 10, 2008
At the Walmart on 13 in Newark,DE they actually have the word LICE on one of their isle signs LOL.

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