A St. Johns teen is back in the custody of his mother after she had put him behind bars for refusing to attend school
A 14-year-old St. Johns County boy left home wearing cuffs Tuesday morning instead of a backpack.
The Murray Middle School student, whose name has been redacted from the Sheriff’s Office report, refused to go to school, so his mother called the police.
She said she had already taken away his cellphone, laptop and disconnected the Internet, but he still refused to attend school.
A deputy responded to the Ponce Harbor Drive apartment and spoke to the teen in his room. He wrote in the report that the boy said he wanted to go to school in New York, where the family had just moved from about two months ago.
The teen was advised that he would be arrested for obstruction of justice if he refused to go to school and the boy responded with, “Do what you gotta do. I’m not going to school.”
The student was handcuffed and taken to the St. Johns County jail on a charge of resisting without violence/obstruction of justice.
The teen was then taken to the Florida Department of Juvenile Justice and released to his mother not long after.
Cmdr. Chuck Mulligan from the St. Johns Sheriff’s Department said their goal is not to arrest 14 year olds, but rather help them.
“The idea is for the judge to give orders for him to get into a program or counseling so he can adjust,” Mulligan said. “His mom was just trying to get him to do the right thing.”
In the police report, the mother said her son failed grades in New York for skipping school.