Muskogee High School officials are said to be the enforcement of the law is to keep students accountable.
A high school in Oklahoma is cracking down on the students for coming late and missing class.
Officials in Muskogee High School in Muskogee, Oklahoma are said to be the enforcement of a state law that make it possible for the school to fine students $250 for missing classes repeatedly without an excused absence. The law also requires that the students could be imprisoned for 15 days for the same reason.
It was not immediately clear what would happen if the fine is not paid.
Muskogee High School Principal Kim Fleak told KTUL that the fine would apply to students who are late or miss class four times in four weeks, noting that the fines that are set by the state and are meant to hold the students accountable.
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“We had a number of presence of problems, so this is one of those ways that we try to fight. It is important for us that the children at school, in the classroom, the receipt of this instruction,” Principal Kim Fleak told KOCO 5.
That said, some parents are not happy with the school decision. And at least 400 students signed a petition to the challenges of the school and the enforcement of the law, KTUL reported.
“There Is no way that I could afford a $250 fine,” Johanna Hondy, whose daughter attends Muskogee high School, told KTUL. “I don’t know anyone in this city who can afford that really.”
A tenth grade student at the school, Abigail Cochran, is one of the students who signed the petition. They said that they travel to and from the classes, five minutes can be difficult for students who are commuting on the campus.
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“There are people who wish to remove it from school, because of this, because they know that they can’t pay these fines,” Cochran said, indicating a better option to punish students would be detention.
A spokesperson for Muskogee high School was not immediately available for comment when contacted by Fox News on Saturday.
Madeline Farber is a Reporter for Fox News. You can follow her on Twitter @MaddieFarberUDK.