Michigan State authorities are fighting for the release of a 15-year-old schoolgirl sent to prison for failing to complete her homework. This was reported by the Detroit Metro Times on Thursday, July 16.
Last year, Grace (girl’s name is not reported) was accused of assault and theft, while being left on probation. However, in May this year, a judge sent a 15-year-old girl to a juvenile delinquent facility, believing that her failure to do her homework during distance learning, introduced in school because of the pandemic, was a violation of conditions.
At the same time, it is known that the girl suffers from Attention Deficit and Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and she has had a particularly difficult time with online classes.
David Coulter, the head of Auckland County where Grace was convicted, believes that her “case needs to be reviewed as part of an ongoing trial or appeal” and has already spoken to the judge about this.
Michigan state congressmen are also calling for a retrial. Representative Andy Levine, a member of the House of Representatives, stated the “serious shortcomings” committed by the court officials, who, in particular, did not take into account the “reduced learning curve” of the girl.
According to some experts and Grace’s mother, this case may also reflect a systemic racial bias. Grace is African American.
Congresswoman Brenda Lawrence called the court’s decision troubling. She said it was necessary to make sure that we are not talking about “disproportionate realities in the law enforcement system faced by ethnic minorities.
Even before the public campaign began, the next court hearing in the Grace case was scheduled for September 8.
According to UNESCO, school closures due to the threat of coronavirus proliferation have affected over 90 per cent of students worldwide. First, students were sent on holiday, then governments moved the education system to remote work and education continued online. 192 countries closed their educational institutions during the Coronavirus Pandemic, and more than 50 countries moved to distance learning.