Many parents who read about the situation identified with the plight of the Bennetts.
There but for the sake of record-keeping go I.
"How in the name of all that is holy can you treat every situation as equal?" Dwayne Bevins of Charleston wrote in the comments section of the story online.
"What if a child is a straight-A student who makes the honor roll but misses 5 days? That child is 'branded' by this overzealous truancy system and the parents are forced into misdemeanor criminal charges by the court system."
Another reader, Kay May, commented, "I too understand that there must be laws in place.
"However, you cannot expect for a parent to send their child to school when their child is sick and expose others. I wouldn't want other mothers to do that to my children. But it's happening and this is why my children (who have lower immune systems because they are twins) are staying sick."
I totally understand.
It was a brutal winter in my house. Illness bounced from child to child like a germ-infested pingpong ball.
There was vomiting. There were fevers.
There was even something we self-diagnosed called Fifth Disease, common in kids between the ages of 5 and 15, that usually produces a distinctive red rash on the face that makes a child appear to have a "slapped cheek."
It was weird.
Whatever illness visited our house seemed to be replaced by a new illness the following week.
The two working parents who live here adjusted their schedules, alternated staying home, sprayed every surface with disinfectant, and hoped it would stop.
Sometimes we visited the doctor. Most of the time we just called the school to report the illness and absences.
It was horrible.
Like my kids, I'm looking forward to the freedom, fresh air and, hopefully, good health of summer.
And I'm glad I won't be spending it in handcuffs.