Judge rules Oakland County teen will stay in detention center after not completing homework

Posted at 9:53 AM, Jul 20, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-21 10:19:05-04

OAKLAND COUNTY, Mich. (WXYZ) — An Oakland County judge has ruled that a 15-year-old girl ordered to a juvenile detention center for violating probation after not completing online coursework will remain in the detention center.

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A rally took place before the court hearing Monday, and in the hearing, the judge also ruled she will undergo therapy. Her next court date is in September.

ProPublica, a nonprofit publication, brought attention to Grace's story.

Grace, 15, had gotten into legal trouble last year, and as one of the conditions of her probation, she had to attend school and complete classwork, which her mother tells ProPublica her daughter was doing until the pandemic hit.

"In school the student gets one-on-one support from teachers and is allowed extra time to complete assignments because of add and other disabilities," Cohen said.

Without that support and the daily structure she was used to, Grace struggled. So she reached out to her special education teacher. "To say she needed help and that one-on-one tutoring began the day after the violation against probation was filed against her," Cohen said.

In response to the case, Oakland County Executive David Coulter has asked for the Oakland County Circuit Court at Children's Village to review Grace's case.

“I spoke with the Judge this evening. While there are many more details that she is unable to share with me and the public to protect privacy of the minor and their family, I believe a review of this case within her court or during an appellate process is required. It has been a top priority of my administration to keep the young people and employees safe at Children’s Village during the pandemic and that includes limiting residency to immediate safety risks,” Coulter said in a statement.