York County mom goes before school board after being hit with truancy fines for son missing school

Dria Rhoades choked back tears asdria she went before the West Shore School District’s Board of Education Thursday evening, asking members to show some compassion.

Rhoades son, Trevor Webster, is a freshman at Red Land High School, where he missed more than two weeks of school this year for medical reasons.

“He has been diagnosed with Asperger’s.  He has epilepsy. He has turrets syndrome and he also suffers from cluster migraines,” Rhoades said.

Despite providing doctors’ notes, Rhoades, who’s battling her own health issues, says she was hit with hundreds of dollars in truancy fines from the school district.

“Grand total from April of last year when it started, until now, we are probably up to $1400-$1500,” she said.

Supporters of the family also addressed the board Thursday.

“It’s just heart breaking,” Christina Conley said.  “Dria is a good mom, she’s struggling but she’s a good mom. She loves her kids very much.”

In response, board members said they could not publicly discuss personal matters of students, but that they would look into the situation.

Since hearing Rhoades’ story, other members of the community have collected more than $1000 to help cover the fines; an act of kindness that moves Rhoades to tears.

“The support that we’re getting is overwhelming. We pretty much have cried a lot in the past 24 hours. I mean we really appreciate everything that everybody has done for us,” she said.

5 comments

  • TonytIiger

    One would think there would be a stipulation somewhere within FMLA a disadvantaged struggling family could turn too. Outside of that, this school district should be ashamed. I wonder if there are any of their employees or board members is such a hardship situation. If so how are they handing that? From what I am reading this child may need constant attention and the mother is struggling just to keep it together. I can only imagine how much hard work the child worked to reach being a freshman. I'm behind you Trevor go man! Dria Rhoades, I'll say a prayer for you. I'm another person that feels you definitely should not have to go through this unnecessary and senseless added stress. God Bless!

  • MyTakeOnIt

    The Court of Public Opinion is in session. So far, we have character witnesses from before the child was born to present. Mom is identified as a player of the system after ignoring basic pregnancy rules that probably contributed to the child's health problems. She is accused of continuing a pattern of bad parenting behavior throughout the child's life into high school and misusing funds acquired for his care and through legal settlements of possible purposeful workplace injury. The defendant did not testify in this court. She allegedly is using media for sympathy which has resulted in some members of the Court of Public Opinion contributing money which exceed the amount of the fines and may or may not be used to do so.
    Opinions of the Court range from compassion toward the boy (which never was questioned to begin with) to contempt of the mother. Variations of discussion about illnesses have branched off which this article is not about.
    The Court of Public Opinion is split at this time and a Hung Jury may yet occur.

    • just wondering

      I agree it seems that the people that know her paint a different picture than those who don't. My question is is if the West Shore school district drops the charges and refunds her the money that she has already payed. Will that money that is now in the trust fund for her be kept or will that be sent back to the people that had actually donated the money or will she actually donate that to a cause or keep it for herself. 1000 dollars back from the westshore school district and close to 1200 dollars or more donated from other people sounds like a party to me.

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