http://www.wsbtv.com/news/10757276/detail.html Alabama Parents Can Be Fined If Kids Misbehave POSTED: 5:44 am EST January 16, 2007 BAYOU LA BATRE, Ala. -- According to a recently passed city ordinance, parents in Bayou La Batre can now be arrested and fined $100 for their children's misbehavior in school or excessive unexcused absences. State education officials say Bayou La Batre is the only city in Alabama to have such a policy, the Press-Register of Mobile reported on its Web site today. The ordinance affects about 3,000 students at four Mobile County public schools inside the city's limits: Booth Elementary, Dixon Elementary, Alba Middle and Alma Bryant High. Bayou La Batre Mayor Stan Wright said the decision to use legal action is up to principals and none have gone that far yet. To start the process, a principal would fill out a form requesting a citizen's arrest. Then, the parent would be arrested but could avoid jail time by posting $500 bail. Eventually, the case would be heard in municipal court. The ordinance passed by a unanimous vote of the council in September and is taken directly from a section of the Alabama code concerning student attendance and behavior.