Utah school fines students for being late to class

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High school fines students for being late to class: Sharrie Williams reports during Action News at 4 p.m. on September 2, 2017. (WPVI)

One Utah high school has a very controversial new policy to try to curb tardiness.

As of last Tuesday, students who show up late are getting fined.

The first offense is a warning. If students are caught a second time, the fine is $3 dollars.

From there, the fee goes up to $5 dollars each time.

Stansbury High School says the goal of the new policy is to teach students personal accountability and responsibility.

But many parents say that logic is flawed, because they're the ones who will wind up paying.

"There's a lot of families out there that are economically stressed. They're not gonna be able to pay these fines," said one parent.

The principal says if students can't pay the fees, they can take lunch detention or show a clean tardy attendance for a few weeks.

Any money collected will go into a school fund.

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