Past that, if you people want to punish someone, decide who’s rightfully to blame.
(If a kid runs away, their parents shouldn’t be fined each day they’re missing. If the teacher is lousy the parents shouldn’t get in trouble, and neither should the kid. If the parent didn’t do their stinking job and teach their kids the important things in life like work ethics and respect for others and their things then the kid’s entire future is practically useless… and it’s the parent’s fault. Not the teacher’s, not the kid’s. (I’m not advocating that we leave them behind). Sometimes the blame is on other things, like a student’s peers. Sometimes there are bad influences in their lives.)