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Teen-age Wife Readies For School

April 20, 1987

COVINGTON, Ky. (AP) _ A 13-year-old was expected to be in a junior high classroom Tuesday to comply with a judge’s decision that she is not exempt from school attendance even though she is married and pregnant.

Kenton County Juvenile Court Judge Wilfred Schroder sentenced Rachel Partin to begin serving 22 days in juvenile dentention last week, attending classes during the day at Conner Junior High School in Hebron.

Her husband, 18-year-old Richard Partin, fulfilled his sentence and spent the Easter weekend in jail. Schroder ruled Wednesday that Partin was responsible for not sending his wife to school.

Mrs. Partin failed to attend classes Monday because of problems arranging transportation from the detention center to the school in Hebron, but was expected to go Tuesday, Juvenile Court officials said.

The Partins, who were married Jan. 13, are expecting a baby in December. Kentucky has no age limit for marriage, requiring only that a minor who wishes to marry have parental or guardian consent.

Partin said he left school in the eighth grade. He works as a motel housekeeper. He told the court he had taken his wife to school several times, but she didn’t stay in class.

″I’d take her to school, but she’d just call her grandmother to come and get her,″ he said.

Mrs. Partin’s grandmother, Gertrude Henson, said she had raised the girl since she was 7 months old and had signed the permission form for her to marry.

″There was no way I could refuse to do it. She is very, very strong- headed,′ ′ Mrs. Henson said.

Mrs. Partin gave the judge a letter from Gov. Martha Layne Collins arguing that Kentucky law exempts a married child under 16 from compulsory school attendance. The judge declined to exempt her.

″She’s a street-wise little girl, but she’s still a little girl,″ the judge said.

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