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44 Florida parents face criminal charges after their children skipped school too many times

By Mason White 11:16 AM October 24, 2014
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By: Chan Yuan
44 parents are being punished because their children’s poor school attendance.

Authorities in Jacksonville, Florida, issued arrest warrants for 44 parents in what they call a “truancy sweep.”

So far, sheriff’s deputies arrested 18 parents for failing to send their children to school.

Officials said that they are targeting parents of children, who had the highest absentee rates in Duval County.

The State Attorney’s Office said that the arrests were done as a last resort to improve the school attendance of children.

Authorities said the children lost a total combined 6,558 days over a three year period.

In one case, a child lost 239 days of school in three years. The child, who is now 9 years old and in the first grade, was detained twice due to excessive absence.

The parents who were arrested, are facing charges of contributing to the delinquency of a minor and failure to comply with compulsory school attendance laws.

“Truancy sweep is necessary to send a clear message to parents that this behavior is not acceptable. Parents are responsible for the care and welfare of their children, including ensuring the attendance of their children at school,” State Attorney Angela Corey said.

Each warrant carries a $1,500 bond. If found guilty, parents can face up to one year in prison.