As a new school year gets underway, it is our hope that a new plan will deal with a problem that some principals have complained about for decades, truancy. District Attorney Hillar Moore says truancy is a top priority and he is ready to deal with it.
Moore says this school year, if a student has five unexcused absences, a misdemeanor summons will be issued to the child's parents and the matter will be handled in district court. If you are a parent and expect your child to be responsible, then you must be a responsible parent.
It is incumbent on you as a parent to be sure you are up in the morning and preparing your child for the school day. Law enforcement believes a lower truancy rate will mean lower crime rates. Last year, 56% of the crimes committed by juveniles in the parish occurred during school hours and half of those crimes were the work of children with high truancy rates.