LANCASTER – Lancaster deputies rounded up 50 students for skipping school this week as part of a truancy sweep aimed at cutting down the number of residential burglaries, authorities said.
The citywide operation took place between 8 a.m. and 3 p.m. on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, said Lancaster Community Relations deputy Michael Rust.
“Basically we’re seeing an increase of residential burglaries during school hours, that’s why they put this operation together,” Rust said. Deputies did not concentrate on any particular area; they just patrolled various streets, during school hours, and contacted school-aged children, Rust said.
“There were many kids who they stopped that were on independent study and different things where they are not assigned to a school,” Rust said. “But the 50 children cited were supposed to legitimately be in a classroom at a school.”
Students caught skipping school were picked up, cited and then escorted back to school by deputies, Rust said, adding that the schools notified parents of the truant students.
“It’s important for parents to know where their kids are,” Rust said. “If they’re supposed to be in school, then they need to be in school.”
The students will have to appear in juvenile court to answer truancy charges, Rust said.