50 busted in truancy sweep

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.

  23 comments for “50 busted in truancy sweep

  1. sikntired
    October 25, 2012 at 10:05 pm

    Good points, all, but these days you go to jail if you look at them the wrong way, and the kid will call the cops on you.

  2. FUNNY
    October 25, 2012 at 9:22 pm

    A good whiping sure worked on me one at school and one when i got home ,We never had are own phone in are bedroom and if there was a cell phone i am sure we would not have one ,parents just keep giving and giving ,so dont ask why the kid are not in school the kids are running thing around here

    • Hector
      October 25, 2012 at 9:28 pm

      I totally agree with what you are saying, in your own special way.

  3. sammy P
    October 25, 2012 at 8:55 pm

    Our state is broke and now a new ballot measure wants more money for schools, to pay for kids like these 50 who don’t want to be there. I say we only make school mandatory up till 8th grade, then school is just for kids who actually want to be there and who have a chance in hell of going to college and having a future.

    Instead of making school mandatory for every kid, give them 3 choices at the end of 8th grade.

    A) stay in school till you graduate.
    B) 6 months of free job training at age 16
    C) Do whatever.

    Either way, state saves a ton of money and kids who want a future can still have one.

    • Hector
      October 25, 2012 at 8:59 pm

      I like your proposal. I would add that those who choose B and C get NO government aid if they don’t make it in life.

      • absentee parent?
        October 25, 2012 at 9:08 pm

        define “make it”

        • Hector
          October 25, 2012 at 9:14 pm

          Get a job and support themselves and their family if they have one.

          • Milos
            October 25, 2012 at 10:22 pm

            Would you like fries with that burger?

          • Hector
            October 26, 2012 at 8:51 am

            Right…”Welcome to Walmart”.

      • sammy P
        October 25, 2012 at 9:30 pm

        I don’t know… I was so stupid was I was a kid. got in trouble, ended up in Juvenile camp, I got out at 17, mom was an addict so they couldn’t send me home, so they put me in Job Core. Free job training so I could learn a trade. But no, I ran away first day so I could go hang with my street buddies. Perhaps 8th grade is too young to make a decision that will affect their whole life, their parents would have to make it for them. If i lived in a poor neighborhood and had a kid that I knew I couldn’t afford college for, the job training option might sound pretty good.

        • Hector
          October 25, 2012 at 9:35 pm

          Sammy P- I hear what you’re saying and I hope you are doing well considering what you’ve been through. My one question to you is, how do you get your name “sammy P” to show up in orange?

          • absentee parent?
            October 25, 2012 at 9:45 pm

            Deep thoughts, by Jack Handy. I was wondering the same thing.

          • sammy P
            October 25, 2012 at 10:22 pm

            I think its because I typed “none” in the box that asks what website I have- so when you click on my name it takes you to “none” which of course is not a site – so the orange letters are just clickable for people who entered anything in the website box. This time I entered google.com so anyone who clicks my name will go there :)

            So if ya want orange letter – enter anythin in the website box :) shhh dont tell everyone – maybe they will all think u are an admin or a mod :)

          • October 26, 2012 at 8:53 am

            Great Sammy. Thanks for the inside info.

    • Valerie
      October 27, 2012 at 8:43 pm

      True the state is broke but the av is capitolist all they care is their best intrest for each child that misses school that’s 2,400.00 for each student they don’t feed the kids proper meals and if their not approved they give them a half of a p.b sandwich and milk for 25 cents and if they don’t bring the quater da next day they can’t eat but if they don’t eat at home the parents are thrown in jail for child neglect white folks is dirty

  4. FUNNY
    October 25, 2012 at 8:45 pm

    Put the parents in jail and the kid to

    • absentee parent?
      October 25, 2012 at 9:02 pm

      If a kid is skipping school, and the parent or parents are unemployeed, the parent should have to go to school with the kid and make them stay in class. That way teachers would be free to teach and not babysit.

      • Milos
        October 25, 2012 at 10:58 pm

        I’d go for the parent in school thing, but I’m afraid the local libs would nix that because it would be degrading to the parent. Just like it’s degrading to put professional welfare recipients on the street cleaning up graffiti, picking up litter and other useful things that would make the AV a nice place to live.

      • A Citizen of AV
        October 26, 2012 at 7:12 am

        My sister skipped school one time in high school. Dad went out and bought the most gawdy bath robe he could find and a set of fuzzy pink bunny slippers. The next day, he escorted her to the school gate and was waiting for her there when school ended. He told her if she skipped school again, it would be a daily occurance. She never did that again.

        If the school would have let him go to each class with her, I bet he would have.

        • absentee parent?
          October 26, 2012 at 11:02 am

          I love your Dad!

  5. Hector
    October 25, 2012 at 8:28 pm

    Great….Cops having to do the parents’ job.

    • Hector
      October 25, 2012 at 8:37 pm

      How could you dislike that!? Absentee parent maybe?

      • Hector
        October 25, 2012 at 8:50 pm

        Yep…question answered.

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