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Truancy linked to a high social cost in the United States


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  • worf Mcallen, TX
    March 28, 2013 5:20 p.m.

    In a free country---youngsters are forced to schools? Punish them for not going? Can't believe the words coming from our follow citizens.

    This isn't the America of 1776.

  • Veritas Aequitas Fruit Heights, UT
    March 28, 2013 12:49 p.m.


    Punish them both. If you don't believe the parents can influence the students attendance, you never met my father, my uncles, nor me with my daughters.

    Detention? Grades? if the kids are truant, how will this hurt them? All you are driving at is an uneducated workforce.

    Parents should be parents.

  • Gildas LOGAN, UT
    March 28, 2013 12:36 p.m.

    Yes it is about time we punished people for their own transgressions and not for the "Original Sin" postulated in the parents.

    Would it really help to force these nascent criminals into the general school population to annoy teachers and other students? Somehow I think we are confusing cause and effect.

  • Danny Chipman Lehi, UT
    March 28, 2013 8:46 a.m.

    Punish the students, not the parents. Rescind student privileges, impose detention, or dock their grades for truancy. Even the best parents in the world can't control their children's actions 24-7.