Parents Arrested In Truancy Sweep

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(Sacramento, CA)
Wednesday, September 28, 2005

Multiple law enforcmenet agencies including city police and county sheriff’s officers had over 90 arrest warrants to serve on parents suspected of not sending their children to school.

Special Assistant Deputy DA Lana Wyant says these are kids who’ve missed about a month’s worth of school. "By the time the District Attorney’s office intervenes the problem is pretty major."

Wyant says parents are being charged with contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

"When kids aren’t in school and they’re not being supervised, they’re out on the streets commiting crimes, hanging out with the wrong people and not contributing to society."

50 parents were arrested during Wednesday's sweep. They face misdemeanor charges with a maximum penalty of a year in jail and a $2,500 fine.

Officers will continue to arrest parents with outstanding warrants.