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Moms charged for childrens' unexcused absences

KOB Web Staff
December 21, 2017 03:51 AM

CLOVIS, N.M. – A pair of Clovis mothers, whose children have been repeatedly absent from school, are now facing charges.

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Prosecutors in eastern New Mexico filed the charges Tuesday. Ninth Judicial District Attorney Andrea Reeb said that violating the state’s compulsory school attendance statute is a petty misdemeanor.

According to that state law, a student with more than 10 unexcused absences in a school year is considered to be “habitual truant.”

One case involved a woman’s 15-year-old son who had racked up 21 unexcused absences as of September.

That case ended up before prosecutors after being referred to the Juvenile Probation Department four times.  The mother failed to meet with school officials or the probation office.

The other case involved a 6-year-old student who missed 15 days of school as of early October and was late to class 11 times.

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