Truancy Among Students Truancy has become a growing problem. As the students are truant teachers, vice principals and parents become worried. They do not think that students have enough responsibility to stay out of trouble. The truth is that only a few of the students that are truant do not have the responsibility to stay out of trouble. Truancy is the act of deliberately missing one or more classes.
Currently about 50% of the Granite district truants are truant again. Ten percent of students in Utah that is arrested for sloughing are truant again. Moreover, very few students who do slough participate in illegal activities. Sloughing is too much of a concern with parents and faculty. The truant students without the responsibility to make there own decisions will go smoke, vandalize personal property or shoplift. It is those few, without the responsibility to make their own decisions, that should be punished.
The students that slough and go smoke or steal things should be arrested and tried as an adult. The students that commit the crimes think that they are responsible enough to make their own decisions like an adult that they should be responsible enough for the consequences that an adult would receive. Some friends of mine would slough and they would go to lunch, go to one of their houses and enjoy a good game or sleep. They would not go out and destroy other peoples items or steal things. They did nothing wrong, one of them sloughed almost every day of the first quarter and passed all but two of his classes. He almost was kicked out of high school because he was having fun at his house or he was getting something to eat.
Only one student who detested the thought of going to school and he would not go to school for 3 years. That student was the only one that was talked to that actually broke any law while being truant from school. That individual, while sloughing, was arrested for shoplifting. The certain individual is the only one that ever did anything illegal while sloughing school. That one truant out of seven ever broke the law while sloughing If the student sloughs school and does not pass his classes then the student should be talked to.
The student should not be kicked out of school because that would just make things worse. It would make the student not want to go to school because he would be in a strange new school. The biggest reason that the truant students would be truant was that they did not like school. The second biggest reason why students would not go to school was that they just did not care about school. School was just a chore to them and they did not see the point in it. If they made school, a little more interesting and entertaining then maybe there would be a little less truancy.
The administration does not see the solution to truancy that way. They think that force is the only way when it is actually the wrong way. If you force a student to do something, they will not succeed in school. Another reason that was common was that the truant students were addicted to the joys of being truant. There were many other reasons why students would be truant that included the famous senioritis, the idea that the seniors are tired of school and found something better to do in the time of the school.
The other is that they were too tired to go to school They would go places in their car, vans, or some friends cars, vans. Moreover, if they did not have a ride or a car then they would walk to wherever they wanted to go. It did not matter the transportation as long as they did not have to go to class and they could do something else other than sit in the hard chair at school. When the truant students would slough the most common activity was eat breakfast and/or lunch and sleep. If the school faculty was to make lunch a little longer and start school a little later then maybe there would be a little less truancy.
A few of the activities that truant students would take part in were getting paid, taking care of things that needed to have been taken care of that day but not enough time to do so after school. A couple more were watch movies with friends, and play video games. Some of the reasons why truant students would stop being truant or some students would not even slough in the first place are the fact that they wanted to graduate. Truant students also liked not having to wait for the call after school. Some students would never slough in the first place because they know that they could not stop once they started. It is extremely difficult to stop sloughing once you start.
Some other reasons why students did not like to slough is that they did not like the teachers or principals talking to them when they came back. They would ask, “Where have you been,” or “What did you do last period, did you have fun?” The students did not like lying to the faculty and when they got home, they would think that parent did not know any thing about their teenager sloughing but they usually did. Moreover, when they would be lectured from their parents they would not be happy and it would not be worth the fun that they had during the day. Some students that would not slough would not because they did not want to make up the work that they had missed while they were gone. A few of the students that would slough, when they went back to school, had higher self-esteem and you meet new people and might find out that even like some of your classes.
There is a school for truant students that will not go to school. It is called Independence. The school has extremely strict discipline. The principals name is Greg Hudnall. Greg Hudnall and Kay Lindsay created the program of the school. When a truant student is arrested, the school that the student attends is notified as well as the students parents.
While the student is waiting to for their parents to take them back to school, the student will attend a class at Independence. The second time that a student is, arrested records are reviewed and classes are changed if the current classes were too hard for the student. The third arrest results in an automatic enrollment at the Independence school. Each class has a teacher and an adult aide to help watch the class. This ensures that there will be less mischief going on because their will twice as more eyes watching the class. Any one student will never be alone.
If a student wants to go to the bathroom then the whole class will go to the bathroom with the student. The class is designed for expelled students and chronic truants. Ed thinks that this school is great for the students that would want to go there. If they want to stop sloughing but they cannot do it by themselves then this would be a place to check out. They should not be forced to go to this school if they do not want to go to it.
If a student does not want to go to school then they probably will not, there is no way you can force any one person to do anything that they do not want to do. A student was sent to Independence in September of 1999. The student would not go to school so the mother called in a 235 ex-football player to come and yank her son out of bed and drag him to school. The student did not have time to change or get ready. The police officer pulled him out and dragged him to school with no warnings or other options.
This is wrong. You should not physically abuse the child and embarrass the child by not letting the child change so they can go to school. If the child does not change then it will distract other students from their learning experience. In Sweetwater, Texas 3 mothers were ordered to go to school with their daughters for a week. If the mothers did not go to school with their daughters then they would be fined for $150 to $250 for allowing the child to become truant. Terry Pitman was the assistant principal of the school and said that all of the mothers went to school with their daughters for the full week.
If the students were to slough again then the student could be held in”contempt of court” and sent to Juvenile Hall for being truant while on probation. Sending the parents to school with the teenagers is a good idea. The bad part is what if the mother is the only source of income. What would happen to the financial state of the family when they lost a whole week worth of income? The mothers should only have to go to school with their teenagers if they are not the only source of income. Four students had to go to Juvenile Hall because they were sloughing while on probation.
Another student that had been arrested for sloughing was not given the chance for probation. That student had been sent directly to Juvenile Hall. Sending teenagers directly to Juvenile Hall is not a good idea as to the fact that it takes up space in the cells of j …