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    Filed at 8:48 am under by dcobranchi

    Durham, NC is seeking to reduce truancy by recruiting the citizenry to phone in tips:

    The Durham County Sheriff’s Office and Durham Public Schools officials have launched a hotline to cut the school district’s school truancy rate, which ranks among the worst in the state.

    “We need these kids in school. We need them to get an education. We don’t need them to be on the streets during school hours,” said Tracey Meier, a deputy with the Durham County Sheriff’s Office.

    Meier is one of two deputies hitting the streets to pick up truants based on tips phoned into the hotline, which is averaging about four calls a day.

    Durham’s attendance rate ranks 105th out of the state’s 115 school districts. During the 2003-04 school year, about 94 percent of the district’s students attended class on any given day.

    “Often times, truancy is the first step in children falling off the path to success,” said Sgt. Will Oakley, of Durham Juvenile Services.

    City residents agree the hotline is needed to help improve school attendance.

    “Some parents are working, and some parent don’t care,” one man said. “This lets the children know someone cares about them.”

    Anyone who sees a school-age youngster on the street on a school day in Durham is asked to call the truancy officers at (919) 697-9024 or (919) 697-9025.

    I guess Durham doesn’t have any private schools, year round schools, kids on early release, or HEKs who have a legitimate reason to not be in school on a “school day”. Papers, please?

    3 Responses to “RAT OUT AN HEK”


    Comment by
    Andrea R
    December 2nd, 2005
    at 1:28 pm

    Ah yes, the ol’ “if they are in the bulding, they must be learning” line of reasoning. We know how well that works. :-/


    Comment by
    Jason
    December 2nd, 2005
    at 3:33 pm

    “Some parents are working, and some parent don’t care,” one man said. “This lets the children know someone cares about them.”

    Yeah, nothing says ‘we care’ like getting stopped and searched by your friendly local constabulary. What a load of BS.


    Comment by
    COD
    December 2nd, 2005
    at 7:18 pm

    I see an opportunity here for the enterprising HEK…civil disobedience anyone?