As truancy continues to frustrate school officials across the state and the nation, officials in one county are stepping up to combat the problem, along with the help of their district judge.
Some students in Allen County are even sent to the detention center for a weekend or two, to drive the point home that missing school is serious business.
When a child starts missing school in Allen County, parents are mailed notices. After a child misses nine days, he or she gets a summons to appear in court. At that meeting, Judge Frank Wakefield usually warns the truant what will happen if any more school is missed.
And if the child disobeys a court order to attend school, punishments can range from ordering the parents to attend school with the child, to ordering the child to pay restitution to the school for the days missed, or even sending the child to the Juvenile Detention Center.