Police, other officials find 30 truant pupils in 2 days
YOUNGSTOWN -- A two-day truancy sweep looking for school-age children out on the streets during school hours netted 30 offenders.
M. Mike McNair, school district spokesman, said Youngstown police worked the sweep on their own Monday, netting four offenders.
Police were joined by Youngstown School District security officers and personnel from the Mahoning County Juvenile Justice Center on Tuesday, and the combined force caught 26 more, McNair said.
Each pupil was issued a citation and released into the custody of a parent or guardian. The citation requires them to appear in court to explain why they weren't in school, he said.
City law forbids school-age children from being in any public place without a parent or guardian between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. on a school day.
Dr. Wendy Webb, school superintendent, said the sweep had nothing to do with any recent events.
"We do truancy sweeps all the time," she said.
She made indirect reference to the arrest of two teenage boys, one with a loaded handgun, at Woodrow Wilson High School Monday.
The district will deal appropriately with any event that happens, but the district will move forward with change in this community, Webb vowed. Children need to know they have safe schools, she said.