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Truancy roundup leads to drug arrest

1 year ago March 26, 2014 Mar 26, 2014 Wednesday, March 26 2014 Wednesday, March 26, 2014 4:30:13 PM CDT in News
Source: WBRZ

BATON ROUGE - Police are finishing up a two day roundup of parents who haven't been sending their children to school.

The truancy roundup focused on handing out summons to parents whose children have missed more than ten days of school and have shown a history of absences.

"We've tried to get them in here and we've tried to get some assistance for them and the children continue to miss school," said Roxson Welch, the director of the Family and Youth Service Center.

Police attempted to hand out at least 140 summons across the city.

At one location, detectives smelled a strong odor of marijuana and executed a search after the home owner consented. Police found some marijuana in the home and a small amount of synthetic marijuana on one man, who was laughing with officers while detectives searched the home.

It's a scenario that has youth advocates upset that some parents may not be taking their children's education seriously.

"I see these children one on one and every single one of them has hopes and dreams. All of them believe that they're gonna be somebody. Then when you have a parent that cares so little that they don't even take care of the basic necessities such as school," said Welch, "you destroy a child's future."

Police are expected to release the exact numbers of summons issued and people arrested on Thursday. Parents who ignore the summons may have a warrant issued for their arrest.

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