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BATON ROUGE - A 42-year-old mother was arrested in Baton Rouge for failing to send her son to school.

It's one example of the many cases handled by the Family and Youth Service Center in Baton Rouge. Stephanie Hicks with the East Baton Rouge Sheriff's Office says Tanya Green has a history of truancy in her family. Green's son is behind in school after missing dozens of days.

"The goal is to get him back into school. Hopefully he would be the first in his family to actually make it past the eighth grade," said Hicks. "Right now he's 12 and in the fourth grade."

Green was also arrested for improper supervision of a minor in October 2014. She was one of 144 parents locked up for truancy last school year. Hicks says they do not like to arrest parents, but sometimes it is necessary to make a point.

"I think that some of them have learned their lesson," she said. "Attendance has improved in some of the cases. Then we have a few that it doesn't seem like that big of a difference, and we will just pursue them again until we get our message across. Your children need to be in school."

The Family and Youth Service Center plans to keep a close eye on Green's case and other parents with a history of truancy.

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