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Mother cited for son's habitual truancy

Feb. 23, 2009

A mother was cited for contributing to her fifth-grade son's truancy after he failed to show for school or arrived tardy more than 40 times since the beginning of the 2008-09 academic year.

Letters were sent home from teachers and the principal at Eisenhower Elementary School and the school resource officer made a phone call alerting the mother that the child's truancy was unacceptable.

According to a Wauwatosa Police Department report:

In January, the mother, a 37-year-old Milwaukee woman, said she has three children in three different Wauwatosa schools as well as a child in a Milwaukee school, and it is impossible for her to get them all to school on time. She suggested school staff or the officer pick up her child each day if they really wanted to see the child in class. The officer warned her that if the boy continued to not to show up for class, she would be cited.

Six weeks later, the boy's record did not show much improvement, so the mother was cited and told she would have to attend a manadatory court date. She said she knew the process, because she was already going through it with another child at Wauwatosa East High School.

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