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Mother cited for kids' frequent truancy

May 23, 2012

A Wauwatosa mom is looking at a ticket for contributing to the habitual truancy of her two children.

According to a police report:

Her 16-year-old son had missed numerous days of school at Wauwatosa West High School. Cognitively disabled, he struggles with school work when he doesn't attend class consistently.

His mother regularly called in medical excuses from vomiting to fevers. However, the boy said he wasn't sick and liked school.

A check of his 13-year-old sister's attendance at Whitman Middle School showed she had 53 unexcused absences.

School staff told the mother it was her responsibility to make sure her children attend school. They have tried to work her on transportation and financial assistance and counseling to improve attendance, but staff said she has not been receptive to help.

The school eventually contacted police, who issued a citation for habitual truancy to the mother on May 11.

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