The results confirmed their belief that many youngsters now played truant
in neighbouring boroughs to their schools, thinking that they wouldn't get caught.
ON WATCH: Police and council officials are speaking to suspected truants
To be truant
in California a student has to be absent without a valid excuse for three full days in one school year, or absent without a valid excuse for more than any 30-minute period during a single school day on three occasions in one school year, or any combination thereof.
Boys are more likely to truant
than girls andkids on free meals are twice as likely to bunk off.
The research found that several hundred pupils were truant
for one third of the school year - a term.
Under new powers, the maximum penalty for allowing kids to truant
was raised to a pounds 2,000 fine and/or three months in prison.
In the spring of 1999, the group sent questionnaires to about 3,300 formerly truant
students who had graduated from junior high school in the spring of 1994.
An additional 67 percent of the rest admitted being truant
but not being charged with the offense.(5)
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But Sophie Slade and Paige Colson, both 16, who used to play truant
, say tougher measures including fines could have made a difference.
New figures show 1,685 truants
have been detected since September last year but they are said to be the "hard core" of the city's school-shy children.
In a separate report today the group Action on Rights For Children said 16,000 police hours were wasted each year searching for truants