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Too much 'hooky' earns a court date

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ALBANY, GA (WALB) –  Some Lee County parents had to go before a judge because their children have missed so many days of school. 

Lee County School's Social Worker and Attendance officer says they've seen an increase in the number of excessive absences for students. 

At 10 unexcused absences, they begin to confer with Judge James Thurman to see what can be done to convince parents to make sure students get to class.  

Wednesday, Judge Thurman dealt with parents of a 15-year-old and the parents of  second and third grade siblings.      

Excuses vary, but often parents just don't seem to value education.

"Some times its that kids don't have clean clothes, it's sometimes that they don't have running water, or sometimes its just a matter of parents don't value education.  I see total apathy and I see sometimes parent's don't know what to do they have a child that just refuses to come to school," said  Lisa Bailey, a Social Worker and Attendance Officer for the Lee County Schools System.

 Judge Thurman issued parents a warning, but threatened to issue warrants for their arrest if the students miss any days between now and May 19th when the parents are due back in court.


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