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Old 04-02-2009, 02:54 PM
 
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LAKELAND (Bay News 9) -- Students at Lakeland High School now have another incentive for going to class beyond getting good grades.

Officer David Torres sees students who should be in class everywhere - at shopping centers, at the park, and even at the bus stop. When he sees them, he stops them, puts them in his patrol car and takes them back to school.

The students get more than a ride back to school, though. They also get a ticket for $100.

If the students don't pay the fine, they can't get their driver's licenses when they turn 16. And if they've already got their license, it's suspended until they do pay up.

Skipping class? Get ready to pay a fine - Bay News 9 (http://www.baynews9.com/content/36/2009/4/2/455996.html?title=Skipping+class?++Get+ready+to+pa y+a+fine - broken link)


Already 130 tickets have been issued....!
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Old 04-02-2009, 06:28 PM
 
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Haha!
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Old 04-03-2009, 11:37 AM
 
Location: Tampa (by way of Omaha)
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I think the Lakeland PD should be more worried about other things...like cleaning up the corruption in their department...rather than kids going to school.
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Old 04-03-2009, 12:41 PM
 
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Well I do appreciate their affords...what are kids doing who are skipping class...I don't think much good is coming from them!
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Old 04-03-2009, 12:46 PM
 
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This isn't a new idea. They tried this in Illinois back in the late 1980s as a way to deter kids from cutting out of school. The state court ruled that it was illegal to issue monetary penalties to students who cut school.
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Old 04-03-2009, 05:11 PM
 
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Well they need to do something. My grandson went to school in Tampa only 4 days out of a quarter and no one did a thing. He was 13 at the time !! His mother never knew he wasn't in school everyday or so she said. He told me he knew if he went to one class every 2 weeks they wouldn't call her. She then put him as home schooled and he did nothing but run the street. Needless to say I have no use for her but I find it amazing that he got away with that
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Old 04-04-2009, 04:53 AM
 
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My son wasn't in school for just one day in the last 2 weeks. This was his first time not being in school due to being sick in the last 3 years so I didn't even know how to report him sick. I called the school and they told me I didn't need to call them but have a note given or emailed to the home class teacher. I emailed her and still he was unexcused out of school. They needed a hand written note for him to be excused. I receive an email about any hour he is missing or assignment that hasn't turned in.

But I have to add that I signed on to essembler which every parent can do to be notified.

This week he was competing on the Algebra math team and missed to turn in an assignment due to being away to another school with his math teacher. I received an automatic email and of course a day later it is solved, but I know everything right away.
Maybe that helped him and is one of the reasons why he is a straight A student and being in the gifted advance class.
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