Syracuse Imposes Daytime Curfew to Curb Truancy

Syracuse Imposes Daytime Curfew to Curb Truancy

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SYRACUSE, Utah (AP) -- Syracuse has passed a daytime curfew in order to keep kids in school.

The city has struggled with teens playing hooky.

The new ordinance lets police take action when they see a youth they suspect is skipping school.

Officials said in the 2002-2003 school year, there were 146 cases of truancy. This year there has already been 126.

Police will now be able to give a citation to a truant minor, take them into custody or take them back to school.

Officials said the parents also may be cited if they are allowing their children to stay home when they should be at school.

(Copyright 2005 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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