Posted on October 29, 2012 at 7:23 PM
Tuesday, Oct 30 at 6:57 AM
It used to be authorities just looked for students missing from class. But soon, Bexar County constables and officers from SAISD and Judson ISD will not only look for truant kids, they'll be looking for their parents.
On Monday Judge Rogelio "Roger" Lopez Jr. of Precinct 4 announced that constables from his precinct, along with police officers from both school districts, will start a roundup of truant students, issuing citations and orders to appear before Judge Lopez.
Officers will also be citing the parents of truant students.
"The actual charge of truancy itself carries a $500 fine. The charge of a parent contributing to non-attendant carries a $500 fine. And then a failure to appear can also carry an additional charge -- which not only can carries an arrest, but also a monetary fine in excess of $200," said Lopez.
The roundup will start November 12 and last for about two weeks.
The judge says offenders have a chance to speak to him before the round-up starts if they pay a visit to Precinct 4 headquarters in person.