...truancy is listed as one of the major problems facing public schools through the country. In fact, there is a high correlation between truancy and the school drop-out rate.
THE BEST PLACE FOR A SCHOOL-AGED CHILD IS SCHOOL
STUDENTS ARE SKIPPING SCHOOL
there are more chances for them to become
victims or perpetrators of crime. Within
the last year, a large percentage of
juvenile arrests in Catawba County occured
between the hours of 8am and 4pm, time
that should be spent in the classroom.
Although being truant may not seem like
a crime in and of itself, it is a violation
of North Carolina law for a juvenile
of at least 6 and less than 16 years
of age to be absent from school without
a lawful excuse.
TNT SNUFFS OUT A POTENTIALLY EXPLOSIVE SITUATION.
TOLERATE NO TRUANCY
is a truancy prevention program created
by law enforcement officials and the
Catawba County Schools. Police officers
will respond to information received
from citizens who report truant students
by calling the TNT HOTLINE.
police get a report or see a suspected
truancy the officer will:
the student about why he/she is absent
the student to his/her home, school
or the nearest dropoff point
with the Dropout Prevention Case Manager
to fill out paperwork and contact the
parents and get the student returned
to his/her home school. The student
will also be issued a truancy report
form. After three reported truancies
the student will be referred to court.
IT TAKES A WHOLE COMMUNITY TO RAISE A CHILD
IS A PROVERB WHICH SAYS,
"It tales a whole village to raise a
child." Parents school staff, law enforcement
officials and the judicial system will
work together on TNT but it will
take everyone to make the program sucessful.
Information from neighborhood residents,
merchants, and other citizens is a critical
TNT HOTLINE, 465-3TNT, will be
manned from 8 AM till 3 PM to take calls
from citizens who suspect a Catawba County
student is truant.
is sponsored by the Catawba County Sheriff's
Office, and the Police Departments of
Hickory, Newton, Maiden, Conover, Claremont,
Catawba, Longview, and the Juvenile Court.
TNT HOTLINE: 465-3TNT