Truancy crackdown results in parents' arrests

Get your children in school or face the consequences.

In some cases, that could mean time behind bars for the parents of truant kids. After several extreme cases of of truancy, the Delaware County Prosecutor's Office, the sheriff's department and Muncie Community Schools are working together to remind parents to make sure kids are in school.

State law says that a child must attend school on a regular basis and if not, it can be considered neglect in some cases.

The prosecutor's office charged four Muncie parents with neglect of a dependent because of the missed days at school. According to the school, some students missed as many as 72 days during the 2011-2012 school year. The charge carries possible prison time--between six months to three years.

Several parents tell Fox59 that they support the crackdown, saying that parents need to take responsibility for their children.

A recent study reveals that 75 percent of America's state prison inmates and 69 percent of local jail inmates did not complete high school. The Delaware County Prosecutor's Office is investigating other possible truancy cases around the county.

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