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Mar 27, 2014 9:56 AM by AP

Summonses issued in truancy roundup

East Baton Rouge Parish authorities have issued misdemeanor summonses to more than 90 parents and guardians of truant children.
Roxson Welch, executive director of the Family and Youth Service Center in Baton Rouge, tells The Advocate the mission of the truancy center is to identify truant youths and provide them and their families with services to prevent additional unexcused absences.
Welch says the roundup on Tuesday and Wednesday was aimed at the top 150 to 200 worst offenders in the parish.
This week's roundup comes more than three months after authorities issued misdemeanor summonses to 99 parents and guardians.
Welch says every person who received a summons during the previous roundup has worked with the truancy center to get their children back in school.

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