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Little Rock to open center to combat truancy

By Gavin Lesnick

This article was published January 7, 2013 at 10:50 a.m.

— A new center set to open this week in Little Rock will create space for holding youths picked up on the streets during the school day as part of an effort to combat truancy.

Little Rock Police Department Sgt. Cassandra Davis said the new Truancy Center at the site of the old Garland Elementary School, 3615 W. 25th St., will open for the first time Wednesday.

A Little Rock Police Department officer and a Little Rock School District employee will staff it each school day from 8:30 a.m. till noon.

Davis said police will take truants to the center during the day. At noon, all truants at the center will be bused back to their school.

"It's just a place to keep them in a central location," she said.

Officers currently have to transport truants to a school after picking them up, she said.

City ordinance prohibits minors from being out in public by themselves between 10 p.m. and 5 a.m. and during the school day, which is defined as between 9 a.m. and 3:45 p.m. when school is in session.

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DEMOCRATREPUBLICAN says... January 7, 2013 at 12:44 p.m.

Sounds like a big waste of money to me. If their parents don't care, what are you going to do?

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Populist says... January 7, 2013 at 1:11 p.m.

If the parents "don't care," maybe the kids would be better off in a residential facility. If the kids are delinquent, maybe overnight in a facility would improve their attitude. If you make the schools better, crack down on truancy, drugs, and child abuse, the crime rate in Little Rock would go down. The amount of young thugs running around robbing people is just horrible.

This area of town also could use a first class Boys and Girls Club, Y, or county recreational facility. Idleness is the devil's workshop.

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punk47 says... January 7, 2013 at 2:56 p.m.

This program will ne a joke,why not pick up the parents,if they knoe the baby daddy and lock them up at the holding center and maby after a few times they will insteal some smarts into the punk kids by the seat of their pants

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