DA's Office Looking To Curb Truancy With Bikes

DA's Office Looking To Curb Truancy With Bikes

The Shelby County District Attorney has a new way to crack down on truancy.
MEMPHIS, TN (localmemphis.com) - The Shelby County District Attorney has a new way to crack down on truancy.

Rewarding kids who stay in school with a new set of wheels.

Students at schools participating in the DA’s "Truancy Reduction Program" are eligible to win a brand new bike.

The catch: the students must have perfect attendance during this school year.

The announcement was made today at hickory ridge middle school.

“I thought it was good and I was happy the schools could do it for us,” 7th grader Teryondra Phillips said.

“It's a great opportunity for us to be able to reward those kids and those families this is a family issue, getting our kids to school everyday on time,” Shelby County District Attorney Amy Weirich said. “If we can reward those households for making those right decisions. That's a good day for the District Attorney General's office.”

The DA’s office conducted a review of crime stats and truancy data during the 2005-2006 academic year.

The results revealed that a quarter of juvenile crime in Memphis happened during school hours away from school campuses, presumably involving truant or expelled students.

The truancy reduction program includes approximately 7,500 students in seven middle schools and five elementary schools.
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