Truancy Among Students
Truancy has become a growing problem. As the students are truant teachers, vice
principals and parents become worried. They do not think that students have
enough responsibility to stay out of trouble. The truth is that only a few of
the students that are truant do not have the responsibility to stay out of
trouble. Truancy is the act of deliberately missing one or more classes.

Currently about 50% of the Granite district truants are truant again. Ten
percent of students in Utah that is arrested for sloughing are truant again.

Moreover, very few students who do slough participate in illegal activities.

Sloughing is too much of a concern with parents and faculty. The truant students
without the responsibility to make there own decisions will go smoke, vandalize
personal property or shoplift. It is those few, without the responsibility to
make their own decisions, that should be punished. The students that slough and
go smoke or steal things should be arrested and tried as an adult. The students
that commit the crimes think that they are responsible enough to make their own
decisions like an adult that they should be responsible enough for the
consequences that an adult would receive. Some friends of mine would slough and
they would go to lunch, go to one of their houses and enjoy a good game or
sleep. They would not go out and destroy other people’s items or steal things.

They did nothing wrong, one of them sloughed almost every day of the first
quarter and passed all but two of his classes. He almost was kicked out of high
school because he was having fun at his house or he was getting something to
eat. Only one student who detested the thought of going to school and he would
not go to school for 3 years. That student was the only one that was talked to
that actually broke any law while being truant from school. That individual,
while sloughing, was arrested for shoplifting. The certain individual is the
only one that ever did anything illegal while sloughing school. That one truant
out of seven ever broke the law while sloughing If the student sloughs school
and does not pass his classes then the student should be talked to. The student
should not be kicked out of school because that would just make things worse. It
would make the student not want to go to school because he would be in a strange
new school. The biggest reason that the truant students would be truant was that
they did not like school. The second biggest reason why students would not go to
school was that they just did not care about school. School was just a chore to
them and they did not see the point in it. If they made school, a little more
interesting and entertaining then maybe there would be a little less truancy.

The administration does not see the solution to truancy that way. They think
that force is the only way when it is actually the wrong way. If you force a
student to do something, they will not succeed in school. Another reason that
was common was that the truant students were addicted to the joys of being
truant. There were many other reasons why students would be truant that included
the famous ‘senioritis’, the idea that the seniors are tired of school and
found something better to do in the time of the school. The other is that they
were too tired to go to school They would go places in their car, vans, or some
friends’ cars, vans. Moreover, if they did not have a ride or a car then they
would walk to wherever they wanted to go. It did not matter the transportation
as long as they did not have to go to class and they could do something else
other than sit in the hard chair at school. When the truant students would
slough the most common activity was eat breakfast and/or lunch and sleep. If the
school faculty was to make lunch a little longer and start school a little later
then maybe there would be a little less truancy. A few of the activities that
truant students would take part in were getting paid, taking care of things that
needed to have been taken care of that day but not enough time to do so after
school. A couple more were watch movies with friends, and play video games. Some
of the reasons why