ATLANTA (AJC/WAOK) – DeKalb and Cobb police are sending the message that if your child misses too much school, you can get arrested.

That’s what happened Thursday to two DeKalb County mothers; Cheryl McCoy and Danielle Swanson. Both women were charged with educational neglect after, authorities say, McCoy’s child missed 37 days of middle school and Swanson’s child missed 16 days of kindergarten.

Last year, the DeKalb district referred 900 cases of truancy violations to court. Cobb County had around 350 referrals.

Atlanta and Cobb schools refer cases to the courts after 10 unexcused absences, but counselors and social workers get involved far earlier. They want court referrals to be the last resort.


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