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13th Circuit Court -
Family Division Truancy

Hon. David L. Stowe, Judge
Robert P. Griffin, Hall of Justice
280 Washington Street 
Traverse City, MI 49684
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Causes & Effects of Truancy

Truancy often is a sympton of more serious problems. Enforcing truancy laws starts the intervention process that can assist families in crisis. 

    Children may be dealing with:
  • Peer pressure
  • Separation or divorce within the family
  • Abuse or neglect
  • Mental & physical health issues
  • Drug and alcohol abuse by a parent and/or the student
  • Moving repeatedly
  • Low self esteem
  • Financial problems
  • Lack of friends
  • Safety concerns which may include pressure from gangs to threats and intimidation
  • Lack of academic skills
  • Boredom
The Effects of Truancy:

Students who become truant and eventually drop out of school too often set themselves up for a life struggle. 

    Effects of truancy for the student include:

  • Decreased earning ability
  • Involvement in daytime crime, such as breaking and entering, vandalism, and shoplifting
  • Increased risk of dropping out of school
  • Two and a half times more likely to be on welfare
  • Involvement in gangs
  • Struggling to catch up with school assignments
  • Failing classes
  • Risk of not obtaining a higher education
    Effect of Truancy on Others:

  • Truancy affects an entire class when a teacher slows down to help the truant student
  • An increase in crime means more victims
  • Increased cost to the whole community for additional law enforcement
  • Welfare costs to society