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Crackdown on Truant Students Nabs Some Offenders

Officers on the lookout for kids cutting class during Strongsville teachers strike


A crackdown on students who are taking advantage of the teachers strike to cut class at Strongsville High School is apparently keeping kids off the streets, an official said.

Police Chief James Kobak said late last week that said 11 students have been picked up for truancy since April 2.

"To be honest, in a school district this big, that's not bad," Kobak said. "I'm pleasantly surprised."

The department put officers on the lookout for truant students after fielding complaints from residents about teens leaving Strongsville High School and hanging around neighborhoods and businesses during the day.

Strongsville not only has a nighttime curfew for minors, but also has an ordinance that prohibits students from being out and about when they are supposed to be in class.

None of the 11 students was causing trouble, Kobak said.

"As an example, we stopped two students who were walking down Lunn Road," he said. "They had left school to go to breakfast."

The chief believes getting the word out about the curfew crackdown led parents to talk to their kids about staying in school.

The teens who were apprehended were taken to the police station and their parents called to pick them up.

Kobak said the department will consult wth the juvenile court to determine how best to handle the cases.

Some students at Strongsville High School are allowed to leave the building when they are finished with classes for the day. 

But there are also reports of teens taking advantage of substitute staff and simply leaving the high school during the day.

When officers see kids on the streets, they first check with the school to find out whether they are supposed to be in class before taking them into custody, the chief said.

David April 16, 2013 at 04:59 PM
FB: I haven't seen any of this "teacher bashing" that you keep referring to. We greatly appreciate the substitute teachers that have been doing their best to educate our children while the ex-teachers and their "minions" have done everything they can to hurt our children. Maybe what you meant was "ex-teacher" bashing.
Ville Mom April 16, 2013 at 04:59 PM
No teachers are picketing at the Elementary Schools. Does that mean they are staging a picket-out?? Tracy, their absence speaks louder than words! They would rather hunt for new jobs than cross a picket line and have to face the devil! I feel like I live in Nazi Germany.
Colt April 16, 2013 at 05:57 PM
I drove by Tracy's house. All the teachers are out doing her landscaping, powerwashing the deck, those kinds of things. She has complete control of them. There were four of the male teachers holding her up on some type of platform and a couple others holding big umbrellas over her head as she supervised the work going on.
Kevin McCarthy, Sr. April 16, 2013 at 06:27 PM
Sounds to me like these students learned something from their *former teachers* ... "if you don't like being in the classroom - walk away" ... Now they are both learning that there are consequences for their actions. An overwhelming majority of folks in Strongsville - as a community - do not support the striking teachers. Thuggish union tactics have cost the SEA the respect they had, the former teachers have lost their standing in town...
AJK April 16, 2013 at 09:27 PM
Wow JOHN STRONG. You must be really educated to be quoting case law. The police did do there job and always do. the teachers have done nothing illegal. If you were so educated in case law you would understand the labor section on picketing. They can walk on a sidewalk as long as they are within sound ordinance levels at certain times. Yelling profanities is also not against the law. So get your head out of you @$$.

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