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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.

StrongsvilleMother April 16, 2013 at 12:37 PM
Horace, Are you actually condoning this type of behavior? They are not permitted to picket the Board's homes or place of businesses. No one is saying they should have been arrested. They should have been forced to leave.
Ville Mom April 16, 2013 at 12:38 PM
I spoke to one of the parents of a truant kid. They said their son said the teachers told him none of the grades would count so they figured why be there. Poor excuse, but that's all the excuse a kid who is having a hard time in school needs to justify skipping school!
CandidResident April 16, 2013 at 01:22 PM
Why didn't they do their job and call for medical assistance during the "serious medical issue" the Huffmaster employee was experiencing last week?
CandidResident April 16, 2013 at 01:23 PM
Interesting read. http://www.cleveland.com/strongsville/index.ssf/2013/04/in_dust_of_strongsville_teache.html
CandidResident April 16, 2013 at 01:24 PM
http://www.cleveland.com/strongsville/index.ssf/2013/04/in_dust_of_strongsville_teache.html
CandidResident April 16, 2013 at 01:26 PM
That was for third quarter. Fourth quarter is an entirely different story, though the district has done a terrific job of confusing the parents and the students. Now, they will be held accountable for grades, regardless of whether their instructor knows what they're doing.
John April 16, 2013 at 01:44 PM
Frazee's BallS whay are you not on the picket line toDAy with your worthless overpaid teachers? Have you worked to much this week you need a break from the long day holding your stupid little sign... Poor teachers don't worry summer (unpaid) vacation is coming soon... REPLACE THE TEACHERS
John April 16, 2013 at 01:49 PM
Section 2 of the National Labor Relations Act provides that employers may not fire striking workers, Strikers have property rights tot he jobs they refuse to perform. However, in NRLB v. Mackay Radio and Telegraph Co. (1938), the Supreme Court held that struck employers may hire permanent replacement workers in economic strikes, as well as temporary replacement workers in unfair labor practices strikes. An economic strike is one over issues such as pay, working conditions, and benefits. An unfair labor practice strike is one over some alleged illegal act of the employer such as discriminating against union workers or refusing to bargain with certified exclusive bargaining agent. In an economic strike, the strikers are still employees (they may not be fired), but the employer doesn’t have to reinstate them immediately following a settlement. They have first claim on any job that a replacement worker later vacates. In an unfair labor practice strike, striking workers must, upon settlement of the strike, be given the opportunity to take over jobs held by the replacement workers.
CandidResident April 16, 2013 at 01:49 PM
Since you know everything, you should know by now that I am not a teacher. Nor would I want to be one. It's too tough of a job.
Huntington Caldwell IV April 16, 2013 at 01:50 PM
SEA's goonish behavior should not be condoned and can never be accepted in ville. This is a town with high traditional family values oriented standards, and the new 2013-2014 teachers will be required to act as such. That is why BOE must stand firm on not allowing a non-repraisal clause. The rule/law breakers must go!
CandidResident April 16, 2013 at 01:51 PM
http://www.cleveland.com/strongsville/index.ssf/2013/04/in_dust_of_strongsville_teache.html
John April 16, 2013 at 02:05 PM
Frazee's Balls keeps posting the link to his friend Cory Schaffer a bleeding heart liberal writer for the Sun about 60 people read the Sun................ I wonder if the newspaper is UNION............. HUMMMMMMMMM
Huntington Caldwell IV April 16, 2013 at 02:20 PM
The Sun is inserted into Thursday's (union) PD for home subscribers. I am guessing the Sun must be also. Thus the cultlike support for SEA from both publications.
Ville Mom April 16, 2013 at 02:20 PM
Frazee's Brain, please ask your fellow teachers to return the stuff that they stole from the classrooms. We parents want our children to succeed. It seems these teachers don't.
CandidResident April 16, 2013 at 02:25 PM
Ville (PTA) Mom, why don't you go down to Pat Catan's and make it yourself. I'm sure that will make you feel almost as important as posting on the Patch.
Tommy P. April 16, 2013 at 02:30 PM
Teachers - take a look... the residents are getting bored with this - there seems to be more important news in the world... between Lyn, John Strong and Frazee's Brain - the overall number of folks who are commenting about the strike is reducing everyday. Appathy is not your friend - everyone is is getting comfortable with the Subs - and the routine. You might want to consider letting the teachers vote on the latest BOE proposal - or else get ready to start sending in those COBRA checks. (ouch!)
John April 16, 2013 at 02:36 PM
Tommy P great comment.......... But I will still keep posting on the Patch to keep the worthless teachers in check...... BOE FIRE THEM ALL
CandidResident April 16, 2013 at 02:40 PM
Tommy, is your world so small that the only place to take the temperature of a city is on the Patch? If anything, maybe the reduction in hater comments signals recognition that the BOE really did lie about finances and kept it from the community to conjure up this groundswell hatred. Funny how I haven't heard LBO in a while. What happened?
CandidResident April 16, 2013 at 02:42 PM
You really do think your teacher-bashing has an impact on the picket line, don't you? Amazing.
Tommy P. April 16, 2013 at 02:42 PM
John I am not at all saying that anyone should quit posting... it just appears that fewer and fewer folks are posting. (they are doing other things with their time) A few of you are regulars. (and you are most likely one person - while is "Brain" seems to change hour to hour.... ) Stay Strong Board!!
Huntington Caldwell IV April 16, 2013 at 02:54 PM
We don't hate the sinners. We hate their sins. I personally wish the SEA teachers no malice as they re-start their careers in new school districts.
Tommy P. April 16, 2013 at 03:24 PM
From the many sources of information (not just the Patch) - it really appears that "hiding" was not taking place - but in fact, the county notified the BOE of additional funds - and since more money is now available - the BOE decided the change their offer. Why is that so illogical? They can actually afford more and not put the district in the red. BUT - not every penny needs to go the teachers. I do believe that if this new money was not given to the BOE, they would still be standing by their LBO - at that time, that is all they thought the Schools could afford. The teachers have not made their profession proud during the last seven weeks, and maybe some should not still be teaching our kids when it is over - but overall, I know the majority of them are very good people - and I do not wish them anything bad. I just think the union is playing the teachers like a cheap banjo... and I would think the 383 members are smarter than that. But it does not appear that way.
John April 16, 2013 at 03:38 PM
Tommy P I agree........... Stay Strong BOE
Horace Mann April 16, 2013 at 03:38 PM
John, please don't get excited. It's not good for you or anyone else.
Horace Mann April 16, 2013 at 03:46 PM
John asked why "the overpaid teachers aren't being arrested" and I was telling him why. As far as the teacher's behavior is concerned, I neither condone it, nor condemn it. Would I do it? No I wouldn't because I wouldn't want it done to me. We all make our choices and they must feel it is the proper chioce for them.
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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