WV Supreme Court Justice Travels State To Tackle Truancy

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Supreme Court Justice Robin Davis has finished a statewide tour to discuss the truancy problem in West Virginia but says she'll be following up on ideas next year.

The last meeting was in Parkersburg.

Davis told the parents, educators and others who gathered that truancy is often just a habit, or the result of family problems.

But that habit can lead to kids dropping out of high school. And eight of 10 who do end up in prison.

Barbour County Circuit Judge Alan Moats says inattentive parents are part of the problem, but even doctors can be duped into signing excuses.

Davis and Moats have held more than a dozen regional meetings to help develop strategies to combat truancy. They call it a crisis.