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  Half of bunking kids are with parents
Updated 18 June 2002, 07.14
Kids are playing truant with parents permission
When kids bunk off school they are often doing so because their parents have said they can.

That's what truancy patrols found when they spent a month checking the streets for kids who weren't at school when they should have been.

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The patrols spent were checking in the 34 parts of the country with the worst truancy records, and found almost 12,500 kids missing from school.

Patricia Amos was jailed
Amos was jailed when her kids bunked off
Half of those were with either their mother or father, and the patrols heard some pretty unusual excuses too.

One boy said he could not go to school because he had a bad spot, while another said he was missing lessons to replace a dead hamster.

Truancy linked to crime

The government are trying to crack down on kids who bunk off because they think there is a link between crime and truancy, and think by reducing one, they'll also reduce the other.

One way of doing this is by punishing parents if their kids play truant, with one mum being sent to jail last month for not making her daughters go to school.

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