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Question: Can I be arrested for not going to school?


It is against the law for anyone between the ages of six and sixteen to not attend school. However, there are some exceptions through excused absences, home school, etc. Even if you miss just one class period without an excuse, you are considered truant.

If you miss school a lot (5 days, unexcused) you are considered to be habitually truant (A.R.S. § 15-803). An attendance officer can enforce this law. The officer can give you a ticket requiring you and a parent to appear before an official of the court. (A.R.S. § 15-805) If you are habitually truant you could be put on probation, have your driver's license taken away, or have to attend counseling or educational classes. (A.R.S. § 8-323)

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On 09/03/07
chris from AZ said:
i think that parents should make ther children go to school if ur younger than 16 the parents shouldnt even let them have a choice if they wanna go to school i can see if u turn like 17 and u have a reason but under that is stupid its just someone being really really lazy
On 07/31/07
Chey from FL said:
You Cant But Your parents get a fine If the school called the Recuting officer about you not comign to school it has happened to me thats how i noe
On 07/23/07
CW from AZ said:
That would seriously suck if you would get arrested for not gong to school. Can they do that though if you are absent enough, after so many days?
On 07/15/07
Tina from AZ said:
Yeah. you can get in alot of trouble if you don't show up. They come after looking for you.
On 07/15/07
MarkW from AZ said:
Ditching school is a dumb thing to do look at me i ditched sophmore year and now i have to make up classes,plus when u ditch ur missing a class and if theres a test it drops your grade a lot.
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