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1/31/08-Tyler

East Texas Junior/High School Students Attend Truancy Hearing

One by one, 22 East Texas junior and high school students walked into court this morning, all because they chose not to attend school.

"Everyone of you in this room is smart, and you can do something, you just need to take pride in yourself," said Entrepreneur Russell Scott.  This morning, Scott and two other men spoke at Judge Quincy Beaver's Truancy Hearing in Smith County.  Two of them are successful businessmen who stressed the importance of education.  The third, Michael Henry, had a much different story to tell.  Henry just got out of prison after serving 17 years for burglary of habitation.  His path to destruction started when he decided to skip school.

"I wanted to tell them, you can away with something a thousand times, but they don't have to catch you, but once you know," said Henry.  "I feel like I can make an impact in some type of way, you know hearing from someone that has been through it."  The students Thursday morning, were given fines anywhere from $200 to $7,000.  Most of those fines will be dropped, pending the student does not miss anymore school. 

Molly Reuter, Reporting. mreuter@kltv.com

 

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