Tuesday, May 19, 2009

OK, skip it! Now! But not in Moreno Valley...

I never really skipped school during my high school years, except for one time when a substitute was almost asking for it. One by one, several of us told the substitute that we had to do another errand in the school. The sub would let us go, and one of my friends and myself went right off the campus, either to Jack in the Box or McDonalds (I forget which).

But back then I lived in Arlington, Virginia, not Moreno Valley, California:

On Friday, May 15, 2009, Officers of the Moreno Valley Police Department, in a collaborative effort with the Moreno Valley Unified School District, Val Verde Unified School District, and Riverside County Probation Department conducted a citywide daytime curfew sweep. Participants of the program patrolled the city of Moreno Valley in search of juvenile students who either failed to report to their assigned campus at the start of the school day, or left their campuses without permission while school was in session in violation of the Daytime Curfew Ordinance.

During the course of the sweep, participants located and detained 61 violators. The students were transported to their assigned school for disciplinary proceedings and issued City Administrative Citations for the violations. The citation fines ranged from $100 for the first offense, $200 for the second offense, and $500 for the third offense.

I don't know what the fines were in Arlington, Virginia in the late 1970s, but perhaps the parental disapproval would have been more harrowing.

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