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play truant

To absent oneself or leave early from school or work when one would normally be required to be there. Primarily heard in UK. I was so restless and bored at work that I decided to play truant after lunch. Hey, Jim and I are playing truant from school on Friday, do you want to come with us? That's the last time you play truant, mister! From now on, I'm dropping you to school every morning!
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1 -- color) Sheriff's Deputy Justin Diez escorts a truant high school student found Friday at the Red Line subway station in Hollywood.
Whereas formerly the schools lacked the apparatus to enforce registration, attendance, and punctuality, with the creation of truant schools and an array of legal tools to punish absenteeism and nonregistration, the activities of unschooled children could be scrutinized and brought under control.
More than half of pupils who had played truant in the last 12 months said they had drunk alcohol in the last week, compared with 17% of non-truants.
About 27% of pupils said they had played truant in both Norwich and Plymouth - the highest truancy rates in England, said the survey.
PHOTOGRAPHS of truants from a school in north Warwickshire will be passed to police under a new crackdown to return them to the classroom.
Shadow Education Secretary Tim Collins said: 'The fact that over a million children are playing truant from our schools every year is an appalling indictment of Labour's management of our education system.
In the past the education authority would send letters out to parents to inform them their child had been found playing truant.
Now we learn that a special Downing Street task force has been told that 80 per cent of truants are absent from school in the full knowledge of their parents.
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Transport staff, police and education welfare officers stopped youngsters in Sunderland on the Metro system as part of a regional campaign against children playing truant.
If they had played truant, he would go to their homes to speak to the pupils and their parents.
THE number of Wirral parents fined for allowing their children to truant from school has almost doubled.
Truant officers and police are to take to the borough's streets to force children back into classrooms during the three-week sweepIf parents have not made sure their children are regularly attending school over the following 12 weeks, they could face fines of up to pounds 2,500 or a prison sentence.
Parents who persistently let their children play truant can be hit with a pounds 2,500 fine or even a maximum three-month jail term.
Youngsters who regularly play truant are much more likely to under-achieve educationally, economically and in their personal lives.