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Fox Cities schools address truancy at middle school level

10:26 AM, Mar. 15, 2013
Outagamie County judge Mark McGinnis presides over a truancy court hearing of a middle school student March 1 at Appleton North High School. Seated with the judge is court reporter Kara Nagorny (left) and judicial assistant Laurie Verhagen. This month marks the first time the truancy hearings expanded to the middle school level.
Outagamie County judge Mark McGinnis presides over a truancy court hearing of a middle school student March 1 at Appleton North High School. Seated with the judge is court reporter Kara Nagorny (left) and judicial assistant Laurie Verhagen. This month marks the first time the truancy hearings expanded to the middle school level.
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A noticeably nervous Appleton eighth-grader - the center of attention in a roomful of judges, prosecutors, school officials and law enforcement officers - made as little noise as possible during her recent 20-minute truancy court hearing.

Flanked by her mother and school officials, she slunk in her chair as Outagamie County Judge Mark McGinnis listed off the consequences if she continued to miss school. It's a long list.

Community service, fines, curfews, a parental escort during the school day, house arrest coupled with an ankle monitor - even removal from her parents' home. ...

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