Portsmouth, N.H., police seek new approach to teen truancy


After an incident last month, police in Portsmouth, N.H., said they want to serve as supporters rather than enforcers when it comes to students who refuse to go to school. The Portsmouth Herald reported that the issue came to the forefront when police were called to the home of a 14-year-old boy who refused to get out of bed, and an officer ended up getting kicked by the boy. Police recently met with school officials and child service agencies to discuss developing a multidisciplinary approach to truancy. Deputy Chief Corey MacDonald said the department is looking at ways to use creative resources to motivate students to get to school.

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