They may be playing hooky, but the Lansing School District isn't playing around when it comes to kids cutting class.
There's Truancy Court with real hearings and harsh punishment for the serious offenders. Local judges, court staff, city leaders and police joined Gardner Middle School students and staff Wednesday to kick off its fifth year in session.
Last year alone, the number of students going through truancy court dropped from about 350 to 281 students and 70% of those students made an attendence improvement.
Students must rack up at least 10 unexecused absences or be chronically tardy before being referred to truancy court. Punishment includes everything from community service to a stay at a youth facility.