To 12-year-old me, my middle school assistant principal seriously overused the word ‘truancy’

By UELIP Associate: Larry Sanders

Of course, I had no statistical evidence to validate that point, but it seemed like in every encounter I had with him – be it private or public – that term managed to come up. Once my friends and I actually learned what the word meant, we became even more perplexed. Missing school could not be as big of a deal as he was making it. Students miss school all the time. There must be bigger issues to solve than preventing absences.

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