According to Judge Joe Benavides, Nueces County Justice of the Peace 1-1, truancy is a growing problem here in Nueces County. And as the case load for truant teens continues to grow, Judge Benavides is trying to help them and lighten the docket at the same time, by offering truancy night court.
The Judge says he’s noticed a problem with not only students not showing up to school but parents unable to show up to court because of work and truancy night court is his way to fix that.
It was a full courtroom and waiting area tonight (Thursday) as parents and their teen listened for their name to be called by Judge Benavides.
Teens ranging in ages 14 to 17 years old explained to the judge why they’ve been missing school.
Judge Benavides also asked parents what they’re doing to help their child get back on track.
According to the judge, truancy issues stem from being bullied in school, drugs, peer pressure and gang related activities.
Tonight (Thursday) by speaking to the parents and their teen he hopes to have the teen return to school get their GED or graduate.
The next night court session will be held Tuesday, May 22nd. It begins at 5 p.m.