truant officer


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truant officer

n.
An official who investigates unauthorized absences from school.
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tru′ant of`ficer


n.
a school official who investigates unauthorized student absences.
[1870–75, Amer.]
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The law was against them, too--little Vilimas, who was really eleven, but did not look to be eight, was stopped on the streets by a severe old lady in spectacles, who told him that he was too young to be working and that if he did not stop selling papers she would send a truant officer after him.
I must admit I did feel like a truant officer when I questioned these three boys on the beach early this week.
Susan Meakins added a cheeky post: "Happy memories playing truant from school and dashing downstairs when the truant officer came in.
Although the documentary does not mention it, Mack later attended the University of Oregon and returned to Pasadena, where he became a truant officer and was active in community affairs.
When his track career ended a few years after the Olympics, Davis put his degree to work as a teacher, guidance counselor, truant officer, coach, mentor and role model to kids, many of whom came from underprivileged or single-family homes.
This was a difficult meeting as I had just left the truant officer or 'wag man' who was telling me that he was now to be called a welfare officer.
The truant officer could do some roaring business on a Friday when kids who should be at school are getting their strips signed by Tim Krul and the like.
Noone served as a probation officer in the Worcester Central District Court for many years and had previously been a truant officer and Worcester firefighter.
According to section 119(6), "A truant officer may take into custody a child whom he believes on reasonable grounds to be absent from school contrary to this Act and may convey the child to school, using as much force as the circumstances require."
As soon as the tapes flew up, Winstanley jnr was off as if the truant officer was after him, but five yards from victory, he was overhauled by one of Kip Keino's relatives.
The tradition began in 1924, when Lansing truant officer George Palmer started a fund to provide children with shoes so they could attend school.
Zahoor Iqbal - a Birmingham council truant officer - was jailed for seven years.