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Long Beach Mother Arrested In Son’s Truancy

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LONG BEACH (CBS) — A Long Beach mother faced charges Friday after her son missed more than 50 days of school, according to police.

Ermila Zamora was arrested earlier in the week under a new truancy law that took effect January 1.

Her son attends Washington Middle School. Under the law, students may not have more than 10 percent of unexcused absences in a school year.

Long Beach Unified has a truancy rate of 40-percent.

Police warned that skipping class can often lead to other problems.

“It increases their opportunity to commit crimes, it increases their opportunity to become a victim of crime,” said Long Beach Police Officer Rob Gallagher.

Police said they had met with Zamora on several occasions to discuss her son’s truancy.

She was released on $10,000 bail. If convicted she could spend up to a year in jail, and pay a $2,000 fine.

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