BRYAN, Texas (CNN) - "The choices that you have made by being tardy or not attendingschool comes consequences, and that's why you're here," said TommyMunoz, Brazos County Justice of the Peace.
Poor choices have landed 22 Bryan HighSchool skippers and their parents in Judge Munoz's courtroom.Many of the students the judge will see have more than 25 absencesthis school year.
"Just didn't keep up with his end of the bargain, he did some ofthe tutorials and then didn't finish them and began to have tardiesand absences again," said Ruth Waller, Bryan High School assistantprincipal and truancy officer. Since their future of graduatinghigh school is on the line, Judge Munoz is not taking any chance.He is using a new way to keep students on track.
"You will be placed on electronic monitoring until your nextcourt date to review your attendance," said Judge Munoz.
Five times a day some truants will have to use a GPS. They willbe required to key in a code to prove they are where they aresupposed to be. But, it is not just a tracking device. Counselingalso comes with it. Three to five times a week, they will get acall from a counselor coach to talk about their school day and toset positive goals.
One 15-year-old Bryan High School sophomore was not required toget a GPS tracking device, but admits he has made some poordecisions.
"I just didn't get up," said the student. "And sometimes, Iskipped too."
But, he promises to do better and never to skip again.
Judge Munoz said he is trying to make sure all the truants getup out of bed and back in the place that will have a positiveimpact on their future and he is hoping they will learn that intruancy court.
Is this intended to embarrass you," asks Judge Munoz. "Yes itis. Because the law says they need to be in school and if theydon't want to get up, well we're gonna get them there."
In addition to carrying a GPS, students or their parents mustpay a fine. The judge can keep truants from getting their driver'slicense.
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