NBC Evening News for Sunday, Mar 31, 1974
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(Studio) Attendance at junior and senior high school drops sharply.
REPORTER: Douglas Kiker
(NYC) Many young people go to school long enough to have attendance checked and then leave. Many school children leave because they never learned to read or read poorly. [Dr. Harvey SCRIBNER - admits some children never have day of success; truancy is easiest out.] [Nora BRITZ - explains why she quit school at age 13.] Elementary grade attendance drops also. Some children stay home and watch TV. Truants get little attention from police or school authorities. One 13 year describes breaking and entering escapades undertaken during school hrs. [Sister Margaret LEONARD - discusses 9 year old truant with CBS.] More and more children become street people.
REPORTER: Betty Rollin