Parents Charged Over Truancy

Ryan and Stephanie Cain, of St. Marys, have been charged with four counts of violating mandatory education laws for children between ages six and 16. The parents of four Crooked River Elementary School pupils were arrested for allowing their children to miss an excessive number of school days with no excuse. School officials began notifying the Cains about their children’s attendance problems on November 1st. School officials reached out to the parents eight or nine times before St. Mary’s police were called. Police officials said it is unusual to arrest parents in cases like this and it is only done after the school has taken numerous steps to rectify the situation. Bond was set at $675 for each of the four charges against the parents.