The sheriff charged them with truancy, and then he and his officers ran them out of town.
Some of the commentators on the Toronto Life site note that it is peculiar that truancy laws weren't enforced in this situation.
For example, in 2008, Los Angeles issued 12,000 fines for truancy.
In contrast, other jurisdictions only fine students for truancy, not the parents.
Some, traumatized by a sexual assault, missed school and were arrested for truancy.
They treated us as truants only, and as if they quite understood our truancy.
The thought of my truancy was no balm to my conscience just then.
I have my own idea of how this truancy question is going to be solved.
The thought of Persis came to him now with the charm of all three—honey, truancy to duty, and danger.
Did you talk to him about his truancy, say anything to him about it, or ask him about it, how he happened to stay out of school?