Cleveland begins truancy sweeps to curb student violence

CLEVELAND - The city sent officers to round up truant students on Wednesday and the mayor promised more sweeps for absent youngsters to stem school violence.

Besides plans announced earlier to add 30 to 35 school security officers, Mayor Frank Jackson said police would conduct "frequent and random" truancy sweeps. Parents of truants face $150 fines.

In the second phase of school security upgrades, Jackson said disruptive students would be sent to a special school beginning next month.

Recent problems in the 65,000-student district include gunfire outside a high school and assaults against a principal and teacher by elementary students.

Jackson controls city schools through an appointed board of education.

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