Clovis woman sentenced for letting kids be truant

CLOVIS, N.M. (AP) - A Clovis woman whose three elementary school children missed school more than 20 times each last year has been sentenced to a parenting class and ordered to make sure the children are in class.

Magistrate Duane Castleberry sentenced Nicole Pitcock, 32, to attend the 16-week parenting course and set conditions under which she must ensure her children are in school.

District Attorney Matthew Chandler says Pitcock pleaded guilty Wednesday to a count of failing to enforce compulsory school attendance. A first-time conviction is not subject to jail time.

If she violates the court order, Chandler says she may be held in contempt and sentenced to up to six months.

A student with more than 10 unexcused absences in a school year is considered habitually truant.