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UPDATE: Judge Aboulhosn talks truancy with Mercer Co. students

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GARDNER (WVVA) - Judge Omar Aboulhosn is speaking to students across Mercer County about the importance of attendance.

As part of an ongoing effort to combat truancy, Aboulhosn is visiting schools to speak to students at several schools.

Aboulhosn visited PikeView Middle School first on Wednesday, and was scheduled to visit PikeView High and Princeton Middle later in the day.

Aboulhosn said students who skip school or don't graduate are much more likely to end up on the wrong side of the law later in life.

Aboulhosn said another issue linked to truancy is drugs.

"Generally you don't know whether they dropped out of school and then got involved in drugs, or they got involved in drugs and dropped out of school, but either way that's a common denominator in absences and truancy," he said.

Aboulhosn said Mercer County sees around 200 truancy cases a year.

On Oct. 31, the judge is scheduled to visit Princeton and Montcalm high schools.

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