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Families charged for pulling children out of school over Pentecost long weekend

– School-aged children are legally obliged to attend school in Germany. And parents who try to take their children out of school without permission, regardless of the reason, face prosecution.


In Germany, kids have to go to school whether their parents want them there or not.

Police in southern Germany have filed 21 cases of truancy after spot checks at the Allgäu and Nuremberg airports on May 17 and 18. Officers caught families attempting to fly prior to the three-day Pentecost weekend without approval for their children to skip school. “The police are calling on parents not to take children out of school without the school’s permission, even just to take advantage of cheaper flights,” the police department in the town of Memmingen, home to the Allgäu Airport, said.

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