Washington County Circuit Judge John H. McDowell on Wednesday kept a promise he made to a 17-year-old graffiti "artist" in juvenile court a month ago.
"If you miss one day of school, I'll take you out of your home," he told the Maugansville teenager who pleaded guilty to two counts of malicious destruction of property.
A school attendance report from a Washington County Board of Education pupil personnel worker revealed the teen skipped several classes on the days he was in school since the March hearing.
There also was a new suspension for problems at school, the worker told the judge.
The school promise came about when McDowell learned the teenager had missed 33 days of school this year. Comments from his teachers revealed he shows up for classes at North Hagerstown High School only one or two days a week and is failing all subjects.