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IN RE: the Matter of: J.S. (2023)

Missouri Court of Appeals, Western District.

IN RE: the Matter of: J.S., Appellant, v. JUVENILE OFFICER, Respondent.

WD 85346

Decided: May 23, 2023

Division One: W. Douglas Thomson, Presiding Judge, Lisa White Hardwick, Judge and Karen King Mitchell, Judge Jeffrey C. Esparza, Kansas City, MO, for Appellant. Shariece L. Canandy, St. Joseph, MO, for Respondent.


J.S. appeals the judgment of the Circuit Court of Buchanan County (“hearing court”) ordering his commitment to the Buchanan County Academy to complete its program, after finding J.S. was repeatedly and without justification absent from school while subject to compulsory attendance in violation of § 211.031.1(2)(a).1 In particular, J.S. claims error with the hearing court's finding, arguing it “was not based on substantial evidence, in that a lack of justification was an element of the offense [J.S.] was found to have committed, and in that there was no evidence introduced that [J.S.] lacked justification for failing to attend school.” We affirm. Because a published opinion would have no precedential value, we have provided an unpublished memorandum to the parties which sets forth the reasons for this order. Rule 84.16(b).2


1.   All statutory citations are to RSMo 2021, unless otherwise noted.

2.   All rule references are to Missouri Supreme Court Rules (2022).


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IN RE: the Matter of: J.S. (2023)

Docket No: WD 85346

Decided: May 23, 2023

Court: Missouri Court of Appeals, Western District.

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