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PARENTING: What To Do When Parents Give Up?

There's a chilling scene in last night's PBS NewsHour segment on truancy prevention efforts in New Orleans, when cameras follow probation officers to the home of a 2nd grader who's missed a lot of school.

Standing outside the doorway, the officers and the parent talk about who's really responsible for making sure the child goes to school -- the parent or the kid. You may be surprised at just how candid that parent is about what she thinks needs to happen next.

You can watch or read the whole segment here, or see a few frames of the confrontation (with captions) below.  The parent is off camera behind the doorway.

Here's the transcript of the entire exchange:

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