FORT STOCKTON - Fort Stockton parents are putting away the checkbooks and sending their kids to work off their bad behavior after they get in trouble.
School and city officials tell us they have seen more and more students skipping class, fighting and even talking back to teachers.
When the students do it, they are fined.
Now instead of paying the fines, parents are sending kids to perform community service.
Many of the offenders range between 12 to 17 years old.
Officials say the bad behavior comes from what is happening at home.
"They all have attitudes; they are all trying to prove something to everybody else. Just like you see all across the country, it all has to do with video games stuff like that, the kids think everything is a joke nowadays. Some of them definitely need more punishment like time in jail, I know we had a few that had gone and come back and they are not as tough as they were," Ed Ferguson, Supervisor of Community Service, said.
During the community service, the kids pick up as many as 90 bags of trash.