OLIVE BRANCH, Miss. — It may have not been the welcome some parents wanted on the first day at Desoto County Schools.
Along with teachers and staff, deputies were on some school campuses looking for out-of-state tag violations.
Earlier this week the sheriff’s department let parents know by way of Facebook they would be staking out school to make sure everyone with kids attending the schools have Mississippi tags.
Sheriff Bill Rasco says if you have kids in Desoto County Schools, you better live in Desoto County and be paying taxes there.
Parents we talked to agree.
“You know, they make it so hard to get into the schools here and they are always so overcrowded. I just think if you lived here you should have taxes and all things to go along with that,” said Jeanette O’Bryant.
Deputies weren’t ticketing parents today, but were making it clear that parents can’t drive over state lines to bring their children to school.
At Center Hill Middle School in Olive Branch, we saw a number of vehicles with Tennessee tags go through the drop-off line.
Parents were even pointing out the cars with out-of-state tags.
Desoto County Schools administrators are also serious about who attends their schools.
Last year, they put out 160 kids after they discovered their parents had falsified their own records.
The sheriff hasn’t said how often they will be checking for out-of-state tags at schools.