CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- A number of Charlotte parents could face criminal charges after their children had too many unexplained absences from school.

According to reports by Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools Police, the parents of four students could face criminal charges this week.

The students, who attend different elementary schools around the city, accumulated at least ten unexcused absences this school year.

One child, an 11-year-old girl at Mountain Island Lake Academy, was absent 70 times this school year. The school counselor contacted authorities when the girl failed to show up for school again on Monday.

North Carolina has a compulsory attendance law which states in part:

Every parent, guardian or custodian in this State having charge or control of a child between the ages of seven and 16 years shall cause the child to attend school continuously for a period equal to the time which the public school to which the child is assigned shall be in session.

CMS adheres to that law, a spokesperson notes, adding that they first take every step to communicate with the parents through letters and meetings about the truancy problems.