What do you call a pupil who goes somewhere else in name of going to school?

Is there a particular word for it?

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    Informal: playing hookey. Commented Apr 21, 2017 at 8:29

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The formal word for him would be a Truant

A truant is a child (boy or girl) who deliberately avoids school.
The child is also said to be playing truant while doing this.

There are several slang terms, which tend to vary both from place to place and over time.

  • As far as I know a truant could just as easily apply to a girl as a boy (the OP mentioned boy). I have never heard of a truantess.
    – WS2
    Commented Apr 21, 2017 at 8:09
  • @WS2: True, that's why I said child in the answer. I've edited it to make it clearer.
    – Chenmunka
    Commented Apr 21, 2017 at 8:11
  • I don't think there is a word that specifically targets boys. I'd edit my post to replace "boy" with "pupil". "Truant" is the word I was looking for.
    – Arishta
    Commented Apr 21, 2017 at 8:16

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