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Mother in court over truant daughter
4:30pm Sunday 10th March 2013 in News
A mother said getting her teenage daughter to school was “like banging her head against a wall” after she appeared in court over her truancy.
The mother, who cannot be named for legal reasons, said it was “a constant battle” to get her 15- year-old daughter to school which she attended on less than three quarters of the required days.
Brighton and Hove City Council brought the prosecution after the girl attended only 102 of 142 half-day sessions between September and January.
Since then the child’s attendance had dropped still further to just 32 of 68 half days between January and March.
Magistrates were sympathetic to the mother’s efforts, as well as those of her other daughters, to get her daughter to school.
They chose to sentence her to a six month conditional discharge as opposed to the maximum £1000 fine.