Boy, 13, misses 115 days of school in one year – as his mum is hauled before the courts after blaming the absences on a ‘TOOTHACHE and sore face’
- A Queensland mother was fined $200 after her son missed 115 days of school
- He was suffering from bullies and wanted to bring a knife to class for protection
- For 77 absent days, the school received no explanation why he wasn’t attending
- Ipswich Magistrates Court heard that the mother was ‘tired of the situation’
A mother has been charged with failing in her obligation as a parent after her teenage son attended school once in a 116 day period.
Ipswich Magistrates Court heard that the 13-year-old boy was suffering at the hands of bullies and was scared of the consequences of attending classes.
The boy had received facial injuries after a brawl with bullies at school, and told his mother that he wanted to bring a knife to school to protect himself.
For 39 days of his absence, the mum told staff at the Queensland school her son was away due to a sore face, toothache, or for family reasons.
A 13-year-old boy went to school for only one day in a 116 day period amid fears of further altercations with bullies (stock photo)
The school received no explanation for a further 77 days of non-attendance, bringing them to contact local police on the first of August.
Defence lawyer Chelsea Saldumbide told the court that the fight ‘was the breaking point for that child,’ the Sunshine Coast Daily reported.
‘She struggled to get the child to attend (school), or to attend a doctor for medication for anxiety,’ Ms Saldumbide said.
The 35-year-old single mother has three other children, all who were regularly attending school throughout the period.
Prosecutor Senior Constable Carl Spargo told the court that the mother was ‘frustrated and tired of the situation.’
She was fined $200 with no conviction.
Ipswich Magistrates Court (pictured) heard that the boy’s mother was ‘frustrated and tired of the situation.’