Posted by Sally O'Brien, on 08/01/2015. Tags: Parenting Education And Politics
The parents of a truant daughter who missed 381 days of school since 2012 have avoided jail time but Judge says they will face prison if girl (14) does not improve attendance.
According to court reporter and Irish Independent’s Tom Tuite
, Judge John O’Neill of Dublin District Court heard that parents of girl, who in 2013 - 2014 had missed 152 days out of 167 and since the beginning of her third year, in September 2014, she has not gone to school at all, missing 73 days. She has missed almost 94 percent of school days since she enrolled in a secondary school.
The Irish Independent reported
that, The Child and Family Agency (CFA) brought persecution to the parents of the girl. Both parents could each get fined up to ‘€1,000 and jailed for a month after pleading guilty to breaking section 25 of the Education (Welfare) Act for not complying with an official warning to ensure their daughter went to school.’
According to the report, the Judge, who has adjourned the case for four weeks, warned them they would face prison.
According to Mr. Tuite’s article
, the solicitor for the CFA told the court that the parents had not cooperated when they were first contacted about their daughter’s truancy or have responded to the agency over the matter. The parents had also been warned previously that their daughter must stay in school, but since September 2014, she has not attended any day this year.
Read the full Irish Independent Article here