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Teenage girl 'not entitled to injunction for school place'

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound on 18/04/2013. Teenage girl 'not entitled to injunction for school place'Tags: Secondary School News

A teenage girl with mental health difficulties is not entitled to a mandatory injunction that would direct the state to provide her with a suitable school placement.

This is according to the High Court's Ms Justice Iseult O'Malley, who came to the decision despite claiming the girl's social education was gravely deficient on account of her not attending a school for more than a year.

Having arrived in Dublin in 2008, the girl and her family obtained a school place in 2010, but the pupil was temporary excluded in December 2011 due to her challenging behaviour - a suspension that became permanent from February 2012 onwards.

The student has not returned to school since, although she currently receives two hours of home tuition a day.

According to the judge, the order of the type sought could not be granted because the girl's claims that her development was being hampered by the lack of a school placement was deemed insufficient. 

Written by Donal Walsh



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