Sunderland mum in court after daughter skips school 28 times

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A MUM was taken to court after failing to send her daughter to school.

The woman, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was brought to court after the schoolgirl frequently missed lessons.

Sunderland Magistrates’ Court heard the youngster attended on 96 out of 124 occasions from September to December last year.

Sandra Thompson, prosecuting for Sunderland City Council, said 25 of the absences were not authorised.

She added that the local authority had tried to visit the 45-year-old mum twice and sent her five letters, but she had failed to respond to any contact. Representing herself, the woman admitted the offence, but said her daughter had been genuinely ill.

But she was unable to produce medical certificates, as she said her doctor’s surgery would charge for them.

Chairman Alan Le Marinel said: “If you had co-operated with the local authority you could have discussed this with them.

“You need to send her to school on an ongoing basis.”

He imposed a 12-month conditional discharge and ordered the mum pay £50 costs.