‘Outlandish’ 15-year-old is not in school

AN Offaly mother has been ordered to bring her son home from abroad so he can go to school.

AN Offaly mother has been ordered to bring her son home from abroad so he can go to school.

Judge John Coughlan said it was “outlandish” that the 15 year old boy is on the continent with his older brother, who is working there.

Mr Donal Farrelly said there had been difficulties in the school and the boy didn’t want to go, even though his mother had been working hard to encourage him.

The boy had been difficult to control, said Mr Farrelly, but the judge insisted that he be home from Europe to appear before the court with the school principal and class teacher tomorrow (Wednesday).

He said it was an absolute disgrace that the principal and class teacher were absent from court, as they are key people to engage with the boy.

He dismissed comments by Solicitor Patricia Cronin, who was acting on behalf of the National Education Welfare Board and said school staff didn’t ordinarily attend hearings.

The case was adjourned to April 4.