Parents fined for taking kids out of school

A MOTHER from Batley pulled her children out of school for a month to visit their sick grandmother in Pakistan.

The woman, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was fined £665 by magistrates this week.

Three of her children aged eight to 16 were absent from different schools from November 28 to December 21 last year.

It was one of several cases heard at Kirklees Magistrates’ Court that landed parents with fines of more than £2,000.

The parents, all of whom cannot be named, faced court after not paying council-imposed penalties.

A mum from Mirfield was fined £458 for taking her teenage son out of school for a trip to Spain.

She claimed the visit was for an educational project that would benefit her son, but the school refused to sanction it.

A couple from Thornhill were fined £294 each for taking their seven-year-old out of school for a trip.

Meanwhile, a 25-year-old woman from Dewsbury was told to pay £428 for taking her child out of school for five days.

None of the parents were present at the Huddersfield hearings. They were given 14 days to pay.

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