Mum charged after teenage daughter wags school
A TOOWOOMBA woman has had to front the city's Magistrates Court after being charged with not ensuring her daughter went to school.
Police prosecutor Sergeant Tim Hutton told the court the school contacted police after it was found the teenage girl had not attended her high school from February 10 to August 26 last year.
The school sent the 47-year-old woman notices regarding her daughter's absence from school in March, June and July, the court heard.
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When the notices went unanswered, officers from the Child Protection Investigation Unit went to the family home.
The woman admitted she had received documentation from the school regarding her daughter's absence, Sgt Hutton told the court.
The woman and school concerned are not named to protect the identity of the teenager.
The woman pleaded guilty to a charge of failing in her obligation as a parent to ensure attendance at school of her child.
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Duty solicitor Nathan Bouchier told the court the family had moved to Toowoomba from interstate the year before and the teenager had struggled with that move.
His client had tried to get her daughter to attend school and had taken her to the school but her daughter had absconded.
The teenage girl was now receiving her schooling through an alternate education facility, Mr Bouchier told the court.
Magistrate Damian Carroll placed the woman on a four-month good behaviour bond.
He ordered the conviction not be recorded.