Mum said truancy girl was bullied

Blackpool Magistrates' Court

Blackpool Magistrates' Court

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A mother told magistrates that her daughter sometime hid in school because she was bullied.

Ann-Marie Coughlin, 41, of Richmond Road, North Shore, pleaded guilty to failing to ensure a child’s regular attendance at school.

She has been to school, but then hiding in the school. There was a lesson she did not like and she was being bullied

Lynda Bennett, prosecuting for Blackpool Council, said the case involved Coughlin’s 16-year-old daughter when she was a pupil at Blackpool’s Aspire Academy. Between September 3 last year and March 27 this year Coughlin’s daughter’s attendance was 87 per cent and 27 of her absences were unauthorised.

Coughlin told magistrates: “She has been to school, but then hiding in the school. There was a lesson she did not like and she was being bullied.

“I have been to the police about the bullying.”

Coughlin was fined £60 and ordered to pay £20 victims’ surcharge by Blackpool magistrates.