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Papa from Brisbane pleads guilty after his son misses 95 days of school because he is ‘too scared’

Single father is taken to court after his son misses 95 days of school because the child is “too scared” to go to class

  • The 57-year-old pleaded guilty on Wednesday in Brisbane Magistrates Court
  • The father failed to send his 95-year-old son to school for more than 95 days
  • Man got a good behavior bond and his son went to school now

A single father who has not sent his seven-year-old son to school for nearly six months stands before the judge with the boy by his side.

The 57-year-old pleaded Wednesday in Brisbane Magistrates Court guilty of not fulfilling his obligation as a parent to guarantee school attendance.

The court heard that the boy was absent from his primary school in downtown Brisbane for 95 days between June and December.

A single father pleaded guilty for not fulfilling his obligation as a parent to insure the school attendance for his seven-year-old son (stock)

A single father pleaded guilty for not fulfilling his obligation as a parent to insure the school attendance for his seven-year-old son (stock)

Outside the court, the man said his son was too scared to go to school.

“I tried to get my guts out,” he told AAP.

“I encountered a lot of resistance. I once had a black eye when I tried to put on his socks and shoes.

“When I finally got him there … he wouldn’t go in through the front door and it took a week or two before I could take him to class.”

The man got a good behavior bond and said his son went to school now.

Asked why the boy was at the court and not at school, the man said his son wanted to attend the hearing.

“He goes every day, but I allowed him to come with me and I bring him to school right now,” he said.

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