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Terminally ill boy given truancy warning

A SHEPSHED school has apologised for sending a letter about truancy to the mother of a boy suffering from leukaemia after she asked to take him out of classes to meet the Pope.

Louise Yates, of Cumbrian Way, wants to take her six-year-old son Travis on a two-day trip to the Vatican in June for a blessing with the Pope.

But when she asked for permission from St Botolph's School she was sent a letter about truancy and a copy of his attendance record.

After granting permission, the school has now apologised. In a statement, it said: "We are aware of Travis' illness and have given permission for him to travel to Rome during term-time.

"Government guidance suggests sending attendance information out with permission letters, but we appreciate in this instance it may not have been appropriate and we would like to apologise if this has caused the family any offence."

Ms Yates said she thought her son deserved some discretion given his illness.

She told the BBC: "You're not talking about a kid playing truant here, it's a terminal illness.

"I'm not having a pop at the school, it's the government that needs to address this type of issue. There have got to be other parents out there suffering the same thing as well."

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