24 Sep 2013

Legal action against parents of truant teenager

11:27 am on 24 September 2013

A high school in Hamilton is to take legal action against the parents of a truant teenage girl who has missed over four years of school.

Principal Clive Hamill says Melville High School has tried everything including family group conferences and a Ministry of Education strategy, which have all been unsuccessful.

Mr Hamill says the prosecution is a last resort to get the year 10 student back into school, which under the Education Act requires parents to ensure students attend up until 16 years of age.

He told Nine to Noon her attendance has actually improved since the prosecution plan came into effect to about 70%.