I can't stop my son from skipping school
MIRANDA Hammond says she needs help to force her son to go to school and insists she will go to court if that is what it takes.
The mum, from Sparkwell, has four children but her 12-year-old son Ajay refuses to go in. She said she is "happy to go court" and that there has got to be "some sort of change".
The 37-year-old said: "I've been trying my hardest, I used to pull him out of bed and get him dressed, push him in the car and through the school gates, but I can't do that anymore.
"I'm 5ft 3inches and he's much bigger and stronger, he's built like a mini rugby player.
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"He also knows the law and says that if I touch him that it's assault. I'm at my wits' end."
Ajay is in Year 8 at Ivybridge Community College.
Miranda said she called a meeting on Friday to discuss the issue further.
Now Ajay needs to attend school every day for four weeks under the 'fast track to attendance' scheme. Any unauthorised absence will result in a £60 penalty notice which Ms Hammond will have to pay.
However Ajay did not go in to school on Monday or yesterday, Miranda told The Herald.
"Why are they prosecuting me when it should be him?" she said. "If you've got a child that's stronger and bigger than you then what more can I do?"
Miranda has three other children aged 20, 18, and the youngest is seven, and she said all of them have regularly attended school with one currently at college.
"I've had enough and I'm absolutely sick of it. I'm going to write a letter to David Cameron. I don't understand what the problem is, something needs to be done, there must be other parents in my position. There's just got to be some sort of change.
"It's not fair, we need to fight back for changes to get some help. Why should I be prosecuted when I haven't done anything wrong? I'm doing all I can."
Miranda said the problems started when she fell 30ft down a quarry while Ajay and her youngest son were there.
"I thought he may be worried about me but it's been going on for years now.
"Then it was homework, then it was boring. He's very headstrong and does what he wants," she said.
Miranda has tried to make Ajay's life at home unappealing in a hope that will make him go in, but she says that's not helping either.
"I'm doing everything I possibly can, I take everything away to make it boring for him and I don't let him go to football training.
"Meetings are all well and good but where is the action? Police officers have come and he runs off, he hides in the woods, and then they go," she said.
Now Miranda is calling for all parents to stand united to try to make a change.
"People need to take notice and the MPs need to realise. They're not the ones who have to deal with all of this.
"I could get a fine or go to prison and how is that fair when I'm doing everything I can?
"It's even been said that I could go on a parenting course, but I need help not blame.
"I need to make a stand now. I don't want sympathy, there just needs to be some sort of change for other mums like me.
"Even if my son does start going to school I will continue to try and help others."