A mother has been threatened with a fine and criminal record for taking her terminally ill son out of school for what could be his final holiday.
Maxine Ingrouille-Kidd, 56, wanted to take Curtis, 13, a quadriplegic with cerebral palsy, on the trip of a lifetime after doctors said he could die between the ages of 14 and 19.
The mother-of-three was due to take her son on a cruise during this October’s half-term holiday, but she had to move it because the ship wasn’t equipped to handle his needs.
So she changed the date to later in October and requested a holiday form from the school.
However, she was left ‘flabbergasted and shocked’ when the mainstream school, with provisions for special needs, refused and told her she could be fined or face a criminal record.
Mrs Ingrouille-Kidd, from Wedmore, Somerset, told The Sunday Times: ‘My son is 14 in October. This could well be his last holiday.‘Curtis is a quadriplegic, has cerebral palsy and epilepsy and is registered blind. He is never going to have a career, he is going to spend the rest of his life with us looking after him.