11-Year-Old Girl Misses One Day of School for Mom's Funeral, Gets in Big Trouble

Maddie Stevens would have had perfect attendance, however, she had to miss one day of school to attend her mom’s funeral.

It was because of this day that the 11-year-old was banned from a school trip for students with 100 percent attendance records, the Mirror reports.

Her father, Andy Stevens, is furious at St. Giles’ Junior School in Bedworth, Warks since teachers refuse to apologize for excluding his daughter.

“It’s so insensitive after everything Maddie has been through,” he said.

Stevens continued to state “She has been absolutely amazing since her mum died. She took only one day off to go the funeral, because we wanted to keep things as normal as we could."

"Then she gets this kick in the face. Her school should be celebrating what she has achieved. Instead she’s been punished for going to her mum’s funeral. It’s a big moment leaving junior school,” he said.

Maddie said it made her sad not to go and would have been a nice treat after enduring the hardship of taking care of her mother over the last two years.

Her school issued this statement: “Following concerns raised, the rewarding of pupils for 100% attendance has been withdrawn.”

Since the issue went public, Maddie's JustGiving fund for the hospice where her mother died after her battle with breast cancer reached ten times its target, according to the Mirror.

Source: Mirror
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