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Hope for truant says grandmother

PUBLISHED: 20:45 20 June 2002 | UPDATED: 12:08 03 March 2010

GRANDMOTHER Nina Chenery today voiced hope for a truant's future.

Mrs Chenery, of Gainsborough Road, Stowmarket said a visit to a child health clinic in Bury St Edmunds last Friday had added weight to her family's claim that her 12-year-grandson needs help.

GRANDMOTHER Nina Chenery today voiced hope for a truant's future.

Mrs Chenery, of Gainsborough Road, Stowmarket said a visit to a child health clinic in Bury St Edmunds last Friday had added weight to her family's claim that her 12-year-grandson needs help.

Her desperate daughter Rita Savill was at her wits' end after being threatened with court action if she cannot get her son Leon to school, as featured in the Evening Star last Thursday.

Leon had only attended three registration sessions out of 76 at Stowmarket Middle School, between April 9 and May 31.

Instead he spends long days at home, watching television, while mother-of-six Mrs Savill admitted she dare not make conversation with him for fear of him turning violent.

She said she can't bear to think about prison, but feels maybe a court appearance would prompt urgent action to get experts to help Leon.

Mrs Chenery said today: "The doctor thought he might be disturbed, and needed help, which is what we've been saying all along."

She thanked the Star for highlighting the issue, and said the coverage seemed to have spurred the authorities into action.

She added: "An education welfare officer had visited again and decided a meeting should be held with the school, to get everybody together to talk about Leon. Hopefully this will get him the help he needs."

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