I AM the parent that this article refers to & wish to point out that in no way do I defend my daughter's failure to comply with instruction from Ms Gormley, but feel that the punishment must fit the crime.

There would be uproar if a thief who stole a loaf of bread was given a 25 year prison sentence, likewise a serial killer wouldn't be given a £30 fine.

Under the circumstances a detention would have been more than adequate.

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