GORDON LIGHTFOOT | Culture
An Upper Hutt parent has shocked the school community at Hutt High School today, after making sure his 15 year old son went to school, even though he didn’t want to.
Mark Ramsay, 45, drove his son Jacob to the school gates this morning and watched him walk through the main building. This was despite a lengthy argument previously, where Jacob moaned and grunted about not wanting to go, citing both mental health and the long term social impact of the covid lockdowns two years ago.
“Tough luck mate. I don’t want to go to work either, but it looks like I’m going anyway. And so you can go to school,” said Mark at approximately 7:45 this morning.
There have been reports of low attendance rates at schools around the country, with various excuses being made by the media and assorted psychology/virology experts.
“Time to move on Jake, stop feeling sorry for yourself. Back to school time mate. Learn to do something valuable in life,” laughed the dad as he shoved the teenager out the passenger door.
One shocked mother who has nothing to do with the Ramsay family said the father’s behaviour was unacceptable. “Jacob’s clearly having a hard time readjusting to the routine of school, and I’m seeing no empathy from his father at all.
“I just hope he’s safe and that the school has identified him as an at-risk student in need of wrap around support,” she sniffed tearfully.
Mark denied any allegations that his son was having problems, stating that “the little shit’s just a zombie from playing xbox all night.”
More to come.
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