Parents fined over term time holiday

A couple have been fined £630 after taking their three children on holiday to Greece during the school term time and refusing to pay a subsequent fine.

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Your views: Parents in court over term-time holiday fine

A couple are due to appear in court today after taking their three children on holiday to Rhodes during the school term and refusing to pay a subsequent fine.

Stewart and Natasha Sutherland now face a maximum fine of 2,500 and/or imprisonment for a term not exceeding three months.

Here are a selection of a number of responses from users of the ITV News Facebook page:

I take my kids on short 3/4 days holiday during term time. Why? Because we are struggling financially. Term time is the only time we can afford a holiday. If we didn't, my children would never get to go on holiday! Maybe it's the same for this family?

– Becki Riddell

There's a different between poor attendance and taking your children on holiday for a week!

– Cheryl Fenwick

Parents should set an example and support their child's education and the rules about it. Take your kids on a cheaper UK holiday in a caravan or a tent.

– Colin Enticott

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