School sends grieving child, 5, homework about ‘girl and daddy on a day out’

A five-year-old girl who’d just lost her dad was given homework about a daughter and her daddy on a day out.

Stacy Hirst, from Bridlington in Yorkshire, was shocked after receiving Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Tale from Quay Academy.

She’d just lost her ex-partner and was keeping her child Kendel out of school for a couple of weeks.

In place of lessons, the 34-year-old requested a home learning pack – which included the book.

It focused on a daughter and her dad going out for the day, Hull Live reports.

Luckily, Stacy checked the book beforehand and got in touch with the school.

She said: “After her dad died, Kendel was struggling. She used to video call him every night, and the last time she spoke to him, he said he'd speak to her tomorrow, and I found out the next day that he'd died.

"She has been really upset and doesn't understand, she's been asking if she can video call him in heaven.”

Describing the book, she added: "I wasn't at all impressed as I thought it was really insensitive, so I called the school and left an urgent message for them to ring me back."

Stacy said she waited two weeks before she finally received an apology – after another 14 calls to the school for an explanation.

She is also waiting for a personal apology from the teacher.

Stacy has now applied to home school her daughter permanently, as she "wasn't happy" with the school.

She has also moved out of the area to stay with her mum for some extra support during this difficult time.

Stacy added: "Kendel is finding it hard as her daddy was perfectly fine the day before, so she's struggling to adapt, and this whole situation with the school hasn't made it any easier, it's been a massive blow."

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A spokesperson for Quay Academy said: “A family bereavement is an extremely difficult time for anyone, particularly children, and we work hard to support children through this.

"We recognise, however, that on this occasion our actions were unintentionally insensitive.

"We are reviewing what happened and will explore whether any changes need to be made to our process and practices. In the meantime, we have extended an unreserved apology to the family for causing any further upset at what will undoubtedly have been a distressing time.”

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