THE dad of a Clydebank High pupil says he is “disgusted” at the school after his boy nearly drowned at lunch time - and he wasn’t told.

The teen, who has learning difficulties, was out with two friends during lunch earlier this year.

He was walking close to the Forth and Clyde Canal on January 29 when he fell in. Two of his friends and a couple of adults walking by helped pull him out.

The boy’s dad, who asked not to be named to prevent identification of his son, told the Post: “He nearly drowned. It was snowing at the time. He went back to school and told the office; they tumble dried his shirt. They didn’t even let me know; I didn’t find out until I picked him up from school.

“He was pink, there was steam leaving his body. He had been sitting in the school for three hours, the heat that left his body was unreal. The next day he was ill. He swallowed some canal water, so he was sick. I had to get him home into a shower to heat him up while my eldest son phoned the school.

“It’s disgusting that the school never informed me. That’s their duty of care because my son had an accident. They are quick on the phone telling me when he’s misbehaving, but nothings ever come of this.”

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The concerned parent contacted the Post after reading last week’s story about a Clydebank High pupil who skipped classes for three months.

We reported that the girls mum found her in McDonald’s and the school was totally unaware.

And the parent who contacted us this week told how he had a similar situation.

He said: “There was an incident involving my son and the teacher phoned me up, so I said I would come in. That’s when I was informed he had been skipping classes for two and a half months around March, April, May time.

“I couldn’t tell you if he’s been in his classes since, I’ve not had any communication from the school.

“I drop him off every day and pick him up, so I didn’t know. I’ve never had a text saying he’s been off school, I’ve not had a letter about his attendance, I’ve not had a report card this year. There’s a lot of things failing in that school.

“He was also caught truanting inside the school, he was ditching some classes.

“I can’t blame the school for him skipping classes, but I can blame them for not informing me. I haven’t got an email, a text, or nothing.

“If they had texted me saying he wasn’t in school the first week I would have been all over that like a rash. He’s my son, I want what’s best for him in life.

“It’s disgusting, they’re interfering with my son’s education. The future he has got because of his condition is bleak, and they’re just dampening it.

“I even asked for my son to get a truancy card and he wasn’t given one.”

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The parent also raised concerns about his child, who is supposed to be going to college three days a week and school the other two, when he starts back in August.

He added: “If the children don’t meet a certain standard, they’re bunked off to college to a programme.

“They should be educating these children until they’re 16. I have really high concerns about my son going to that college beside the water.

“It’s clinically proven that people with autism are drawn to water. It’s not happening in my books. I’m determined he will be in school until he’s 16.”

A spokeswoman for WDC said: “Teachers take an electronic register at the start of every period and sends three messages daily to inform parents and carers if their children have not reported to class. The Pastoral Team will continue to monitor absences and highlight patterns of non-attendance to allow the school to raise this with parents and guardians.

"Where appropriate, our team of Pupil and Family Support workers visit homes to discuss matters more fully, and parents and guardians are in regular contact with year heads to discuss the best approaches to maximise pupil attendance. By working together, the school, families and other education providers ensure that we best meet the needs of all of our learners on their journey to sustaining a positive destination.”