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Dad takes son on holiday during term time and has brilliant response when school asks why he's absent

Mirror Mirror 22/03/2016 David Keane
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A father who took his son out of school during term time has replied to his school's query about his whereabouts - by texting them a picture of the boy on holiday.

Simon Morgan and his wife Claire removed their son James from classes on March 3 when they decided to take a last-minute break.

The 43-year-old received a text message from the school asking where Mark was, so texted them a picture of the 15-year-old outside of the Burj Al'arab luxury hotel in Dubai, calling it "light-hearted banter".

The business owner was texted by Stanwell School, in Penarth, South Wales, who asked: "James Morgan was absent from AM registration. Please can you TEXT a reply with the reason for this absence. Thanks Stanwell School."

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Simon replied with a picture of James standing in front of Dubai's luxurious hotel Burj Al'arab.

The father has played so many pranks on his son's school he has developed a reputation as the 'coolest dad at school'.

When James was late into class one morning, Simon offered to keep him in a cardboard box outside the school and feed him gruel to ensure he wasn't late again.

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Simon said: "We only found out about the holiday the day before as it was through the travel agency that we run, so we genuinely didn't have time to plan.

"I know I should have told the school beforehand but if you ask on things like this unfortunately they often say they don't approve of it, so I took a gamble. They didn't reply to the text so I think it paid off.

"James is doing very well, is on target for excellent GCSE results and misses very few days so I knew it was not going to negatively affect his work.

"When I got the message I decided to send the picture because I think a picture tells a thousand words. I think from the photo it was then quite apparent where he was.

"It was light-hearted banter, though admittedly it's not the first time I have done it. James obviously thought it was fantastic and all of his friends loved it too.

"I would say I am a fun but firm dad. I can be quite strict but James is a very good lad, he's very caring and hard-working so I don't mind having a laugh to entertain him or spoiling him occasionally.

"My wife takes my humour in her stride - though she does say that one day it might bite me on the back side."

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In previous text message replies to the school, Simon's responses have included blaming hippos for James being late in and not wanting James to 'sh** his pants' in the classroom for why he remained off ill.

In May 2015, when the school enquired why James was absent, he replied: "Oh dear god... We took James out last night to celebrate the end of his GCSE exams. We had a couple of cocktails...

"Not sure what happened next but I've woken up in a hotel room with a six foot plastic flamingo in my bed and what looks like Mike Tyson's tiger in the corner of the room.

"I think we may be in Las Vegas? I've no idea where James is. Will check the roof."

James, who hopes to one day study design or architecture, claims his dad has developed a reputation among both classmates and teachers alike.

James said: "Everyone takes it in good humour. One of the teachers even high fived me once when they heard about his latest prank.

"Most of his pranks go down well - apart from the one where he said he would keep me in a cardboard box outside school and feed me gruel. I don't think the staff saw the funny side of that one.

"But I think the picture of me in Dubai is the best one yet. It's very funny. As soon as he sent that one in, I knew he had done something as my phone started going crazy with friends telling me how word had got round at school. Everyone thinks he's hilarious.

"Mum used to think it was funny but now she just leaves him to it. She has to put up with dad, me and my 22-year-old brother Alex all joking around. She doesn't approve of the toilet humour but she thinks it's nice we all get on so well.

"My dad is very funny. He's always making us all laugh. He's a very excitable and happy person so he's fun to be around. I look up to him a lot and we are very close. He's really supportive of me at school too."

Stanwell School declined to comment.

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