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  Girl has 'school phobia'
Updated 05 June 2002, 14.33
Gemma Maisey
An 11-year-old girl who has an irrational fear of school has been diagnosed with "school phobia".

Gemma Maisey from Swindon in Wiltshire has only been to school twice in three months.

Now her mum Sarah has been threatened with jail if she can't get Gemma to go to school.

  Click here to find out how the law works

Gemma had to take six weeks off to recover from a chest injury.

Panic attacks

But she got so worried about how much she'd missed that she had panic attacks when she tried to go back to Hreod Parkway School.

The illness affects about one in a 100 children.

Her mum says she asked for homework but claims the school said no.

The school sent Gemma to an education welfare officer but Sarah says they haven't taken Gemma's problem seriously enough.

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