A father who received a text message from his son’s school asking why the boy was absent replied by sending a picture of the 15-year-old sunning himself on holiday in Dubai.
Father-of-two Simon Morgan, 43, from Penarth in South Wales, went on holiday with wife Claire and son James, 15, on a last minute holiday on March 3 which meant his son missed two days of school.
While there business owner Mr Morgan received a text message from Stanwell School in Penarth which asked why James was absent – and Mr Morgan thought it would be funny to reply with a picture of James stood in front of Dubai’s luxurious Burj Al’arab hotel.
It is not the first time Mr Morgan has sent back a frivolous reply to the school’s automated messaging system.
‘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.
Mr Morgan said: ‘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.
His son said
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.’