A TEENAGE girl who was shot in her lungs has been forced to return to school despite being a Covid risk because her parents were threatened with fines.
Thusha Kamaleswaran, 15, was shot in the chest when she was just five after being caught in the crossfire in a shooting at her uncle’s shop.
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She was left paralysed after a bullet shattered her spine as it passed through her body and her injuries mean she is vulnerable to respiratory infections.
During the coronavirus pandemic the schoolgirl has been shielding and has been studying at home.
Thusha though was forced to return to classes at Seven Kings School in Ilford, Essex, after the school threatened to fine her parents – dad Sasi, 45, and mum Shamila, 43 – even though her doctor had warned against it.
What are the rules on fines for parents if kids miss school?
Families who ignore the government's rules on their kid's education will be hit with a penalty unless they have a "good reason".
It is against the law to withhold your child from school, except for a small number of exceptions.
Under current laws, a local council can give each parent a fine of £60, which rises to £120 each if the fine is not paid within 21 days.
If the fine still remains unpaid after 28 days you may be prosecuted for your child’s absence from school.
Children who are particularly vulnerable to coronavirus and those who have compromised immune systems are exempt from mandatory school attendance.
Schools minister Nick Gibb also reiterated that fines are something that "headteachers are very reluctant to use, they only use them as a last resort.”
Her GP, Dr PJ Suresh, wrote a letter to the school saying her lung function wasn’t optimal, adding: “Every effort should be made to allow Thusha to study and do her school work remotely.”
Thusha’s brother Thusan, 21, says the doctor even phoned the school but the family were still warned they could be fined or taken to court.
Thusan told the Sunday Mirror: “Thusha returned to school on Monday but feels unsafe and anxious. It seems really unfair after all she’s been through.”
Seven Kings’ head of pastoral care, Dean Taylor, claimed the letter from the GP “did not provide the necessary information”.
He added: “When a pupil is absent we are obliged to comply with school attendance regulations.
“We have done this while seeking to support and advise the family further.”
Heartbreaking CCTV footage captured tiny Thusha happily doing dance moves in the aisle of her uncle’s shop, Stockwell Food and Wine, in South London, just before the 2011 horror.
Moments later three gang members targeting a drug-dealing rival who had gone into the shop opened fire into the store, where her father Sasi was working.
The gang members who shot her were jailed for life the following year.
THE U.S. Navy seal who shot Osama bin Laden has pushed back against President Donald Trump on Tuesday after he retweeted an account that promoted a QAnon-linked conspiracy theory.
Rob O’Neill – who famously pulled the trigger on the Al Qaeda leader during a raid in Abbottabad Pakistan in 2011 – took to Twitter after Trump shared a tweet linking to a conspiracy theory that bin Laden's body double was killed instead.
The president's retweet read: "Hiden Biden and Obama may have had Seal Team 6 killed! EXPLOSIVE: CIA Whistleblower Exposes Biden’s Alleged Role with the Deaths of Seal Team- Claims to have Documented Proof. RETWEET!!!”
The Twitter account, which shared the original tweet, has since been suspended.
On Tuesday morning, O'Neill hit back at Trump and tweeted: "Very brave men said goodby to their kids to go kill Osama bin Laden.
"We were given the order by President Obama.
"It was not a body double. Thank you Mr. President. Happy birthday @USNavy."
He later added: "I know who I killed, homie. Every time."
O'Neill shot Osama bin Laden three times during a raid on the al-Qaeda leader's hideout in Pakistan in May 2011.
He also took part in the rescue of a merchant ship that was taken over by Somali pirates in 2011 – a mission that inspired the plot for the movie 'Captain Phillips' starring Tom Hanks.
After killing the 9/11 mastermind, O'Neill wrote a detailed account about the slaying.
Bin Laden had been hunted for 10 years before US spies finally tracked him down and sent in the Navy Seals to kill him.
O'Neill made light of the situation also tweeted: "S**t. I just found out that I killed Osama bin Johnson. Drinks are on me, I guess…"
A Twitter account for Biden's campaign also responded to Trump's tweets.
It read: "Trump has endorsed a falconer's Benghazi conspiracy theory that Joe Biden killed Navy SEALs in a blood sacrifice and that Osama Bin Laden is still alive because Seal Team 6 killed his body double.
"He is seriously unhinged."
According the the Daily Beast, the claim that bin Laden's body double was killed stems from "a falconer who says he uncovered secrets about Al-Qaeda, Iran, and U.S. intelligence in his work as a falconer for Middle Eastern power players."
Back in August, O'Neill tweeted that he's "not a p***y" in the caption to a picture showing him without a mask onboard an airplane.
He was later banned from Delta after he shared the in-flight maskless selfie.