The mother of the 15-year-old who as abducted by her teacher Jeremy Forrest has defended her decision to release a book on This Morning on ITV1 today (Thursday, January 29).
The book, written under the name of Davina Williams to protect the family’s identity, will be released in February priced at £16.99.
Named The Runaway Schoolgirl, the book details the abduction, the search for the pair, the trial at which Forrest was sentenced to five-and-a-half years in prison and how the family came to terms with what had happened.
The Bishop Bell maths teacher was found guilty of abduction and admitted sexual offences against his teenage pupil back in 2012. The pair made national news when they ran away together in 2012.
The names in the book have been changed for legal reasons and the mother refers to her daughter as Gemma.
The mother has been criticised for publishing the book.
Herald readers took to Facebook to share their views.
Claire Richardson said, “Selling your kid out to make a fast buck. As a parent of three girls my first priority would be to protect them, not write a book on it and keep dragging the story up.
“Let the girl get on with her life, I’m sure she won’t be thanking her mother for doing this, we’re three years down the line, it’s disgusting to think that someone seems to be more keen to get herself on the telly than looking out for her own kids.”
Many others described it as ‘terrible’ and ‘disgusting’.
She told the show’s presenters, Philip Schofield and Christine Bleakley, that releasing the book had ‘not been an easy decision’.
Speaking on the show, she said, “One day we are a normal family and the next we have got the world’s media camped outside our door.
“I wanted to put the record straight.”
The girl and her mother have had a difficult relationship since the incident and on This Morning the mother said, “She knows about it [the book] but she is not happy about it.”
She told viewers she was not being paid for any interviews and would give any proceeds from her book to her children and charity.