Mother of runaway schoolgirl to write book about ordeal

The mother of the schoolgirl who ran away with Jeremy Forrest in 2012 is to write a book documenting the anguish she suffered at finding out her daughter was abducted by her maths teacher.

Titled ‘Runaway Schoolgirl’, the book is expected to describe her ordeal from the moment she discovered her daughter was missing through to Forrest’s arrest and trial.

The book is due to be released next February, just months before the former maths teacher is set to be released from prison after being jailed for five-and-a-half years for abduction and sex offences.

The 15-year-old pupil and her 30-year-old Bishop Bell School teacher fled to France two years ago, triggering a huge manhunt involving French and British police.

At the time, the girl’s mother spoke to the British media at a press conference, describing her daughter as a ‘typically girly girl’. She added, “She is always in at 7pm. She is not one of these kids to roam the streets. She doesn’t go out drinking or anything like that. She doesn’t like the dark so she had never been out after dark.

“It is completely out of character. This is not her. She is not like this.”

The pair were eventually tracked down in Bordeaux and Forrest was arrested.

In the ensuing months and during the trial, the relationship between the schoolgirl and her mother was strained as the teenager vowed to stand by jailed Forrest.

In a statement read outside the court on her behalf, the girl’s mother said, “The last nine months have been like living out your worst nightmare. Every aspect of our lives has been affected to some degree.”

The author, who cannot be named for legal reasons, also said she felt like ‘the world’s worst mum’ during the trial.

Forrest, now aged 31, was moved from Lewes Prison to Ashfield Prison, near Bristol, to avoid the girl visiting him.

However, after apparently receiving numerous letters from the schoolgirl, social services banned contact and moved Forrest to Dartmoor Prison, where he is currently.