A tearful Katie-Ann Boyle in a photo shared by her mum Charlotte Gunn
Charlotte Gunn, from Chaddesden, Derby, said she took the photo and shared it on Facebook to show how her daughter “can't handle the disruption” after teaching assistants organised five full-day walk-outs in two weeks.
The photo has now gone viral after being shared hundreds of times.
Mrs Gunn, mother of 14-year-old Katie-Ann Boyle, said teaching assistants are “the backbone of special needs schooling” and pleaded with Derby City Council to reconsider their cuts.
The mother-of-four said: "Katie-Ann has a range of complex special needs and thrives on routine.
Her daughter was in floods of tears because of a teacher's strike
"She loves school and the atmosphere and the effect of school, no school, school, no school is taking its toll.
Strikes don't just affect the school, this is my child's education
"I picked her up from school on Monday and she was in tears.
"She had got herself all worked up and kept saying she didn't understand."
Mrs Gunn said Katie-Ann 'can't handle the disruption'
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St Andrew's School, in Breadsall Hilltop, Derby, was closed on Tuesday 31 January and is closed again today.
There are also three full days of strikes planned for next week.
Mrs Gunn, 33, added: "I am in full support of the TAs as the job they do is so important.
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The photo has since gone viral
"Without the TAs, the many needs of our children can't be met as they are basically full-time carers.
"Strikes don't just affect the school, this is my child's education."
St Andrew's School and Derby City Council have been contacted for a comment.
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