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Parents Protest Handling of Special Needs Student Condition
A group of three people gathered at the corner of Ferry Avenue and Highway 16 today, letting people know how children with disabilities have been treated in the School District 57. Parent Melanie Hanson, whose seven year old son has Sensory Processing Disorder and anxiety, has been banned from school because of his symptoms.
"The school has taken years to provide him support, and resulted him being restrained by four professionals at the school for an hour and twenty minutes," says Hanson, "with no contact from us and now he has been labelled a violent threat in the school system."
Hanson says she hopes other parents who have had similar incidents will join them in raising awareness
School District 57 Superintendent Brian Pepper says while he can not comment on this particular incident, there are many steps in place to help all special needs students.
"At other times we have other school district staff who will help us with assessment and there's a clearly defined process with the Ministry of Education in terms of funding and expectations around meeting individual learning needs."
Pepper says School District 57 also has many protocols in place to address special need student behaviour in schools.
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