Boy Must Wear Helmet And Visor On Bus, School Says
By Dave Reynolds, Inclusion Daily Express
January 12, 2004
MONTREAL, QUEBEC--Since this school year began, 12-year-old Michael Jarry has missed more than three months of class.
The New Frontiers School Board is refusing to bus Michael, who has autism, unless he wears a helmet with a plastic visor.
Officials at Peter Hall School, a specialized school for children with disabilities, have suspended Michael three times for hitting a bus monitor and yelling at other students on the bus. The officials say they want him to wear the visor because he spits.
Michael's mother, Sandra Luce, said that she is furious and has appealed to the school board. She said the helmet and visor may be appropriate for a serial killer, but not her son.
"I will not have Michael transported like he is Hannibal Lector," she said. "Michael's not an animal and he won't be treated like one."
Luce wants the school to figure out why Michael misbehaves on the bus.
An expert who visited Michael outside the school on two separate occasions said the boy was not aggressive either time.