Mom: School Stripped, Showered, Humiliated Son
By Dave Reynolds, Inclusion Daily Express
March 13, 2006
WHITLEY BAY, ENGLAND--The mother of a 14-year-old student with cerebral palsy is facing legal action for refusing to send him back to his school five months after staff stripped and showered him and his wheelchair.
According to Friday's BBC News, the head of Woodlawn Special School has apologized to the family, even though an investigation found staff had acted correctly when they stripped and washed the boy -- whom they said smelled of urine -- just 15 minutes after he arrived at school.
The unnamed mother said her son was traumatized by the event last October.
"What was really distressing for my son was they put his wheelchair into the shower," she said. "Anyone else with a child with special needs will know that is just not the thing to do. That is his space and his world and he controls what goes on there."
"When he came home and I asked him what had happened he was absolutely sobbing his heart out," she added. "He said he had been humiliated."
The mother's request that her son be transferred to a different school has been rejected.
Her refusal to send the boy back to school reportedly violates the 1996 Education Act.
"Row as pupil stripped and washed" (BBC News)