"Horrified" Parents Say Son Was Taught In Storage Closet
By Dave Reynolds, Inclusion Daily Express
April 14, 2006
KIRKCUDBRIGHT, SCOTLAND--The parents of a 10-year-old boy say they were "shocked and horrified" after learning that their son, who has autism, has been taught in a school storage closet for the last seven months.
Several news sources reported that Oliver McCleary's parents, Tracy and Kevin, learned from a school diary that -- because of his "behavior outbursts" -- their son has been receiving his lessons in the 4-foot by 12-foot closet since last August.
Oliver's mother said she had seen references to a "resource room", but learned that it was full of shelves of supplies that the boy could use to hurt himself.
Local education officials said that a £50,000 ($87,600 US) portable classroom had been purchased for the boy, but it was not being used because special "safety furniture" had not yet been installed.
The Disability Rights Commission in Scotland is looking into the case.
"This is a shocking situation and on the face of it a breach of the Disability and Discrimination Act 1995," said Chris Oswald, DRC Head of Policy and Communications. "The law requires educational authorities to treat disabled children equally and to make reasonable arrangements to enable them to participate fully in education."
"Oliver, 10 Taught For 7 Months In School Cupboard" (Daily Record)