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Thursday, 17 August, 2017

Primary school apologises for suggesting seven-year-old boy with Aspergers might ’cause a scene’ at sports day – The Independent

A young boy with Asperger syndrome “cried his eyes out” after being told he would not take part in a school sports day.

Mark Birchall, of Liverpool, claimed a school worker suggested he keep his son Jacob, seven, away for the day as it was feared he might “cause a scene”.

It is understood a support worker for Jacob told Mr Birchall he could keep his son away from the 18 July event if he had any concerns about him taking part.

The headteacher of Banks Road Primary School, in Garston, has now apologised for the “inappropriate suggestion”.

Asperger syndrome is a autism-spectrum developmental disability that can vary in severity.

Mr Birchall, 28, told the Liverpool Echo: “It is excluding him, which is exactly what you are supposed not to do with children with special needs.

“Even if he didn’t take part, he could have handed out medals or been a referee.”

Read more at: http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/primary-school-aspergers-sports-day-seven-year-old-cause-scene-mark-birchall-jacob-garston-banks-a7850491.html

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