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Tuesday, 15 August, 2017

Worker says autistic son should stay home on sports day – Daily Mail

A school worker asked a father to keep his seven-year-old autistic son at home on sports day to avoid ‘causing a scene’.

Mark Birchall, 28, said a classroom support worker approached him in the playground at Banks Road Primary School in Garston, Liverpool, and said it might be wise to exclude his son, Jacob.

He claims his son, who has Asperger syndrome, ‘cried his eyes out’ after he broke the news about missing the event.

The headmistress apologised over the ‘inappropriate suggestion’ and said the school – rated ‘good’ by Ofsted – tries to ensure all children can take part.

Mr Birchall, of Speke, Liverpool, claimed the staff member told him earlier this month that Jacob would be extremely upset if he lost, and could ’cause a scene’ at the sports day on July 18.

He acknowledged that his son, a Year 2 pupil, might have struggled because of his Asperger’s syndrome – but said it was wrong to suggest excluding him.

He said: ‘It was disgusting to single him out. It is excluding him, which is exactly what you are supposed not to do with children with special needs.

Read more at: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4713910/Worker-says-autistic-son-home-sports-day.html

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