A 'severely autistic' nine-year-old was able to escape his primary school and run home by crawling under a gate, his 'furious' parents have claimed.It's a school, not a jail.
His parents were left so angry they pulled both their children from the school immediately, saying they no longer felt they were safe.But presumably only one is autistic?
They also said they had highlighted the potential problem with the gate only last week when Jack made an attempt to get out that way but their concerns were ignored.What was the school supposed to do, post a guard? The child supposedly has a 'one to one' assistant. What were they doing?
He added that episodes where Jack tries to escape happen more than once a week, and can be dangerous as his autism means he is very trusting of strangers and can "freak out" and desperately try to get away from something he's scared of, such as loud noises, putting himself at risk.It's looking like this kid doesn't belong in a mainstream school. But that's not going to be accepted. Inclusion is the way, and no-one should demand otherwise!
She said that Jack was diagnosed with severe autism in April last year and ADHD around Christmas but has stayed in mainstream schooling.
However, his parents will now be looking to get him in to a specialised school and his six-year-old sister, Megan-Jayne, a place somewhere else.It should have been the place that was first choice. But it cannot be, thanks to the campaigners that insist that mainstream schooling is best for these children.