The exclusion of an autistic boy after he hit a teaching assistant with a ruler, punched her and pulled her hair, was unlawful, a court has ruled.
Excluded permanently? Well, no.
Following the incident in February 2016, the child, known only as “L”, was given a one-and-half day exclusion.
But a judge in the Upper Tribunal has ruled that “aggressive behaviour is not a choice for children with autism“.
So they should be able to assault people without sanction?
Campaigners say the ruling will have a major impact on future generations of children on the autism spectrum.
A major impact on future generations full stop!
Judge Rowley said that… “In that context, to my mind it is repugnant to define as ‘criminal or anti-social‘ the effect of the behaviour of children whose condition (through no fault of their own) manifests itself in particular ways so as to justify treating them differently from children whose condition has other manifestations.“
It’s like we are hellbent on our own destruction in the West…
L’s parents said they were “both delighted by this ruling”.
“We have always believed passionately that our son and other children in his position should have equal rights to be able to go to school and receive the support they need to achieve the best possible outcomes.
“L’s autism means that he will grow up in a world where he will face challenges and adversity throughout his life. School should be somewhere he can go without fear of discrimination or exclusion for actions which he has no control over.
“Knowing that one of the key rules that prevented that has now been found to be unlawful is of great comfort to us, and we hope, many other families.”
Probably not the families that will be at increasing risk of children who can do whatever they like without fear of any consequences…
Melanie Field, executive director at the Equality and Human Rights Commission, said: “We funded this case as we were concerned that children whose disability can result in them being more likely to be aggressive were being unfairly denied access to education.
“We are delighted with this judgement, which will require schools to make reasonable adjustments to try to prevent or manage challenging behaviour and justify that any exclusion in these circumstances is proportionate.”
How long before people decline to work in this area of education? Then no-one will get an education.