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12-Year-Old Down Syndrome Boy Denied Admission to District School in New York, USA

by Reshma Anand on  September 2, 2015 at 3:02 PM Child Health News   - G J E 4
Christian Killoran, father of the boy is filing a federal suit over the denial of admission by the Westhampton Beach School District on Long Island in New York.
12-Year-Old Down Syndrome Boy Denied Admission to District School in New York, USA
12-Year-Old Down Syndrome Boy Denied Admission to District School in New York, USA
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Aiden has finished his elementary school graduation at Remsenburg-Speonk Elementary School. When his father inquired about his higher education, the school didn't gave a straight answer to him. The school is not ready to move the boy to the seventh grade.

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"I believe it's administrative expedience. They don't want the hassle of dealing with a student with special needs," said Killoran.

District officials said the boy could repeat the sixth grade at that school, but Killoran took them to court instead of taking their offer.

"Westhampton Beach simply does not want any severely impaired children. They never -- in their history -- had to educate a student with special needs," he said.

The residents of the district supported the father's plea and they have planned for a protest against the school.

Superintendent of Remsenburg, Michael R. Radday Suzanne Mensch, criticized the Killoran's "repeated public effort to bully" the district and said that the district of 1,800 students only offers the special programming in elementary school.

"A resolution had been reached that did not involve Westhampton Beach and that the child would be attending Remsenburg-Speonk for the 2015-16 school year. Why would the Killorans willingly enter into such an agreement with Remsenburg-Speonk and then threaten legal action about the placement they agreed to," stated the letter.

But the killorans added that they have not agreed to any such agreement made by the Remsenburg school.

Source: Medindia
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