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I know a few people with autism, and we even have a teenage girl in our church that has Asperger's Syndrome. My mom has worked with mentally disabled adults for a long time, many with forms of autism. Just because a person has a mental disability, it does not excuse them from behaving correctly. The school had every right, especially if other children which they were responsible for were in danger, to request that something be done about this boy's behavior. They weren't saying he could never come back. They were just saying that they wanted the parents to do something about his behavior. Even if the parents didn't want to take him to a pschologist, I am sure the school would have come up with another plan, as long as his behavior was altered. This school didn't have to allow this boy to play there anyway since he as homeschooled, and he technically was not the responsibility of the teachers. I can totally understand the parents wanting to socialize their child, but I think they should have been present on the playground to monitor him as well. After all, being homeschooled, he is their responsibility. I think the lawsuit is uncalled for in this situation. They weren't saying he couldn't come to the playground because he had Asperger's Syndrome, they were saying he couldn't cme because he displayed behaviors which were threatening to the security of the other children, teachers, and the school. I don't blame them for wanting his behavior modified before he came back. Any person who works with developmentally handicapped people will tell you that the most important thing you can do is behvior modification. I think these parents just have a hard time admitting that the problem really does lie with their son. I can't blame them though. Our natural instinct is to defend our children. I realize that there is a major prejudice against and a lot of discrimination toward developmentally delayed people. I've seen it, but I just can't side with these parents in this set of cirumstances. JMO
__________________ wife to my wonderful husband David since 6/29/02 and mommy to Isabel Jacqueline born 12/31/04
While I was reading it the only thing I kept thinking was where are the parents, and why were teachers trying to discipline the child? He is being homeschooled right? If one of the parents were there there shouldn't have been any problems b/c they would be able to prevent it.