Boys treated in shoddy manner
1:30pm Wednesday 18th December 2013 in Letters
REFERRING to the article published last week regarding the autism unit at Brynglas.
It is clear that, even if the situation has been resolved, the boys and their parents have been treated in the shoddiest of manners with the heads of both schools behaving in a manner that displays utter contempt for their opinions. On two occasions the parents of more than half the boys in the unit have written requesting that the boys have access to the canteen. Your article refers not once, but twice, to parents being happy with the status quo. Have they any written evidence to this effect? Even if this is the case this does not make the situation of children being forced to eat their dinners at their desks acceptable.
If the powers that be genuinely believe this then the solution is simple. Close the canteens at Maes Ebbw’s sites and at Bro Teyrnon and make all children eat at their desks. After all, if this arrangement is appropriate for boys with extensive learning disabilities it should be much easier for those more able children to accept this. If the canteens are not closed and the boys continue to eat at their workstations then surely there must be a case for investigating a breach of the Equality Act 2010.
Anil Karhadkar, Damien Lane, Angela Nzeyimana, Stephen Perry, Razaq Shakir Newport
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