A SCHOOL has sparked outrage after moving an autistic boy’s desk into the TOILET because he “struggles with noises”.
Lucas Goodwin, 11, was forced to sit in the bathroom after teachers were asked to provide him with a quiet learning environment.
Lucas Goodwin was forced to sit in the toilet at his school after teachers were asked to find him a quiet learning space[/caption]
Danielle Goodwin with her son Lucas, who was given a desk in his school bathroom[/caption]
But mum Danielle was left horrified after learning her son was made to sit at a desk placed in front of the classroom toilet.
The Whatcom Middle School sixth grader was even given a padded mat to lay on the bathroom floor when it was nap time.
Fuming Danielle, of Bellingham, Washington, told Q13 news: “The teacher informed us that he would be studying in the bathroom.
“And a napping mat, so he was expected to use that mat to sleep on the bathroom floor.
“We were trying to find a quieter place for him to work.
“Great that they removed the desk – but that doesn’t help my son’s self-esteem, his embarrassment.”
I thought this was going to be where I was for the rest of the year
Lucas was left shaken by the ordeal, adding: “I thought this was going to be where I was for the rest of the year.”
School bosses said they were unable to come up with an alternative quiet area to place Lucas – forcing his mum to remove him from class.
Worried Danielle is now waiting to hear back from Bellingham School District about enrolling him in a new school.
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A district spokesman said: “We are continuing to look into this, but at this time, it appears that the restroom was set up as a possible separate quiet learning space, but no student was placed in there.
“The desk has been removed, and staff at the school are aware that the space should not be used for that purpose in the future.
“While we aren’t able to share specific details about our students, we can tell you that keeping our students safe and engaged in learning are our top priorities.”
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