Autistic children put in cage
A SCHOOL that pens children with autism in a fenced area may be breaching human rights.
Parents with children at Seven Hills West Public School are angry that pupils with special needs are placed inside a fenced enclosure that has one tree, a bench and a dirt floor.
But the NSW Department of Education has defended the enclosure, saying it is used for new students with disabilities if they require more intense supervision while they adjust to school.
The school has 52 students with special needs.
(News.com.au. March 11, 2010.)
Autistic children placed in 'pen' during school playtime
The New South Wales (NSW) education department confirmed that students with special needs at Seven Hills West Public School were put into a fenced off area while other students spent their breaks in a larger playground.
The pen was reported to have just one tree, one bench and no grass.
The NSW opposition Liberal Party said separating autistic children was inhumane and "outrageous".
(The Daily Telegraph. March 11, 2010.)