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August 1, 2015

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letter to the editor:

Right situation for special-needs kids

Paul Takahashi’s article, “Special-needs student’s classroom outbursts led classmate’s parents to seek restraining order,” detailed the fact that if a special-needs child cannot function in a regular classroom setting without verbally and physically abusing other students or teachers, they do not belong there.

Battery against another person is a crime no matter how you look at it.

No child should be afraid to go to school because they are being injured by someone. When children are subject to seeing a classmate and their teacher threatened and harmed, it directly impacts their learning.

The people behind the movement to judge teachers by the testing scores of their students have no idea what tremendous forces are working against learning in classrooms such as this one all across our nation.

The CCSD has a remarkable department geared to providing the best educational setting for special-needs students. They have the capability to do so.

We need to let them do that without requiring them to provide inclusion in cases such as this. Special-needs children and their families face so many obstacles in life.

Let us make the right decision so that they will never be faced with the circumstances wherein their child uses their fists or a pair of scissors and seriously injures another.

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