Lifestyle

Suspension queried

SHE WANTS AN INVESTIGATION: Vicki Adams with her son Sean who has autism.
SHE WANTS AN INVESTIGATION: Vicki Adams with her son Sean who has autism. Geoff Potter

THE mother of a seven-year-old boy with autism has called for a full investigation into events leading up to his suspension from a Sunshine Coast school this week.

Vicki Adams' son Sean was suspended from Noosaville State School on Tuesday after he went into an autistic rage and allegedly became aggressive towards other children.

But Ms Adams, of Boreen Point, wants the school to rescind his suspension and wipe it from the record.

She said a system, which was supposed to manage her son's behaviour, failed and he had been unfairly punished.

"It's a process that went wrong and now Sean could be the victim, and I can't let that happen to him, and I can't let that happen to another family," she said.

Ms Adams said she was supposed to be notified of any significant changes in the classroom that could unsettle Sean but was not warned that his class had a substitute teacher on Tuesday.

And a carer who was supposed to be present in the classroom with Sean and another boy with Asperger's Syndrome was not there, she said.

Ms Adams said she had difficulties gleaning exactly what sparked Sean's troubles on Tuesday but was told that his behaviour escalated and he became aggressive towards other children.

She said Sean's behaviour never would have got out out of control had the agreed plan been followed.

The principal had refused to review his decision to suspend Sean and the school had "clammed up" on discussing the matter any further, she said.

Ms Adams has written to the Premier Campbell Newman and Federal Education Minister Peter Garrett, and plans to write to the state education minister, requesting a review of Sean's suspension and an investigation into the incident.

A statement from Education Queensland north coast regional director Greg Peach said the school took "appropriate disciplinary action to ensure the safety and welfare of all students" but could not comment further because of privacy concerns.

"It just makes them more angry. This is one of the worst things you can do to a kid on the spectrum," Barbara Cooke, co-founder of the Sunshine Coast Autism and Asperger's Network, said.

Professor Tony Attwood said suspension could not change an autistic's child behaviour.

Topics:  bullying, suspension



Storms on the way as damaging system crosses Ipswich

Reader photos from the thunderstorms of December 29, 2013.

Thunderstorm with high-speed winds predicted to hit this afternoon

Who says there are no killers in the river?

No Caption

Bull sharks plentiful in popular swimming locations

Emerge: Find out which raw Ipswich talent we've unearthed

TALENT: Ella Metherell is this week's featured artist in our Emerge series. Click on the QR codes below to hear her song and interview.

Ella Metherell unleashes her Evil Child this week

Local Partners

Cliff Richard to release 101st album

Sir Cliff Richard's album cover

Sir Cliff Richard is to release his 101st album

CMC Rocks faces fan backlash over date change, headliners

The 10th annual CMC Rocks festival will be headlined by The Dixie Chicks.

FANS are not happy about festival being pushed back by two weeks.

Kim Kardashian West attacked by man trying to kiss her bottom

Vitalii Sediuk targeted Gigi Hadid last week

Madonna poses naked in solidarity with Katy Perry

Madonna posted her own nude selfie on Instagram

Little Theatre playing big shows

Robyn Harm appears in the ILT production Cruise Missile

Ipswich Little Theatre presents the Deckchairs series

Carlos Santana added to Bluesfest 2017 line up

Carlos Santana at Bluesfest 2013.

Calling all local black magic women

$40million hotel, shops development project for Mackay

Mt Pleasant hotel and retirement accommodation, proposed at 194-202 Malcomson St.

$40m development to take Mackay to 'the next level'

Housing report points to a lift in local market

AFFORDABLE HOMES: First home buyers have the opportunity to purchase modern new homes in the Ipswich region for under $400,000.

Region shaping up as the "final frontier” for affordable housing

Five ways to slash household bills and save the environment

THINK GREEN: Considering the environment when building or buying your next home can save you big dollars. The Village Building Company, who is responsible for Woodlinks Village at Collingwood Park, builds homes with this front of mind.

THERE is nothing as sweet as slashing dollars from your bills.

Investors out-bid first-home buyers in booming market

Housing generic.

Ipswich's housing market is putting more cash into sellers’ pockets

Another Ripley development

THE ENTRANCE: An overview of the last planned development for the fast growing Ripley area.

85 more home lots released