Boy with sensory condition who did not go to school for a year because he was not allowed to wear a polo shirt to move schools in September

Maldon and Burnham Standard: Sean in the uniform he will wear at his new school Sean in the uniform he will wear at his new school

A boy with a medical condition that makes wearing a shirt uncomfortable has been out of school for a year because he was not allowed to wear a polo shirt.

Carina O’Mahoney decided to take Sean, 12, out of Ormiston Rivers Academy in Burnham last July because he was told he would have to wear a T-shirt underneath a short-sleeved school shirt.

He has sensory impairment, dyspraxia, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and is on the autism spectrum, and had previously worn a polo shirt at primary school.

A doctor had asked Ormiston Rivers if he could be exempt from wearing a shirt because certain materials against his skin can be extremely irritating, which then affects his behaviour.

In the last few weeks, Sean has been given a place at Castledon School in Wickford, which caters for children with special educational needs, from September. He will be allowed to wear a polo shirt.

* Full story in tomorrow's Standard.

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5:26pm Wed 2 Jul 14

FamouSam says...

Someone should go to jail for this. The kid spent 12 months out of school because he wasn't allowed to wear a polo shirt and refused to wear a vest?

The teacher and the parents fail to reach an agreement over a trivial matter (the clothing not the medical condition) and the kid gets to spend 12 months on the sofa.

What is going on?
Someone should go to jail for this. The kid spent 12 months out of school because he wasn't allowed to wear a polo shirt and refused to wear a vest? The teacher and the parents fail to reach an agreement over a trivial matter (the clothing not the medical condition) and the kid gets to spend 12 months on the sofa. What is going on? FamouSam
  • Score: 1

9:55pm Wed 2 Jul 14

Jack222 says...

The parent withdrew the child; one suspects there is more to this story than this simplistic summary.
The parent withdrew the child; one suspects there is more to this story than this simplistic summary. Jack222
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