Reverse the Expulsion of Matthew Draper at Summerhill Primary School
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As I write this, my 10 Year old Son Matthew, who suffers with ADHD&ODD, and is now in 5th class and should be preparing for secondary school, has been suspended for the last 2 weeks and is now due to be Expelled from Summerhill Primary School Athlone. The Board of Management are of the opinion that Summerhill is no longer a suitable placement for Matthew and no longer has, or is able to access the required resources to provide Matthew with a safe and suitable education. This I cannot agree with as Matthew has been in this school since 2012 and has come along leaps and bounds. Despite Matthew making huge progress over the last couple of Months he is not the child this school is making him out to be. He is a Beautiful 10 Year old boy fighting a condition he was born with and he should be supported, not expelled. More importantly he is my Son and as a Parent I have to do everything in my power to make sure he gets his education just like everychild is entitled to. In this current time we cannot exclude children who have issues that are beyond their control.
In moving to expel Matthew, the school is going against the professional advice of the child psychiatrist and the occupational therapist dealing with the case. I am asking for the Minister for Education to Intervene and reverse this expulsion
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