THE mum of a nine-year-old autistic boy has said she has decided to keep him away from school in a row over his behaviour.
Victoria Rascinski claimed Kingshurst Primary School, who have given her son, Andrejus, 14 temporary exclusions last year, have failed to offer the necessary support required to deal with a child with autism.
“It’s heart breaking to be honest,” said Victoria, aged 31, who runs Sweety-licious party supplies.
“He used to be such a popular little boy. Now he’s got no interest in his friends, or anything else anymore.
“He’s a good kid if he’s handled in the right way.
“Just before the six week holiday, he tried to commit suicide several times.
“But he’s been a lot happier since his diagnosis and now he’s not at the school anymore.
“Since he’s not been in that school I can breathe again. He’s like a different child.”
The school says Andrejus is welcome to go back but Victoria argues her son, who has helped raise thousands for charity performing as an Elvis impersonator, doesn’t want to.
“He feels like he is being victimised,” she said. “He hasn’t been allowed to go on school trips.
“He has been diagnosed as having autism and I admit there have been incidents where his behaviour has been particularly challenging. But in my opinion the school haven’t dealt with it well or offered the support required to cope with a child who has special needs like Andrejus.
“As a school they feel they’ve done everything they possibly could for him.
“But we know they haven’t done enough.”
Andrejus has now been assessed as having high needs and the long process to apply for a special school place has been started.
Anne Edkins, headteacher of Kingshurst Primary School, said: “We do not comment about the circumstances of individual children. No pupils are or have ever been permanently excluded from the school. In cases such as these there is a statutory process that must be followed in order to make a proper assessment of a child’s needs, but in the meantime, the school will always work tirelessly to give children and their families the highest level of support possible for example by providing flexible timetables and learning mentors, whilst also being mindful of the duty of care we have to other pupils and staff.”