Mum’s outrage as son, 8, kicked out of school for being ‘danger’ to pupils

A mum is furious with her son's school after it expelled her eight-year-old boy for supposedly being a 'danger' to teachers and pupils.

Sarah Lowden, from Hull, in East Yorkshire, was told that her son, Kieron, would not be allowed to return to his school yesterday because of his behaviour.

But Mrs Lowden believes her son, who was excluded eight times prior to his expulsion, could have attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and said he needs extra support to help him concentrate in class.

The mum-of-three added that the Year 4 pupil has been out of mainstream classes since December 2018 – and has now been permanently excluded from Oldfleet Primary School for 'dangerous behaviour' and 'not settling into classes'.

The 30-year-old told Hull Live: “He has shown different traits of ADHD and he hasn’t really settled in at school.

“The school started making us go to meetings about his behaviour and I put in a referral to CAMHS (Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services) but I need to do an assessment to get a diagnosis.

“He has been out of the classroom since December 2018 and he’s just had one-to-ones with a teaching assistant. As soon as his behaviour is a little bit erratic he is sent home and excluded.

“The school have said they can’t cope so he has gone to the PRU for three days a week and when he comes home from there he has been more calm and relaxed.

“But now he has been permanently excluded and they’ve said it’s due to dangerous behaviour, not going in classes and not settling down.

“Kieron was apparently violent towards a member of staff but when I spoke to my son he said they were trying to restrain him so obviously he’s going to try and move out of the way.”

Mrs Lowden now hopes the PRU will take on Kieron for the rest of the week and she says she regrets ever enrolling him at Oldfleet Primary School.

She is worried about the effect an expulsion will have on her son throughout the rest of his childhood and she admits it has put a strain on the family.

The mother said: “I’m not very happy. I need support for my son and it doesn’t look good on the school or the education system.

“They need to work with children instead of getting rid of them. They used to ring me all the time and say for instance ‘he is running around the playground’. Surely a school should be making sure he is safe and in class?

“I’m hoping I can get him in at the PRU for the other two days of the week but it depends whether they can and there is the financial cost too of getting him there.

“Kieron doesn’t really understand what’s gone on but he knows he can’t go back to that school. I’m worried because I keep thinking ‘what school will take him on if he has already been expelled at the age of eight?’

“This has put a strain on us as a family and it will affect not just Kieron but the whole household.”

A spokeswoman for Hull City Council said: “We are unable to comment on individual cases. There are appeals processes in place for any disputed exclusions.”

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