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Braintree: Mum told "leave special needs child locked in car"
11:00am Monday 30th September 2013 in News
A mum claims she was told to leave her son, who has numerous special needs, locked in a car while she dropped her other two children at school.
Vicky Pritchard, 38, alleges she that she was given the “advice” when ringing to complain about changes to the school transport, which means she is struggling to get Rhys, 6, Connor, 5, and Megan,4, to lessons on time.
She claims it was also suggested that the younger two could walk to school by themselves.
Rhys has chromosome 13q deletion which gives him the mental and physical abilities of a three to four-year-old, has no safety or danger awareness, and causes him to suffer from severe reflux.
He goes to Edith Borthwick School in Bocking while his siblings go to Beckers Green Primary School, near the family home.
Mrs Pritchard claims it is not feasible to try and cross the busy road near the school with all three children and then put Rhys back in the car to take him to Edith Borthwick.
Within the last few weeks Rhys had began using the school transport service, which picked him up at 8.30am, was useful as dad Garyth works shifts.
But Mrs Pritchard claims they were last week told by the taxi firm that the time was changing to 8.50am to suit the needs of the driver.
Mrs Pritchard said: “I couldn’t believe the comments from Essex County Council."
See this week's Times for the full story.
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