High school parents keeping special needs kids home in fear of their safety

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OKLAHOMA CITY - A group of parents say they're terrified to send their children to school, because another student is putting their kids in danger.

But Putnam City North High School is in a tight spot, because the class is for special needs children.

"[my daughter] asked...daddy, I don't get stabbed tomorrow right?," said Robert Miller, parent. "From a dad's point, that's hard to take."

It's been almost two weeks since Robert's daughter's class was cleared out, after one of her classmates allegedly lost control.

"There was a student who became uncooperative and defiant," said Steve Lindley, Communications Director for Putnam City Schools. "At one point, he lifted scissors into the air, and did not put them down when asked."

"My child's the slowest person, so they had to go back in and get her out which was really terrifying," said home room mom Robin Fox, who watched the incident unfold.

Campus police intervened, and this wasn't the first time. A police report filed in August shows the student struck both the teacher, and an officer with a metal rod.

Now parents are demanding change.

"No child should be afraid to go to school," said Fox. "We shouldn't have to be worried whether our kid's gonna come home or not."

Problem is, special needs children are required to have Individualized Education Programs, or IEP's. Those IEP's are agreed upon by both parents and school officials, and changing them takes time.

"All members of the IEP team have to agree to whatever changes are made," said Lindley.

"The law is flawed," said Fox. "So [schools] have to follow those protocols and these procedures."

But as long as the student is in their kid's classroom, a silent protest carries on.

According to Robert Miller, approximately eight kids will sit out of the class starting Friday. On average the class has 13 kids in attendance.


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