School district won’t allow girl with autism to wear GPS tracker in class

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BAKERSFIELD, Calif. – A California mother says she is in constant fear.

“We don’t sleep much. And it has effected our relationships, our ability to go out into the community. We are always exhausted and constantly living in a state of fear,” Darcy Cotton told KBAK.

Cotton says she even sleeps on the couch to make sure that her 6-year-old daughter, Jaden, doesn’t wander.

Jaden was diagnosed with autism and Cotton says she requires almost 24 hour monitoring.

Eventually, she found a tracking device that sits on a child’s waist and cannot be removed without a key.

Cotton says she wants Jaden to wear the device at all times, including while she attends Shirley Lane Elementary.

However, the district says it will not allow Jaden to wear the belt.

Michael Coleman, the superintendent of the Fairfax School District, said it could be a privacy issue for students and staff.

“It really goes into the general population as a parent want. And as close as we can get into it right now, it would be like allowing students to come with smart devices that are on and used during the day and our policy does not allow that,” Coleman said.

Coleman says he plans to have a meeting with Cotton to talk about what can be done for Jaden.

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