OPINION: Cage use reveals a Dark Ages attitude

OPINION: Last week Autism Awareness Day was celebrated.

On the same day, however, a cage-like structure was discovered in a Canberra school, apparently built to "accommodate" an autistic student.

It makes one shudder that such a device would be discovered on a day meant to shed light on the condition.

The cage was 2m wide, made of pool fencing and apparently a range of different people - educators, apparently - made the decision this device was appropriate in a classroom.

In this supposedly enlightened time, surely such a cage wouldn't be appropriate anywhere, let alone in a classroom.

Education department officials have launched an investigation following a complaint to the Australian Human Rights Commission.

The principal of this school has been suspended.

It will be nice to see everyone involved in this particular "project" removed from any involvement in the education system if this is found to be accurate.

We no longer live in the Dark Ages, but some of society's beliefs, especially regarding people who have disabilities or mental health issues, seem to come straight from that period.

We need those attitudes and beliefs to change very quickly.

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