School investigation after epileptic boy 'strapped to chair'
HERVEY Bay Special School is under investigation after the parents of a student claim their son was strapped into his seat to "stop him moving around the classroom."
Lynette Nolan and Cary White, the parents of 13-year-old Daniel White, told the Chronicle they made an unexpected visit to the school one afternoon and saw their son physically restrained with a car seatbelt.
"We were disgusted and very annoyed," Lynette said.
"Because of Daniel's rare type of epilepsy, if he had a seizure in that chair it would have fallen over."
Daniel lives with Lennox-Gastaut syndrome, and has severe speech and learning disabilities because of his condition.
Daniel's father Cary said it was up to the school to know how to take care of every child and their needs.
"I've been told by a teacher's aid that some kids get a lot of care, while some get none," Cary said.
At the beginning of the year, Daniel was air-lifted to the Royal Children's Hospital with severe pneumonia and was put in an induced coma.
"We tried to tell the principal that they needed to keep sick children at home because Daniel couldn't fight off all the germs like the other students but the principal said they couldn't do that, so we finally pulled him out of the school."
Daniel has been home-schooled by his parents since January this year.
"The only other special school is Maryborough and Daniel's too far away," Lyn said.
A spokesman from the Department of Education and Training (DETE) told the Chronicle a review into the Special School's practices had begun, and the department was providing support to the school during the process.
"The Director-General of the Department has been in contact with Regional Directors across the state and asked them to ensure schools have appropriate plans in place for students with complex needs," the spokesman said.
"The Queensland Government is committed to ensuring our schools are appropriately resourced."
Is a type of epilepsy that causes particularly tonic (stiffening) and atonic (drop) seizures.