Christian Farrington is seven years old, and has an IQ of 168. But according to Cambridgeshire Council in Great Britain he requires a special education because of his Autism.
Christian could read a book aloud when he was 18 months old, and has the intellect and ability of a child of 15, but has high functioning Autism, which means that he lacks the ability to interact in Social situations.
His mother, 25 year old Gabrielle Pakpourtabrizi, from Ely in Cambridgeshire is understandably outraged. Speaking to the Daily Mail she said:
“Taking him out of the school he loves and putting him in a special needs school will pull the carpet from underneath him and completely ruin him.
“He has surpassed everyone’s expectations and no child deserves to be taken away from a school that is working for them.”
His abilities were first noticed by Ms Pakpourtabrizi when at 18 months old he picked up a book from his doctors surgery waiting room and started to recite it. He has been a pupil of Ely St John’s Community Primary School since he started school at the age of five. Ms Pakpourtabrizi claims that removing her son now, would cause a detrimental effect on Christian as he is both familiar and happy with his surroundings.
” The only reason they’re doing this is to save money as they don’t want to have to pay to support Christian as he progresses through mainstream school. What he’s achieving at his current primary school is priceless. He will not be intellectually stimulated there (at a special school). I will be willing to back a change, but only if it is the correct one for my son.”
Ms Pakpourtabrizi has initiated Tribunal proceedings against the County, and a direct appeal to their Special Educational Needs Department. The tribunal will decide if Christian should be moved to a new school or not.
There is an independent school 50 miles away from the parental home, but this is a residential school, which deals in cognitive and behavioural therapy for children with all kinds of special needs. Ms Pakpoutabrizi has decided not to send Christian there.
A spokesperson for the Council said:
“It is agreed that Christian requires specialist provision. The county council has identified an independent special school in the county which can meet his needs, but his parents have not accepted this.”