School Apologise After Autistic Boy Has Note Taped to Chest by Teacher

David Hawkes

David Hawkes

Bradford, UK, Home Farm Primary School – David Hawkes, 11, who has autism was sent home with a letter taped to his chest.

David’s mum Shelley told the Telegraph & Argus that her son was publicly humiliated when a teacher from the school used sticky tape to fix the letter to his jumper.

David had forgotten to take home a permission slip for a school trip and said jokingly to his teacher,

“Why don’t you stick it on me and I’ll remember it.”

The teacher then stood him in front of the class and he was made to hold the note in place while the teacher and pupils wound tape around him.

Shelley said that all the children were laughing at him. She then continues:

“They humiliated him in front of his classmates. He’s a vulnerable child.”

They used half a roll of tape to secure the note.

Shelley sent a photograph of David with the note taped to him to head teacher, John MacDonald and demanded an explanation. She said he responded by saying:

“I feel sick looking at it. I can’t offer you any explanation.”

In a statement Mr MacDonald said:

“We apologised and worked closely with the family to assure them it would never happen again.”

Bradford Council held an inquiry but the findings have not been shared with the family. Mr MacDonald said new processes had been put in place at the school to prevent it happening again.

“The safety of all children at Home Farm Primary School is of paramount importance to us,”

The original article by Rhys Thomas in the Telegraph & Argus can be read here