Boy who was told to take off hearing aid to look smart for school
|A six-year-old boy was left “embarrassed and upset” when his school made him take off his hearing aid so he would look “smart” for his school photo.When the boy’s mother found out when her son brought home the school photo and she immediately complained to the school. Her son, who has severe hearing loss in both ears, was being singled out because of his disability.
The mother then reflected on the incident afterwards: “He said he was [now] embarrassed to wear it in front of his classmates and he never had been before. Then when his pictures came he wasn’t wearing it in them and he told me the school told him to take it off for the photo so he would look smart. I phoned the school and spoke to the special educational needs officer who said they made a decision that I would want his aid off for the photograph.”
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