Bizarre reasons mum claims her son, 11, was expelled from school
An 11-year-old boy was expelled from his school after tapping his pen on his desk and making silly noises, his mother claims.
Candice Haines, 33, said she has been left ‘disgusted’ after her son Casey was permanently excluded from The Oaks Primary School in Birmingham.
The school denied Ms Haines’ claims for why he was removed from the classroom but insisted it had "no choice" but to exclude him, Birmingham Mail reports.
A spokesperson for The Oaks Primary School said: "Any exclusion is always a last resort.
"The school has a clear policy on behaviour and in this case we were left with no choice but to permanently exclude the pupil in question."
Ms Haines said her son was told to stay away from school in January and that pupil referral units for children who had been excluded were full.
She claimed Casey was sent home with enough work for five days and that Birmingham City Council had not provided any further homework since.
Mirror Online have approached the council for comment.
Ms Haines admitted her son had been "disruptive" in the classroom but suggested his behaviour may be the result of a form of autism which is yet to be diagnosed.
She slammed the school for taking action against her son and for efforts to continue his education following his expulsion.
Ms Haines said: "It’s disgusting that we’ve just been left for four months without a replacement school.
"I understand that tapping a pen and humming noises might be annoying for other pupils but it does not warrant being excluded.
"Casey has been spending his time cleaning around the house and gardening, he is desperate to go back to school."
Ms Haines is convinced Casey has ASD – Autistic Spectrum Disorder – and is currently waiting for him to undergo tests so he can be diagnosed.
She added: "He’s golden at home but I think he definitely has a form of autism which is why he has been disruptive in class.
"Our local authorities are more than aware of our situation as I call them on a daily basis, I just want Casey to have some homework so we can ensure he doesn’t miss out on any vital work.
"He is already missing out on his Key Stage 2 Year 6 SATs exams.
"Luckily Casey does have a secondary school place lined up for September, I’m hoping they’ll allow him to start earlier so he doesn’t feel behind after all these months off.
"I even took his exclusion to an independent review panel and they decided that the school should reconsider their decision to permanently exclude Casey but nothing has been done."
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