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‘Last resort’ move came after special-needs student struck educational assistant, teacher
Ivan Hooper, 12, held a protest with his mom, Julie Johnson at Corktown Park over his suspension from Queen Victoria School. He has autism and hit an EA after an outburst last Wednesday. - Gary Yokoyama,The Hamilton Spectator
Ivan Hooper has a bird's-eye view of kids playing in the yard of his Hamilton elementary school.
He's in his mom's highrise condo, but not in Queen Victoria Elementary.
The 12-year-old is serving a five-day suspension for slapping an educational assistant in the face and punching a teacher in the shoulder last week.
Ivan isn't your average student. He has autism, obsessive compulsive disorder and Tourette's syndrome.
That's why his mom argues Ivan's five-day suspension is unfair. "You can't discipline autism out of a child," Julie Johnson said Monday.
Public board education director Manny Figueiredo said suspending special-needs students isn't...