More than 20 parents protested outside a Chaoyang district primary school Thursday morning, alleging that a 10-year-old autistic boy is disrupting their children's classes and poses a danger to himself and other pupils.
The parents demonstrated outside Shiji Primary School, affiliated to Beijing Fangcaodi International School Thursday, with banners and notices on their cars, which read "give me back class order" and "give me back personal safety," according to a photo provided by a parent.
They are calling for the boy, surnamed Song, to be removed from his grade four class, and have kept some 30 students home from school since Wednesday.
The boy's mother, Liu Dong, told the Global Times Thursday that as her son is not seriously autistic, she hopes he could stay in mainstream school.
Since the start of the new semester, Song has disturbed class order by crying loudly, and has twice thrown chairs across the classroom, said the father of one of the other pupils Thursday, who asked that his name not be used.
About 30 parents attended a meeting held by the school Wednesday to discuss how to deal with the autistic boy, he said.
The mother of a 9-year-old boy, who also did not want to be named, said they have sympathy for Song and his parents, and do not want to deprive him of his right to education.
"We just hope the boy could leave the class, and the school could run a special class for him," she said.
According to the mother, school management admitted at the meeting that the class has security risks and are willing to listen to any suggestions from parents; however, management also said any measures taken need agreement from Song's parents.
"Song's father refused to remove his son from the school, therefore, no agreement was reached," she claimed, adding that the one-hour protest this morning aims to push the school to give a quick response.
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