Abuse and discrimination in school form Hunedoara County

Abuse and discrimination in school form Hunedoara County

A young boy of 7 years old and his mother from Hunedoara County are the victims of a continuous and targeted pressure aimed at convincing the mother to withdraw his child from the school due to the fact that he was born with Down Syndrome.

The teachers and the management of the school make use of all the intimidation methods so that the mother eventually withdraws the Down Syndrome boy from the First elementary class where he studies: they send him home before the ending of the school program, encourage the negative attitude of the other parents against the boy and his mother, threaten the mother, do not integrate the child within the curricular and extra-curricular activities and he is always presented as a negative example.

The boy’s parents have made tremendous efforts to bring their son to the level of being able to attend a normal school, fact attested also by the School Orientation Certificate issued by the Hunedoara County General Directorate for Child Assistance and Protection. Now they find themselves in the desperate situation of not knowing what to do with their child.

European Centre for the Rights of Children with Disabilities (ECRCD) is deeply revolted by the abuse and discrimination promoted by the school representatives from the Hunedoara County, who do not take into consideration not only the general principles of law ethics, like the superior interest of the child and his right to dignity, but also several legal norms which regulates the rights of persons with disabilities, the rights of the children and the prevention and sanctioning of all forms of discrimination.

In this context, ECRCD has notified the competent authorities (Ministry of Education and the Hunedoara County Inspectorate for Education) and in case of not answering to our petition by finding the necessary remedies against this abusive situation according the law, we reserve the right to notify the National Council for Combating Discrimination.  

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