A Melbourne school for children with intellectual disabilities is under investigation after being accused of making one of its students sit outside on a beanbag for more than an entire term as a way of dealing with his challenging behaviour.
A former teacher at the Merriang Special Development School spoke to 7.30 on condition of anonymity.
“I don’t know how you can call yourself a teacher if that’s what you’re doing with a kid every day,” John (not his real name) said.
He said he discovered the practice when he returned from long service leave and spoke to other staff members.
“And I said, what do you mean for the entirety of term three? They said, he’d come in in the morning and he would go outside, and he’d sit there for the six hours of the school day.”
“Sometimes he would walk around the yard, but very rarely. Mostly just sitting on the beanbag — he might have had an iPad at times.”
This had been going on for all of Term 3 and some of Term 4.
“Term 3, that’s winter,” John said.
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