Pauline's misguided comments cause a stir

SENATOR Pauline Hanson has stirred up plenty of outrage with her misguided comments on special needs children in schools.

The One Nation leader announced on Wednesday her party would back the Federal Government's $18.6 billion school funding package.

She also said autistic children should be removed from mainstream classrooms so they could get "special attention” and for the benefit of other students.

Senator Hanson has since protested that her words were taken out of context.

Gympie Times Facebook followers, especially the parents of special needs children, reacted strongly.

One parent questioned the evidence that would support the statement and said a state of "autism apartheid” already existed in Australian society.

"This will push the higher functioning kids on the spectrum out of mainstream education,” she said.

It raises one of several questions: at what point would a child be deemed "too” autistic for mainstream inclusion? Where would the buckets of money come from to build all the new classrooms?

"I believe in many of Pauline's stances but not this,” one commenter wrote.

It's certainly not the kind of statement you would expect to hear from a civic leader.

Gympie Times


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