Down syndrome student and other special needs individuals left out of school yearbook because ‘they don’t participate in classes with high school kids’
- Amber Bailey, 21, a Down syndrome student in Toole County, Utah was left out of the Blue Peak High School yearbook
- Amber is one of 17 special needs students who takes classes at the county’s Community Learning Center in Blue Peak’s building
- Those students have been in the yearbook the past few years, but are not anymore because ‘they don’t participate in classes with high school kids’
- ‘They singled out the students who were in the transition program and said, “We don’t want you in our yearbook,”’ said Amber’s mother, Leslee Bailey
A high school has come under fire for refusing to put special needs students in their yearbook.
Amber Bailey, 21, of Tooele County, Utah is one of the 17 students who takes classes at the county’s Community Learning Center which is in the same building as Blue Peak High School.
For the past two years, Amber, who has Down syndrome, has been in the yearbook, but this year the school decided to stop including these students.
‘It’s kind of like they singled out the students who were in the transition program and said, “We don’t want you in our yearbook,”’ Amber’s mother, Leslee Bailey, told Fox 13.
‘They’ve been to school with these kids. They’ve walked the halls with them. How would you feel if it was your child? You know, your child was left out because, as the principal told me, “We don’t have the pages.”‘
The school meanwhile has said it was not in fact a matter of space, they rather decided there was no reason to include the special needs students.
‘They don’t participate in classes with those Blue Peak High School kids,’ said Mat Jackson, director of special education for Tooele County.
He also noted that since the goal of the transitional program is to help these individuals move on from high school, it did not make sense to have them involved in high school activities like the yearbook.
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