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Parents protest T/E policy after kindergartner with Down Syndrome is reported to police

FEBRUARY 6, 2020 / BY CAROLINE O'HALLORAN


T/E is in the news again and not for its test scores.


The school district is grappling with its response to a family whose kindergartner with Down Syndrome was reported to Tredyffrin police.


The six-year-old’s offense? Pointing her finger and saying, “I shoot you” to her special ed teacher at Valley Forge Elementary.


Maggie Gaines says her daughter Margot has trouble with transitions, not unusual for kids with intellectual disabilities. Margot simply didn’t want to leave her morning classroom.

But the district had retooled its threat-assessment policy in 2018 after a widely publicized anti-Semitic threats at T/E Middle School and a rash of school shootings nationwide. The new policy required a “consult” with police, the district says.


And so, police were called..... read the rest of the story on SAVVY / Main Line.


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