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Special needs child removed from class, taken home

Posted at 8:10 PM, Aug 15, 2018
and last updated 2018-08-15 21:13:24-04

A Checotah mother is baffled after her special needs son was removed from his classroom and taken home.

Chelsey Deffenbaugh found out Monday morning that her 7-year-old special needs son was having issues.

Deffenbaugh says she received texts and pictures of her son in the classroom. She still doesn't know who the texts were from, but minutes later she got on the phone to find out that her son Ryan was no longer in school.

She says Ryan was waiting at their house in a shuttle.

"I thought it was something that was resolved, from the way she made it sound, but she waited so long to tell me my son wasn't there," Deffenbaugh said. "And that's what's so confusing to me."

Deffenbaugh is wondering why all this happened without her knowing, but the superintendent says nothing was done outside of protocol.

"We're going to try to appease parents as much as we can, as long as it's reasonable," Monte Madewell, Interim Superintendent said. "I think we've done that here. There's a misunderstanding about how people think things should be done. With that said, we're going to try again."

Chelsey and Superintendent Madewell sat down for a meeting to discuss what happened. Madewell told her the teachers never broke any policy.

The superintendent also said if a similar situation happens in the future, they'll make sure it's handled differently.

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