Mum furious as son with Down’s Syndrome ‘left outside school naked and crying’

A mother has claimed that her little boy with Down's Syndrome was left outside school naked, soaking wet and "crying like a baby."

Levi Blackshaw, 11, was allegedly escorted outside on the cold afternoon of October 30 last year at special needs Stanley School in Pensby, Wirral.

His mum Suzanne Cole claims he was recorded on CCTV cameras "curled up in a ball".

Levi, who has significant health problems and is non-verbal, was allegedly left in the playground for 30 minutes with staff sat watching from a classroom.

Now, 11 months later, the school's head teacher, deputy head and assistant head have all been suspended by the board of governors pending a major investigation into Levi's treatment and other 'unrelated matters', the Liverpool Echo reports .

Deputy head Cecilia Maxwell, head teacher Anthony Roberts, and assistant head teacher Helen Clements have reportedly been suspended, although the suspension is not an indication they are guilty of any misconduct but is an opportunity for the issues to be fully investigated.

Ms Maxwell, who allegedly asked for Levi to be taken outside, was reportedly investigated over the incident but was allowed to return to the school.

The alleged incident was reported to police but Suzanne and her partner, Alex Kearney, were reportedly told there was not enough evidence to mount a prosecution.

Mum-of-six Suzanne, from Noctorum, told the Echo she had no idea anything untoward had happened until the following day, when a witness described seeing her son out in the cold.

She said: "When I found out I was just crying. I went into the school and I nearly smashed the classroom up.

"My partner had to get the social workers and I had to be removed from the building.

"I demanded to see the CCTV footage from the head teacher and it took two weeks, and when we saw it I was crying and even he was crying.

"It was awful. What's really hard is how can you prove how Levi was affected? He is non-verbal, he is not like us.

"He came home from school that evening and we didn't even know. You send them to school to be protected."

A video posted on Facebook by Miss Kearney, who works for an autism charity, reportedly records her telling viewers: "The CCTV footage says it all, as witnesses said he was curled up in a ball crying like a baby."

Levi, who has behavioural difficulties related to his condition, had been acting up on the day of the incident and was left in a classroom on his own, reports said.

Suzanne claimed he began playing with water, got himself wet and decided to take his clothes off.

When staff at the school went to retrieve him, he was taken to a different classroom where Ms Maxwell was present.

The deputy head allegedly asked other staff to place Levi outside with just a towel round his shoulders.

After around eight minutes, he was given a pair of shorts, but was left for a further 22 minutes, the CCTV footage allegedly showed.

Ms Maxwell was placed under investigation and later allowed to return to school, according to the Echo.

Suzanne, who is Levi's full-time carer, said her son returned to Stanley School but has since moved to high school.


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