Disabled students want to go to school

CAMERON PARISH, LA (KPLC) - A Cameron Parish family said their children are being denied access to attend regular classes at their school in Grand Lake because of their disabilities.

Paula Stevens is mother to 9-year-old Amy Stevens and Tony Stevens. Both children have disabilities that require them to have a nurse by their side.

According to Paula, her children were in regular education classes and went to special ed. class for thirty minutes each day. She claims that now the school is requiring the children to spend at least 80-percent of their school day in the special ed. classroom.

Also, since her kids need to have a nurse beside them all day long, she said the school won't allow the nurses in the classroom while they are in school.

"It makes you feel really bad when you know what these kids have gone through so much to get where they are and they just want to go to school like everybody else," Paula said.

The following statement was released by the Cameron Parish School Board:

The Cameron Parish school Board will not comment on allegations made by parents through this and other media. While parents are free to make public claims or comments of any nature or kind regarding their opinions, the School Board does not consider it appropriate for it to comment on confidential matters involving its students. While the lack of a response may place the school system at a disadvantage in the realm of the news and other social media, maintaining the confidentiality of matters involving its students is more important to the school system. Please rest assured that the Cameron Parish School Board continues its mission of providing a quality education for all students, as well as a safe and supportive environment for students and staff.

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