- Apr 7, 2010
The "campaign" is a mothers battle for the best available solution for her child.I will tell you what I dislike most about this story. The use of a sick child to promote a particular position. I have no doubt that the school in question has adequate services. It may even as you claim, been recommended as the best school. Does this mean the child travelling such a long journey every day? Would you put your child through that?
In terms of distance, it is either a 240km school run - as the headline suggests - or it isn't. The article claims the child to have numerous health complications, including autism, a rare chromosome disorder, fluid in her spine, ADHD, limited speech and a hole in her heart. And you say I make an assumption she is not very sick?
As for funding, the HSE funds both schools as does the Dept of Ed. A case could be made to both agencies to provide supports at a local school rather than putting children through such a long, difficult journey. A campaign I would be happy to support.
As campaign to send a child with numerous health complications on a 240km - or even a 120km - bus journey every day I do not support . Not a chance I would put any of my children through this
I hate to see children used in such a way. Shame
The response by the state is not that the journey is not in the childs interest - it is that the other school is nearer.
A team of professionals including psychologists and teachers have said the the net benefit to the child is best serverd by a 60KM 1 way trip rather than a 20KM 1 way trip.
The nearer school will not be upgraded so your support for that campaign is illadvised.