I was sad to read recently that Highland Council cancelled Crown Primary School's (from Inverness) annual trip, because they were afraid of being sued for excluding a disabled child from the trip.
The Equality and Human Rights Commission wasn't much impressed either, and said that the action was short sighted.
Normally the school stays at an outdoor activity centre in Craggan in the Cairngorms. However, Donna Williamson said that her daughter was physically unable to take part in the activities planned. Therefore, fearing legal action, the council cancelled the trip for everyone.
Quite how cancelling the trip helps the children of the school I fail to see.
Nor do I think that they have made the daughter of Ms Williamson terribly popular (even though she is blameless) with her class mates for this.
The concept of integration etc works both ways. By all means do your utmost to help include people. However, inclusion is not helped by banning activities that not all can take part in.
The child will now feel thoroughly miserable for being the unwitting cause of this.
The council are gutless, as their actions indicate that they could not be bothered to try to withstand a speculative legal challenge on this matter.
Sometimes you do have to stand up for what you think is right, even if some lawyer says that you will lose.
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