Parents Demand “No Special Treatment” for Paralysed Son

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The demand of parents that their palsy-afflicted son not be accorded “any special treatment” whilst they at the same time insist he attend a regular school and that the school provide a full-time nurse to take care of him has been generating controversy online.

At issue is the insistence of the 51-year-old father and 48-year-old mother of a 13-year-old boy afflicted by severe cerebral palsy that the boy not be sent to a special school for the disabled, and that he instead attend an ordinary school as a regular student.

Suffering from complete paralysis since birth and unable to speak, the child is totally dependent on constant nursing for his day-to-day life.

In accordance with the demands of his parents that “we want to see him learn together with other children regardless of his disability,” he was allowed to attend an ordinary elementary school in Narita, although his mother had to accompany him at school to attend to his extensive nursing requirements, as the school could not provide him a dedicated nurse.

In particular, as he was completely unable to eat or drink by himself, he required assistance at meals and his parents only allowed this to be provided by themselves due to the danger of him choking. After his mother succumbed to fatigue, he was left with no effective carer and his parents insisted the school provide proper assistance in future.

After he graduated and moved to middle school, the local educational authority resolved to accommodate his needs by providing a special nurse for his exclusive use.

His parents are keen for him to receive equal treatment in spite of his condition – due to their insistence on “no special treatment on account of his disability” he now receives marks of 0 on all his tests, whereas previously his test scores were tactfully left blank.

His mother explains: “He wasn’t graded in elementary school. It was special treatment. Now he is graded the same as everyone else. I feel the other children recognise him for that. I’m grateful for the 0.”

The insistence of the parents that he receive “no special treatment” whilst they at the same time demand he be provided with a full-time carer and presumably claim a variety of generous benefits on his behalf has raised more than a few eyebrows online:

“Isn’t that total special treatment?”

“I pity his classmates.”

“This is just to satisfy the ego of the parents.”

“I can’t help but think the are demanding the most extreme form of special treatment possible.”

“Making a completely paralysed child attend a normal school would be hell…”

“Segregation really is required for both sides.”

“In middle school we had retard classes in the same school. Thanks to them classes were cancelled a number of times, honestly I can only remember them causing problems for everyone else.”

“They say that, but I bet they are claiming all their disabled benefits as much as possible.”

“Laying on a full-time nurse for one child will cost $100,000+, from our taxes of course.”

“The parents themselves are completely prejudiced in refusing to let him go to a school which they don’t think is ‘normal’ – it causes problems even for other parents of disabled children.”

“This is just the parents pursuing their own self indulgence and not thinking about the welfare of their child.”

“What about all the tens of millions of yen in tax money they would have to spend building disabled facilities at the school?”

“I’d like to see how these parents responded to hearing their kid be rejected from all the high schools for failing every test.”

“All the treatment and benefits this child receives are themselves a form of discrimination. Without that discrimination he’d die. So be sure to discriminate against him, for his sake!”

“This would be fine with a minor condition, but for something truly debilitating he needs to be given proper care at a special school.”

“Using tests to separate idiots and smart people is special treatment and discrimination, so why don’t we just let any idiot into the top universities?”

“The parents don’t want to recognise their responsibility for bringing a cripple like this into the world. By desperately making him ape normal kids they are merely trying to assuage their own guilt.”

“They’re happy for him to get no marks in a normal school test, but in a special school he might actually be able to get marks in a test.”

“I’m the parent of a disabled child – hearing this kind of news disgusts me. Why can’t they accept the disability of their own child?”

“These people are confusing ‘differentiation’ with ‘discrimination’ and consequently developing a massive persecution complex.”

“I wonder how happy this child is to be surrounded by children totally different to him…”


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    Avatar of Fronzel
    Comment by Fronzel
    05:22 18/01/2011 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    So why does he only get zeros? Is there no way for him to put answers down? Then isn't it all a pretty hilarious farce? What do his parents thing they're accomplishing?

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:36 18/01/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Maybe their definition of "no special treatment" extends to exams too, if the guy can't even move a pencil, how can he answer questions even if he knows the answer?

    Comment by John Hayabusa
    05:13 18/01/2011 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    His parents are simply stupid!

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    Comment by Trollkastel
    05:29 18/01/2011 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    i didn't think one can be so dumb before reading it. what a joke.

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    Comment by Yoshii-kun
    08:54 18/01/2011 # ! Good (+0.4)

    Poor kid.
    Stupid parents.
    No special treatment, my foot...

    Comment by Purple Mage
    10:29 19/01/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    I agree most teachers in a normal classroom would not have a clue as to how to go about teaching someone with special needs.
    They lack the proper training and probably even lack the patience.

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:35 18/01/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Wait, why is there real news in Sankaku?

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:35 18/01/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Wait, why is there real news in Sankaku.

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    Comment by OmfgBogsy
    05:16 18/01/2011 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    Mom: How is the college class going for sports I payed a $5,000 tuition for you?
    Kid: I got kicked out cause I got alot of zeros for not being able to move and all...
    Mom: Oh that's okay! We'll just try again!

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    Comment by Bazzyrick
    05:24 18/01/2011 # ! Quality (+0.8)

    He wont be learning at all. I cant claim I understand the mind of someone who is essentially just a mind, their body doesnt work at all. I dont think anyone else here can either, but at best guess I would say they dont really give a fuck about 'learning'. Probably embarassed to be with and jelous of all the kids he's being forced with.

    These parents just think they are somehow doing good for this kid when infact they arent. Clearly just another case of dumb ass parents. I feel sorry for this kid, obviously because of his illness and also because he's at the full mercy of his parents. Who here would trust their parents to make all those decisions. I wouldnt.

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:35 18/01/2011 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    I think the boy wants to scream...
    If all that shit happend to me I know I would.
    Not able to move, speak and with that kinda parents caring for you in the wrong way...

    AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAH JUST KILL ME ALREADY!!!

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:38 18/01/2011 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    Stephen Hawking didn't show symptoms of his disease until he was 21 at Cambridge University. This kid is in a far worse predicament, plus he's at the mercy of his parents.

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    Comment by NakkiNyan
    07:57 18/01/2011 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    Not only that but because Hawking could be tested they knew he learned what was taught. Even if this kid has full faculties of the mind they will never know if he got stuck on a subject.

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:41 18/01/2011 # ! Good (+0.6)

    anyone here heard of stephen hawking? i imagine they dont want him to go to a "special school" cus everyone knows u dont learn shit in those. At least going to a regular school he's gonna get the same education everyone else is.

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:50 18/01/2011 # ! Good (+0.6)

    then the school kids tell him about hentai, and he sees it. then crys because he cant fap

    ...

    yeah, i am going to hell.. u.u

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    Comment by HouseLife
    12:31 18/01/2011 # ! Good (+0.4)

    ...paved with good intentions...

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:13 18/01/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    Most people with CP have perfectly normal cognitive function, in which case he's not necessarily any less intelligent than anyone else; however, he probably has impaired vision and motor skills if nothing else. That can make it quite difficult to learn things visually and to perform the day to day tasks of school. It's entirely possible otherwise for him to be the best student in his class.

    I'm all for inclusion of the disabled if it's truly for their well-being; however, it's impossible to say from this whether that is the case or not. He could be getting a 0 simply because he isn't able to write his answers on the test, or because he isn't able to learn from the materials being used, or because he does have mental problems concurrent with his CP.

    Ultimately this article tells us nothing that we would need to know in order to make a decision about what is best for this student and other students.

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:06 18/01/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.3)

    I could use a special nurse exclusive for my use as well. ^^

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    Comment by Kitsunemimi6
    15:17 18/01/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    It's a sad sad world when parents who receive benefits for their disabled child forces him to go through school failing all his classes just so that they can puke on & on about equal opportunities for the disabled & what not, some of the worse parent ever conceived...

    No Special Treatment is fine but at the same time, be reasonable parents to your disabled child, it is actually suppose to be ultimately her/his decision alone weither they attend 1 kind of school or another & you as parents are suppose to support your disabled child in whatever decision is made, end of story...

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    06:05 18/01/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    This happened often on one of my high schools, but most of them had down's syndrome, and they seriously shouldn't be there. Not only do they cause accidents but you don't know when you might trigger their hidden raeg. Damned parents can't accept their retarded/paralyzed child and send him to normal schools and cause trouble for everyone, and if they are to be rejected then they yell discrimination. I believe the parents are more retarded than their kids.

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:13 25/01/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    his parents are just dim. i have this feeling that they were trying way to hard to have kids at their age (go look at the article, one of the parents is at least 50). i was taught that the older a woman gets the higher the chance that the born child may have some defect. if they're insisting that he be treated normally, this is just a case of denial, folks. poor kid.

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    Comment by Kitsunemimi6
    15:18 18/01/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    It's a sad sad world when parents who receive benefits for their disabled child forces him to go through school failing all his classes just so that they can puke on & on about equal opportunities for the disabled & what not, some of the worse parent ever conceived...

    No Special Treatment is fine but at the same time, be reasonable parents to your disabled child, it is actually suppose to be ultimately her/his decision alone weither they attend 1 kind of school or another & you as parents are suppose to support your disabled child in whatever decision is made, end of story...

    Geez, stuff like this makes me consider cutting my self to get rid of the frustration created from the knowledge of such tyranny, but of course I never do so so I am forced to use other methods to get the same result...

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    Comment by NakkiNyan
    17:57 18/01/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    This should be considered child abuse since it is possible he has the ability to think and is put in what can only be a bad situation making the mind confinement worse.

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    Comment by Zxero_Ex_3
    09:46 18/01/2011 # ! Neutral (-0.2)

    hmm....he's 13! Come one people! He probably heard the sex talk numerous amount of times from his parents >.> but on the other hand... he might attempt suicide or something >.> or let the nurse do it..... Oh yeah! he can't do anything..... and he's not dead yet???

    Wow! parenting fail at it's best >.>

    Comment by Anonymous

    I know the solution to the solution for the troubles of both that kid and his patents: EUTHANASIA ^__^

    Let's be honest, do you call that "living"?

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    Comment by Hatsune Miku
    10:27 18/01/2011 # ! Good (+0.4)

    I honestly think the parents should let their child decide on what's best for him. I just can't imagine what is like to be paralyzed, it's almost like living in hell.

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:04 18/01/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    What happens if the person cannot physically make a decision, as he cannot speak or otherwise move to tell others of his decision? If he wanted something else, he probably has no way to express it, so the parents assume something that he can neither confirm or deny. Must be hell.
    PS: Stephen Hawking could move and speak fine during his schooling, and thus could actually be tested! It wasn't until later in life that he became crippled by his disease.

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:16 25/01/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    hawking may be crippled but based on his more recent documentaries he still seems to be quite peppy about the universe. this kid on the other hand, we have no idea about the extent of his cognitive ability, if he can talk, if he can answer questions, and most people i know can at least answer test questions, oral or written. if the parents wanted him to get normal treatment, paralyzed as he is, then make him sit through written exams.. oy vey.

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:45 18/01/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    He was born that way so that is "normal" to him. If something like this happened to a normal person though then I think that they would just kill themselves.

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:30 18/01/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    I would rather die than "live" in that way.

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:01 19/01/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    wow, just cruel to keep him alive if he was paralyzed since birth

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    Comment by BlaqCat
    10:59 18/01/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    “These people are confusing ‘differentiation’ with ‘discrimination’ and consequently developing a massive persecution complex.”

    Sum up my thoughts pretty perfectly.

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    Comment by Trollkastel
    05:20 18/01/2011 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    did they ever bother to ask the boy if he wants to be treated like that? is there even any way of comunicating with him?

    honstly it sounds like complete bullshit, the parents arguments

    Comment by Purple Mage
    10:47 19/01/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    He might be able communicate to if they fit him with a braingate but I doubt his parents would pay for it.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/BrainGate
    Plus getting one likely would require traveling to the US.
    The very thought of having a normal mind but not being able to communicate sounds like the worst hell possible to me.
    But even with this device putting him in a normal class room would be stupid.

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    Comment by Blaine
    08:02 18/01/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    When it comes to Cerebral Palsy, there can be cognitive problems.

    Very often, the person is capable of thinking and understanding the same as a typical person.

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    Comment by bluecarrot
    12:06 18/01/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Heh, tho there really isn't any leeway in this confused story. Even if he is capable of taking in the information in school he's gonna be as isolated as if he were in a hospital or a special school....

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:58 18/01/2011 # ! Good (+0.6)

    It is sad that there parents do not accept the incapability of their own son!
    I mean...
    Can't you see he is NOT-HAVING FUN with things he can't do? I feel sorry for that guy.

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    Comment by Glublock
    05:22 18/01/2011 # ! Good (+0.6)

    Paralyzed? Not a problem. There's tons of things he can do, like... Nothing? Should he even attend at school at all, when he can not write nor speak? Doubt he can do any real work, and even if he could, why force it on him? If he's got eyes and ears, let him watch some anime all day long.

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:28 18/01/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    @ Glublock 05:22 :

    Is this kid *truly-and-completely* paralyzed?

    If he can move his eyes, or blink an eyelid, then he's potentially got a channel to the outside world.

    Google "eye-tracking"+"weapon control", or "eye-tracking"+"text input" and you'll get tons of hits.

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:25 19/01/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Or maybe... you know...
    Morse code?

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:07 18/01/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    don't diss the kid. he might just win the world record for a staring contest.

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    Comment by Jash
    05:22 18/01/2011 # ! Good (+0.4)

    This seems quite wasteful, he should just go to a special school especially if he isn't actually getting any marks

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    Comment by ham
    14:24 18/01/2011 # ! Good (+0.4)

    I get that these parents want a positive image for their son, but it's not happening like this. In fact, I feel like people are gonna get real sick of that lady and her attitude real fast and it's gonna effect how her son is treated. She's doing a lot more harm than good...for everyone.

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    Comment by Bassanova
    06:07 18/01/2011 # ! Good (+0.4)

    It seems that there are two lines that stand for parental abuse, one too low and the other too high.

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    Comment by ColdCock
    06:07 18/01/2011 # ! Good (+0.4)

    I dont wana seem like an asshole, but why is this kid even in school? In cases like his the school is nothing more than a daycare for a child that will never have a normal life, just giving the parents some time away from the burden of having them around.

    That being said, if he is still mentaly normal, he should be in a place where he will learn the best. No way would a normal school be the place for someone like that.

    Comment by Purple Mage
    10:41 19/01/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    A special needs school would be lower cost as the same nurse can take care of several special needs children.
    Also they need to have him fitted with this device.
    If his mind is normal it could free him from his prison by allowing him to communicate.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/BrainGate

    Even if his mind is normal and he gets a braingate he'll still need to be in a special needs school.

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    Comment by Ben
    06:58 18/01/2011 # ! Good (+0.4)

    Awkward... I agree with the majority, this is just goofy.

    Does the kid have no way to communicate? Two reasons I ask.

    1. He would probably object.
    2. Couldn't he relay answers to his paper through an assistant, and how do they even know if he's learning if he can't talk?

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    Comment by LanSlyde
    07:26 18/01/2011 # ! Good (+0.4)

    What manner of what the fuckery is going on here? Seriously wtf mate? They demand that he be treated like a normal kid when he is clearly not. He cant even feed himself and they want him to attend a normal school, have that school provide a nurse, AND grade him on the same level as all the other kids when he CANT EVEN MOVE!...:facepalm:

    ...facking japanese.

    If they want to give the kid an education send him to a school for kids like him, not burden the school with there outrageous demands.

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:33 18/01/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    His parents are mentally disabled!!! They're contradicting themselves too much that it's not even funny. I suppose you can give them a little leeway, though, considering they had to raise him in his state since birth. It just took it's toll on them. Not that they're suffering nearly as much as the boy himself, of course.
    Now, I wonder, what does the son have to say about any of this?

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    Comment by Tateha
    08:47 18/01/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    if their child didn't receive special treatment, he would normally not be able to exist. he would be dead.

    to force schools and their child to give him a "normal" education is just the parents in denial in the fact that he can never live a normal life.

    while his mind may be alive in well, he can't function in school if it means he has to write tests and do homework. those 0's should be null, as he couldn't have the capacity to lift a pencil anyways.

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:52 18/01/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    The mother is grateful for the 0. Are we honestly thinking about the child?

    Answer: No.





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