Six-year-old boy told to ‘take off hearing aid to look smart for school photo’

Alfie Durant’s mother Kerri says he was left ’embarrassed and upset’ at being asked to take off the device

Alfie wearing his hearing aid (left) and without it in his school photo

Alfie wearing his hearing aid (left) and without it in his school photo Photo: Middlesborough Evening Gazette

A six-year-old boy was left “embarrassed and upset” when his school made him take off his hearing aid so he would look “smart” for his school photo.

Alfie Durant’s mother Kerri was puzzled when he refused for the first time to wear the device to school in case his classmates laughed at him.

But she realised why three days later when he brought his pictures home and she saw he had been photographed alongside cartier jewelry review
his little sister Scarlett, five, without the hearing aid, which sits behind his ear and is worn on a black band around his head.

When the school photographer arrived Alfie Durant was taken to the school office to have his hearing aid taken off at Middlesbrough’s Pallister Park Primary.


Alfie Durant’s hearing aid (Evening Gazette)

Mrs Durant immediately complained to the school saying her son, who has severe hearing loss in both ears, was being singled out because of his disability.

The school, ranked “outstanding” by Ofsted, has now apologised to Alfie’s mother and father, Robert, saying there was “no intent to cause bracelet replica cartier any offence by either any member of our staff or the photographer”.

Mrs Durant, 28, a restaurant supervisor, became suspicious that something was wrong when Alfie refused to put his hearing aid on the morning after the school photo shoot.

She said: “He said he was embarrassed to wear it in front of his classmates and he never had been before.

“Then when his pictures came he wasn’t wearing it in them and he told me the school told him to take it off for the photo so he would look smart.

“I phoned the school and spoke to the special educational needs officer who said they made a decision that I would want his aid off for the photograph.

“I feel my son has been discriminated against because of his disability and would like people to know how he is treated.

“Alfie suffers a lot with cartier love bangle his condition but he is such a brave lad. He should be accepted as he is.”


The school photograph (Evening Gazette)

Christine Wain, head teacher of Pallister Park Primary School, said: “Alfie is a beautiful little boy and takes a gorgeous picture whatever he is wearing, we have lovely photos of him on our website with his hearing aid on.

“The school photographic sessions saw our visiting photographer take 600 pictures over two days and we do our best to ensure that parents are pleased with the photos they receive.

“There was obviously no intention to cause any offence by either any member of our staff or the photographer, and we have already apologised to Alfie’s mum for any upset callingallcakes.org caused.

“Perhaps we could have taken one picture with and one without, but hindsight is a wonderful thing and we will be sure to keep Alfie’s hearing aid in place when next year’s pictures are taken and we can only apologise again.”

 

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