Fury at disabled teen’s school shower

A disabled teenage boy was stripped naked and showered by his teachers because he smelled of urine, it emerged yesterday.

Now the boy’s shocked mother is facing legal action after keeping her son away from the special school on north Tyneside in England.

The 14-year-old boy - who suffers from cerebral palsy - was showered without her consent after complaints that he smelled of stale urine.

The head teacher at Woodlawn School in Monkseaton, near Whitley Bay, said he told classroom assistants to shower the boy so to save him from “social embarrassment”.

His mother, named only as Mandy, was ordered to appear before an education panel to explain why her son has not been at school.

She said the incident traumatised her son.

“He was stripped and on a shower table,” she said.

“He was absolutely sobbing his heart out.

“When I tried to calm him down, I said ‘What’s happened to you today?’ and he said ‘I’ve been humiliated.’”

A spokeswoman for North Tyneside Council said education watchdog Ofsted praised the school.

“Staff acted, gently and with his agreement, to protect the student from social embarrassment - and to ensure his personal hygiene and comfort.

“We understand his mum is still anxious and we hope she feels able to discuss her concerns with us as together we have the interests of the child at heart.”

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