Jun 10, 2016 11:49 AM

Farmington mom speaks out after 6-year-old suspended for 20 days


FARMINGTON — A mother of two is speaking out against the Valley View Community School after her 6-year-old was suspended for 20 days.

Brittany Small, a Farmington mom told seacoastonline.com she feels it is an unfair punishment - and not the first time one of her children has been in trouble.

She said he was given two 10-day back-to-back suspensions after engaging in what the school called unsafe behavior including hitting staff, climbing on desks, and throwing chairs around.

Small also said her 8-year-old has been suspended for five days for fighting, which came about after she said two other students were bullying him.

Small's anger comes from the feeling that the school chooses to suspend her children instead of handling their needs.

"Both of my children are really smart, but they have behavior issues that are keeping them out of class," Small said. "And because they are so smart, they don't qualify for special education or a 504, so the schools don't see them as having special needs."

Small believes that her sons being out of school for long periods of time will have a negative impact on their education.

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