From JURUPA VALLEY (CBSLA.com) — The family of a with special needs in Jurupa Valley is furious that his school had him and his classmates rummage through the trash for recyclables.
Officials at Patriot Valley High announced Wednesday that they’ve suspended the program in response to the backlash.
“The shame and the embarrassment for the children, it hurts,” said
Carmen Wells, who complained to the Jurupa Unified School District on
Tuesday. She said her son, Marcus, came home upset from his first day
back at school because he was told to put on gloves and dig through the
trash, alongside other with special needs.
She said she couldn’t believe her ears.
“It bothered my son, but he wants to be part of everyone, part of the
team, so he’s going to do it,” Wells said. “I felt victimized for my
child and his classmates.”
District officials confirm students with special needs were
instructed to sift through trash cans for recyclables and that they’ve
been having students with special needs do this for years. They said the
money raised from the recycled items funds a larger training plan that
teaches students with special needs about , among other life skills.
“My kid should not be in the garbage can for your recycling,” Wells said.
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