CHICAGO -- The mother of a Chicago Public Schools student with special needs wants answers after she found her son wearing a trash bag when she visited his kindergarten classroom.
According to WGN, 5-year-old Lloyd lives with epilepsy and is nonverbal. His mother, Nyesha Terry, found him seated at a desk away from other students wearing a trash bag a teacher had turned into a poncho in his classroom at Wentworth Elementary.
She called it dangerous, disrespectful and absolutely unnecessary.
“My heart broke,” she said.
She complained to the teacher. She said the teacher explained she was concerned Lloyd would get sick from being in a wet shirt. The next day, Terry checked in and found the teacher had done it again.
As an epileptic, saliva often times drips onto Lloyd’s shirt. But his previous school didn't need a garbage bag. His mother also said the school had bibs and extra clothing to change him into. She also said she doesn’t know why Lloyd wasn't sitting next to other students in his class.
“He is the only child that was isolated,” she said.
She said she took her concerns to the principal and also repeatedly called CPS for answers but hasn't heard anything.
WGN contacted CPS and it issued a statement saying, in part, "We work to ensure all students are comfortable in their learning environment. This incident is inexcusable and CPS has launched an investigation. We will take all appropriate actions to ensure this issue is resolved and prevented from happening again."