An Alabama school ejects disabled child

HARTSELLE, Ala. (AP) -- A north Alabama woman is criticizing a school's decision to eject her 4-year-old disabled daughter from class.

Brandy Borden says Hartselle Superintendent William Michael Reed kicked her daughter out of Burleson Elementary School after she moved a half-mile outside the city limits. The girl, Madison Nicole Borden, is blind and has cerebral palsy.

Reed says the district doesn't allow preschoolers from outside the district to attend class. He says dismissing the girl wasn't pleasant, and he's sorry he had to do it.

Grandmother Penny Robinson says the family offered to pay out-of-district fees, but school officials refused.

The girl's mother says they had to move outside of Hartselle to a larger home that could accommodate her daughter's special needs. She says officials aren't being very compassionate.


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