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I am trying to find out if what a teacher said to my son would be regarded as disability d

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I am trying to find out if what a teacher said to my son would be regarded as disability discrimination of some sort -
Teacher said to the class “I inherited some of my madness from my Dad. He wasn’t the good kind though, he was, you know, (whistled cuckoo sound), sprectrum-y”. As he said “spectrum-y” he made a hand gesture which seemed to imply narrow minded.
Hello, my name is***** am a qualified lawyer and it is my pleasure to assist you with your question today. So the teacher was referring to their own dad, not someone else's?
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
Yes the teacher was refering to his own Father. By using the word "spectrum-y" as an adjective for madness, but my son is on the Autistic Spectrum and was extremely upset by this comment.
Whilst you can try and argue that the use of such a phrase is discrimination, in reality it is not a serious matter as far as the courts would be concerned so it is unlikely to get you far. That does not mean that you cannot pursue the matter internally with the school though. If your son was particularly upset by the use of this word because of his own condition, there is an argument that the teacher has not acted in a very sensitive manner and if the school sees it as necessary, they could deal with it internally. For example, this could involve reprimanding him through the disciplinary procedure, or they could ask him to apologise. There are a range of options available, but this is best dealt with through the school, rather than as a disability discrimination claim which this is unlikely to be seen as. I hope this has answered your query. I would be grateful if you could please take a second to leave a positive rating (3, 4 or 5 stars) as that is an important part of our process and recognises the time I have spent assisting you. If you need me to clarify anything before you go - please get back to me on here and I will assist further as best as I can. Thank you
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